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DubbelDach 12-24-2011 01:21 AM

Stille Nacht: Belgian Chocolate Stout
This is my Xmas 2011 giveaway beer. Drinking one now, so I feel compelled to post. This is good!
  • 14 lbs Belgian Pale
  • 1 lb Chocolate Malt
  • 12 oz Roasted Barley
  • 9 oz Belgian Debittered Black
  • 7 oz Belgian Special B
  • 22 oz Oats Flaked
  • 2 oz Styrian Goldings (Pellets, 6.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
  • .5 oz Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 30 min.
  • .5 oz Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 2 min.
  • 7 oz Belgian Chocolate (Cote d'Or Bittersweet Chocolate, one 3.5 oz bar of 86% and one 3.5 oz bar of 70%) chopped and boiled 10 mins.
  • 4 oz Cacao Nibs (bagged and added to secondary for 2 weeks)
  • 1 vial White Labs WLP530 Abbey Ale (big starter)

The juju:

The mess... VIGOROUS primary!

The custom caps from BottleMark:

The finished product:

Hanso 10-28-2012 01:43 AM

This looks good. Any tasting notes?

Cgreen042389 11-22-2012 03:58 AM

how big of a starter did u use? want to brew this next weekend

t-ross 10-20-2013 12:06 PM

I was also thinking of doing a Belgian version of FBS. How did this turn out?

DubbelDach 11-18-2013 05:43 PM

Been a while, but IIRC, not chocolatey enough. I'd do all the above and then touch it off with some chocolate extract before bottling/kegging. That would add some aroma at the very least. Also maybe some vanilla bean. Since I made this, I learned that a touch of vanilla can really round out chocolate flavors. the beer itself was solid. I still use the base recipe (FBS clone basically, except this subs in Belgian counterparts like Special B for the C120, etc.)

Size of a starter? Big. Or pitch 2 vials. Either way. I probably stepped it up twice if I had time, if that helps. Of course, maybe it was too big since the beer literally 'sploded all over (-:


Hanso 11-19-2013 02:43 AM

Great tips - thanks for replying. I've been watching this thread a while hoping that it produced a good result and it seems like it's worth a shot.

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