Well, today is beer day (bottling, transferring 2 to secondaries and brewing), so I thought I'm able to get you some feedback on this one.
I used the kit as it came:
6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract
8 oz. Chocolate Malt
4 oz. Flaked Barley
4 oz. Caramel 60L
4 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains
1/2 oz. Cascade pellet hops
1 oz. Fuggles pellet hops
1 packet Safale S-04
I started with 3 gal H2O and added the grains to steep at 158 F for 35 min.
Steep finished at 153 F and sat for 5 min
60 min Cascade
30 min Fuggles
15 min Irish Moss (I always use it)
Cooled using ice bath and ice blocks in wort (previously made in GladWare containers)
Pitched yeast @ 70 F
O.G. 1.049 @ 61.5 F
F.G. 1.020 @ 58 F (-.007 correction)= 1.0193
(Supposed to be 1.010-1.012, so I hit lucky #1.020)
Tastes a bit too malty sweet, but has a nice smoothness.
For the coffee, I heeded the advice of others here and did a cold brew. The hope was to avoid adding oils to the beer which is bad for head retention.
I ground the beans and put them into a 2 quart measuring cup and added cold water.
Left in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Pouring into secondary using a strainer to get as much of the grounds out as possible (this was not easy and there is probably a better method).
I put it back in my closet (temporary fermentation cabinet) which holds at about 68 F.
Feel free to ask any questions and I will attempt
to answer them.
Hope you like this and that it helps!