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Old 03-23-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout Clone

One of my favorite beers to drink recently has been FW's Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout. It has a silky smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness, and just the right amount of roast.

I'd love to try and brew a clone of this great beer but couldn't find a recipe out there so I figured I'd try and formulate one with your feedback.


Here's what I know from their website:
OG: 15.0 (1.061)
ABV: 5.5% (therefore FG must be about 1.019)
IBUs: 30

Grains:
Maris Otter, 2-Row Pale, Roast Barley, English Dark Caramel, Medium Caramel, Carafa Malt, Oats (15%)

Hops:
100% US Grown Fuggle Hops


From the following YouTube vid I extracted some more info:


"Briess brand roasted barley"
"Marris Otter along with some Munich Malt"


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Old 03-23-2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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Here's a first shot at a recipe:

Recipe: Velvet Merlin clone
Style: Oatmeal Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.061 SG
Estimated Color: 24.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 30.3 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
4.50 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 37.66 %
3.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 29.29 %
1.75 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 14.64 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 8.37 %
0.40 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 3.35 %
0.40 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3.35 %
0.20 lb Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 1.67 %
0.20 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 1.67 %
2.00 oz Fuggles, US [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 30.3 IBU
5.00 gal Irvine, CA Water
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11.95 lb
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Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 14.94 qt of water at 174.9 F 158.0 F


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Old 03-23-2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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Subscribed. I too am wanting to formulate an oatmeal stout for this weekends brew. I have never created my own stout , so Im a little intimidated.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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Any thought/comments on my first attempt at a recipe?
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:59 PM   #5
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I'm very interested in a Velvet Merkin clone. If I remember correctly this beer is partially aged in bourbon barrels.

I'm really bummed that I didn't remember the recipe when I saw it. I went on a tour of the Firestone Walker brewery with my brew club, and the computer in the controls office had the Velvet Merlin recipe up on it. GAHH.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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Bummer, should have whipped out the cell phone camera and snapped a quick pic.

It is aged in bourbon barrels briefly after being fermented in stainless steel. Maybe I'll experiment with some oak chips and a touch of bourbon on a gallon or so of my batch.
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So how did this turn out?
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Still haven't brewed it, but it will likely be my next brew. Will prob changes the hops to EKG and yeast to WLP005 since that's what I have on hand.
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We just got Firestone in Colorado and I had my first Merlin. Excellent! I'd be interested to hear how it goes for you
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:11 PM   #10
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Still haven't brewed it, but it will likely be my next brew. Will prob changes the hops to EKG and yeast to WLP005 since that's what I have on hand.
Wondering if you ever brewed this and how it turned out???


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