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Old 12-01-2011, 10:55 PM   #11
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Wondering if you ever brewed this and how it turned out???
Yes, I brewed it about 12 days ago. I change the recipe to the following:

Style: Oatmeal Stout
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.061 SG
Estimated Color: 39.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 36.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.50 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 65.22 %
1.25 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 10.87 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 8.70 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 35L (35.0 SRM) Grain 4.35 %
0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 4.35 %
0.50 lb Roasted Barley 595*L (595.0 SRM) Grain 4.35 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 2.17 %
1.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [7.20 %] (60 min) Hops 36.5 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
5.00 gal Irvine, CA Water
1 Pkgs British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) Yeast-Ale


90 minute mash @ 154*F




Brew day went perfectly and it fermented clean and strong. It's sitting at 1.016 right now, might drop maybe one more point but no more. The hydrometer sample tasted great, can't wait to get this kegged.

I'll post more details once I get a "real" taste...
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #12
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I just bought a bottle of their XV. Which has a small break down of the beers in the blend. It says that the merkin is 15% oats. I see it's a bit late but maybe it will help someone.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:28 PM   #13
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I just bought a bottle of their XV. Which has a small break down of the beers in the blend. It says that the merkin is 15% oats. I see it's a bit late but maybe it will help someone.
Yes, had 15% in my first post but decided to change it.

What I ended up with for a recipe isn't exactly a Velvet Merlin clone, but more an Oatmeal Stout inspired by Velvet Merlin.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:43 PM   #14
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I just bought a bottle of their XV. Which has a small break down of the beers in the blend. It says that the merkin is 15% oats. I see it's a bit late but maybe it will help someone.
I too got a bottle of the anniversary, simply amazing.

This look great, I would love to try and brew a clone of the merkin.

I would also really like to try and clone the walkers reserve porter. Simply phoenomal porter.

Adam and David are lords of wood aging!
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:10 PM   #15
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Don't forget Matt Brynildson, I think he is main reason Firestone Walker beers are what they are...
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #16
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That reserve Porter is AWESOME! Let us know how the recipe comes out, would love to brew something close.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:30 PM   #17
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How did this turn out?
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:19 PM   #18
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How did this turn out?
Sorry for the late reply.

This actually turned out really well. Here's a pic side by side with Velvet Merlin (mine is on right):



With all that roasted malt mine definitely needs to age a bit before it's in it's prime, but it's drinking well already.

The head on the Velvet Merlin is a little darker tan than mine though my beer is overall a little darker.

Overall the Merlin does taste better, but they are close. They have the same mouthfeel and smoothness/body. Once mine ages it will be even closer.

One thing I would change is the hops - I don't really like the EKG and there's basically no hop flavor in the Merlin. Next time I'll use Magnum for the same IBUs.
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Weird, I put that into BrewMate and got a 21 srm.
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Weird, I put that into BrewMate and got a 21 srm.
user error. boil volume was set too high
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