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Old 01-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default chocolate what kind and how much

Im going to brew the following and would like to add chocolate. Any info would be appreciated.

8.75 lbs muntons pale ale malt
1 lb of crystal 75
1.5 lbs of brown malt
0.75 lb chocolate malt

6.5AAU Fuggle hops at 60 min (1.3 oz of 4.7 AA)
3.15 AAU Fuggles at 15 min (.67 oz of 4.7% AA)

WLP 002 English ale

Mash at 153F for 60 min at mash thickness 1.3 quarts per lb.
Boil 60 min
Ferment at 62

OG 1.054


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Old 01-19-2012, 12:48 AM   #2
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Only use low-fat cocoa powder. 2-4 oz. should be enough.

By the way, none of those malts have any diastatic power, so you may as well steep for 20 minutes and be done. Years ago, brown malts retained some enzymes, but unless your source specifically says it does, don't count on it.
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i usually add 8oz of hersey's 100% cocoa powder when doing my chocolate stout, always comes out great. If you want a subtle chocolate flavor, use maybe half.
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Only use low-fat cocoa powder. 2-4 oz. should be enough.

By the way, none of those malts have any diastatic power, so you may as well steep for 20 minutes and be done. Years ago, brown malts retained some enzymes, but unless your source specifically says it does, don't count on it.
Pale ale malt is a base malt, plenty of diastatic power, must be mashed
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thanks guys, guess i need to decide how chocolately.
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or maybe chocolatey, whatever, guess i'll ask the other half
btw, when do you add it?

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i put mine in the last 15 min in the boil
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do you add any vanilla?
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Cocoa nibs also work well, I got lots of dark chocolate aroma by dry nibbing in a keg of porter for about two weeks.
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