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Old 12-06-2012, 02:10 PM   #11
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My first all grain was an oatmeal chocolate stout. It was pretty easy and fun!!


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Old 12-06-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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Maybe Im still too new for this...I read the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and I just dont understand the vernacular as well as I should I guess. I want to do this, but I want to do it right. Jesus I have a lot to learn.


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Oats (wouldn't be an oatmeal stout without them) technically require mashing. To really do it right, a mash would be required. Whether it's all grain or partial mash doesn't matter, just need enzymes to convert the starch in the oats.

That said, you can get away with steeping them. You won't get any extra fermentables from them, but you should be able to get some beta-glucans and that little bit of flavor. It won't be as good as if they were mashed, but it's doable. You'll get haze from the oats being unconverted, which in a stout isn't really an issue like it would be in a lighter beer. I believe the unconverted starches would also make it more susceptible to an infection, but as long as you're very thorough with your sanitation (as you should be anyway), that shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:58 PM   #14
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My first stout was a real cheap extract kit from Northern Brewer. Dry Irish stout, came out pretty dang good! As for partial mash kits, I only did one (in my opinion, a huge waste of time!) moved straight to AG. I have a milk stout in my secondary now ready to bottle/ keg. I think you should look at the ingredients in a kit and cut it in half or third to fit your fermenter! Good luck, you can do it!
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No, a style is a style is a style. In terms of difficulty, unless you're getting into all grain brewing and doing things like "abrew in a bag triple decoction with a step infusion and a mashout" then one recipe is no more complicated than any other, especially if you are starting out by doing an extract with steeping grains recipe.

Your grain bill might be different for different recipes, but what you with them (the process) will be the same, which is something akin to "steep grains for x minutes, in y gallons of water, remove grains bring to boil, add extract and hops as directed, cool, transfer to ferment, pitch yeast and relax."

And if you come upon a kit that says "abrew in a bag triple decoction with a step infusion and a mashout", and you don't understand what it means, then you're not ready for it yet. But you will be later.
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as others have said, just go for it! plenty of oatmeal stouts should be pretty easy to brew.

if you've had barney flat's oatmeal stout and liked it, you might try making that beer. the recipe the brewery used is floating around on a few threads. it's a really, really good beer.
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I hope it is! My first batch of beer ever is in my primary now, and it is a one gallon, all grain oatmeal stout kit from ahs. It was done BIAB (im still not clear on the difference between this and mashing), and I'm hopeful that it'll turn out ok. I'll report back in a few weeks! Lol
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good luck! I am starting an oatmeal stout tonight!
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I hope it is! My first batch of beer ever is in my primary now, and it is a one gallon, all grain oatmeal stout kit from ahs. It was done BIAB (im still not clear on the difference between this and mashing), and I'm hopeful that it'll turn out ok. I'll report back in a few weeks! Lol
BIAB mashing is still mashing. The underlying biochemical processes you're enabling are the same. The only difference is in the actual brewing process, and even then the differences aren't huge.
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Find a kit or a recipe and go for it.
If you have any questions...BEFORE you start is the best time to ask.

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