Ok, overambitious as I am, I got it in my head that I really wanted to create my own recipe. I only started brewing last summer but man when I get an idea in my head... Well hey, the worst that could happen was that I screw up, waste the ingredient money, and end up with a beer other than what I was going for, right?
Guess what happened.
Ok, what I was shooting for was a chocolate peppermint porter (which I named "St Peppermint Patty's Porter"). I used "Brewtarget" to come up with a recipe that would at least yield SOME kind of palatable alcoholic beverage. The recipe was as follows:
1lb chocolate malt
.5lb flaked barley
.5lb flaked oats
7lb amber LME (did I mention I do extract? oh. well, I do extract...)
1.5 oz cascade 60 min
.5 oz cascade 7 minutes
1tsp peppermint extract in boil
4 oz bakers unsweetened chocolate in secondary
What I ended up with was a porter. Plain and simple. Well, with incredible head retention and a refreshing finish. The peppermint pretty much completely boiled off (except for the odor that I can NOT get out of my fermenter and a slightly metallic odor to the beer) and none of the chocolate flavors were gained. I've since learned that the chocolate should have been boiled. Beyond this, what do you guys think I should try?
I'm happy with the beer over all. It came in at a solid 5% and it's quite tasty. I'd still like to try again at some point for the desired product of what is essentially an adult chocolate bar in liquid form.