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Old 01-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #11
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I think the hops should be something earthy,like fuggle. Might help the darker quality of flavor that good chocolate has.


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I think the hops should be something earthy,like fuggle. Might help the darker quality of flavor that good chocolate has.
I think Fuggle is the type of hops I ordered. I liked the description they had for them on Midwest Supplie's website. They should arrive soon and I will get the brew going. Thanks for the advice!


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So I finally got the beer started. The mash and boil was a little interesting as I had never really tried it before. When I added the irish moss to the boil, it boiled over really fast. That was a nice mess I had to clean up but luckily not much of the wort was lost. I also added a small amount of dextrose and a little bit of yeast energizer and yeast nutrient. I've heard of people using it before so I wanted to try it out and see how the results changed with them.

It has been in primary for about a week and I'm about to move it to the secondary. I think I'm going to stick with just the lactose and cocoa nibs. I just want it to hint at chocolate flavor but not be a rich chocolate flavor. I'm going to hopefully move it to secondary today.
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Make sure it's at FG first. Don't be in too big of a hurry to finish it.
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That seems like a lot of chocolate malt. I've only ever used about 2oz before. Curious to see how it turns out. Did you taste a sample when it went into the primary?
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I did taste it when it went into primary and it tasted pretty good. The specific gravity of it has stayed at 1012 for a few days so I figured it was ready to move on to secondary. While I was moving it to the secondary with my auto siphon I got to see the beer as it went through the clear hose and it had an incredible dark amber color like a burnt orange or copper color. It smelled fantastic too. Took a little taste and I'm pretty satisfied with it up to here.

For secondary flavoring I added 4 oz cocoa nibs and 1 lb of lactose as I had pre determined in my recipe. I also decided to add 2 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder. That should give it a good chocolate flavor and not be a super strong chocolate flavor. It looked and smelled great after the additions. I'm excited to see how it turns out.


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