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Old 02-02-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default First Stout- any thoughts?

Marris Otter-9lbs
Roasted Barley-0.5lbs
Chocolate Malt-10oz
Crystal Malt 40L-8oz
Amber Malt(in place of Biscuit Malt)-2lb

HOPS

0.5 oz Cluster(60 min)
0.25oz Northern Brewer(50 min)
1oz Fuggle(10 min)
0.25oz Fuggle or Sterling (2 min or flameout)

Is this a decent build for a stout?
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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that looks good what style of stout are you making?I would personally sub out amber malt for flaked barley.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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Double Chocolate Peppermint. Gonna begin no later than may so that it will be well suited for Christmas. I already have the roasted barley though. What does flaked barley bring to the table that would replace the amber? originally it was supposed to be biscuit malt but the supplier i bought from did not have any though th eother place did. However, the first place offered crushed grains at no extra cost and seeing how I am without a grain mill at the moment, it seemed the more logical thing to do.
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Flaked barley gives that smooth barley/grainy flavor.It's one of the key ingredients of Guinness pub draught.
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Hmm.. maybe I could reduce amber to 1lb and add 1lb of flaked barley?
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yeah that would be fine, in a bigger stout like yours flaked barley becomes less important because flaked barley also gives the impression of full body thats why guinness at 4.0% alcohol tastes like a big beer.
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i see. Well I suppose that if i were to use something like malodextrin to help with mouth feel that the flaked barley maybe too much or vice versa. Thanks for the info, i begin brewing at the end of the month. if all goes well I'll post it in the recipe section.Thanks.
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Why the 50 min addition? Just bump up the 60 min and drop it.
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Figured the 50 minute addition would add to the subtle bitterness but not overwhelmingly so
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You'll get more bitterness from adding at 60, so you can use less hops. You'll not get any noticeable flavor from a 50 minute addition.
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