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Old 03-02-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
BrewmeisterSmith
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: WLP 001   
Yeast Starter: Yes   
Batch Size (Gallons): 11   
Original Gravity: 1.060   
Final Gravity: 1.018   
IBU: 37.4   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 35   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 15 at 68ish   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 1 week at 68- cold crash if possible   
Tasting Notes: Frigging awesome. You could seriously drink this out of the fermenter!   

Ingredients

Grain:
14 lbs Briess 2 row pale malt (maris otter is great too!)
3 lbs Briess white wheat malt
2 lbs Briess Caramel 60L
1.5 lbs Muntons Chocolate Malt (345L)
1 lb roasted barley (300L)

Mash grains at 152 for 60 minutes.

Hops:
1.5 oz US Magnum 14.7AA at 60 min

Other additives:
1 lb Lactose added at 10 minutes remaining in the boil
Irish moss- optional...its a dark beer.

20 oz toasted coconut in the secondary for 1 week. Buy 2 bags of coconut shavings in the baking section in your favorite supermarket. Toast in the oven at 350 degrees until golden and toasty. Weigh out 20 oz. Note- Toasted coconut is lighter than untoasted. Be careful not to burn it too or over toast it. It just needs be slightly golden or less. If splitting into two fermenters, 10 oz in each. UPDATE: I used 12 oz in each fermenter and it turned out even better.

Another note- racking this off the coconut is a messy task. I rubber-banded a piece of hop sock (nylon paint strainer bag) to the end of my siphon. Keep the siphon pumping vs flowing. Otherwise it will clog. I found recently that using a muslin bag works best to help contain it. I added marbles to weigh it down. Just remember you put marbles in it. I accidentally threw away my marbles. Dangit.

I brewed this for the 2012 Bells Homebrew competition. There were something like 125 entries and this came in 6th place. I modeled this after the Deception Cream Stout recipe in this form. So, props to NCBeernut for the inspiration. I bottled a 12 pack out of the keg to pass around. A buddy of mine shipped this to some beer geeks in NC and I'm still getting requests for more! The coconut does not overpower this beer. It's very well balanced.

I started drinking from the keg 1 week later. Although, a couple week in the keg really makes this clear, crisp, and smooth!

UPDATE: I shipped this beer out to the NHC in Philly this week. Charlie Papazian himself drank and "loved" this beer.


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Old 03-02-2013, 03:17 AM   #2
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This sounds great, I'm going to try this one in the next few weeks



 
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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This looks simply amazing.
I think I must brew this!

Question: Your grain bill + lactose (minus the coconut) is the all grain version of the deception stout?

 
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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can this be done extract?

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EndOfLine View Post
This looks simply amazing.
I think I must brew this!

Question: Your grain bill + lactose (minus the coconut) is the all grain version of the deception stout?
Pretty close. The base grains are slightly less. I also used a different yeast than the deception recipe. The hops were slightly higher in AA too. But other than that, it's pretty much the same. I didnt bother fermenting for 1 month either. The job was done at day 15. Since it was a little different and did well in a competition, I felt it needed it's own post.

For the extract version of this, just subtitue the 2 row with enough DME to get you to the gravity you want. Then, just steep the rest of the grains. Keep in mind that you may want to boost your OG with enough DME to account for the steeping grains. Steeping them vs mashing them will not get you the same amount of additional gravity. It will, however, lend to the color and flavor that you want.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by loudgonzo View Post
can this be done extract?
?? and if so, would someone be kind enough to post?

thanks,

 
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:47 PM   #7
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?? and if so, would someone be kind enough to post?

thanks,
See the post above for the extract version of this. It's pretty simple to convert. Use hopville or beersmith to figure out the exact gravity needed when substituting the extract for the 2 row.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #8
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And btw.... if you really want to impress your friends, throw a little bit of Malibu rum in their pint glass when filling it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:36 PM   #9
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I brewed this last week or so.

One question on the coconut addition-
Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?
I found both at my local grocery store, but the unsweetened was in 7 oz bags.

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #10
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Sweetened was my only option at Walmart. Either one would be fine. You're really just absorbing the coconut flavor and aroma. You could buy both, toast, taste, and go with whichever one smells and tastes the best. Post back with some feedback once you get to that point.


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