Hey folks. I'm Mike. I've been lurking around for a while and I decided to finally make an account.
It seems my problem is a common one around here. Yesterday my brother and I brewed our third batch of homebrew. This time we decided to go a little crazy (for us) so we made an Imperial Stout with a couple additions. We added an ounce of coffee to the steeping grains, and an ounce of unsweetened baking chocolate to the boil. We have no idea if that was too much or too little for 5 gallons of beer but I guess experimentation is what homebrewing is all about.
Anyway our original gravity came out to be 1.101. I know that imperial stouts can have high readings but I thought that seemed a little high.
I've seen people on this forum figure out what the OG should be based on the recipe and I was wondering if someone could do it for me or give me a link where I could figure it out myself.
Here's the recipe we used...
11# coopers light malt extract
1/2# 60L crystal malt
1/2# roasted barley
1/2# chocolate malt
1/2# 20L crystal malt
1/4# black malt
2 oz galena (11.6%) 60 min.
2 oz fuggles 2 min
1 oz Sumatra blend coffee
1 oz unweetened baking chocolate
The instructions called for the grains to be steeped as 1.5 gallons of water was heated from room tempurature to 170. After we did that was when we had our inspiration so we changed out the grains for an ounce of coffee and steeped that for about 10 minutes at 170.
The chocolate went in with the malt extract.
If our OG is not accurate I think our mistake may have been to check it at a slightly higher tempurature than normal. We forgot to take the tempurature before measuring
Anyway, Thanks. I look forward to absorbing all of your helpful knowledge on this forum in the future