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Offline SpencerJanney

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First Stout Recipe
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:36:50 AM »
Hi all, I am excited to brew my first original stout recipe and would love to get some feedback. I like a robust stout with bitter, dark-chocolate and acrid coffee notes which work well with english hops. I am hoping that the crystal/chocolate malt and molasses will do enough to balance these characteristics with smooth sweetness married to the nuttiness of the maris otter.

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Re: First Stout Recipe
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 10:59:28 AM »
I'm sure it'll turn out just fine. Wondering why you went with oats instead of flaked barley and why no roasted barley. both being traditional ingredients for stouts. Also, I would have definitely gone with an English or Irish ale yeast, also traditional.
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Re: First Stout Recipe
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 11:14:09 AM »
I agree with Bob357.  To me the recipe looks more like a hopped up imperial porter than a stout.  In the end no matter what you call it, it should be fine.  Given the starting gravity, I think the California Ale yeast will chew through the wort a bit more than the English or Irish yeasts will and leave a cleaner finish.  Since you are already kind of a 'tweener' recipe, which is not a bad thing at all, I'd kind of rock it and see how it goes. 
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Re: First Stout Recipe
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 11:35:57 AM »
Thanks so much for your replies!

I only threw in oats because I have had such good results in the past with increased head retention and mouthfeel but I would be very curious to try some flaked barley instead in this beer. I was curious to try brown malt as a breadier, slightly lighter alternative to traditional roasted barley purely out of curiosity (and because of my propensity for ESB and english ales)

Oginme you're exactly right that I went with CA Ale just to dry out the sweeter parts of the malty bill a little more but I may see if I can find a super high attenuating English Ale Yeast instead. Haven't been able to get WLP007 at my local shop recently but always down to experiment!

Thank you both for your input!

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Re: First Stout Recipe
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 02:28:39 PM »
If you can find it, Mangrove Jack's Liberty Bell is a great choice .
Bob