Brian's Bitchin' Brew
Source: Flyin' Brian
Recipe added: 06/29/97
It has a smooth, slightly sweet taste, with a pleasant, somewhat spicy hop finish as it goes down. If you want a sweet stout..and don't like the character that lactose adds, as I don't, this is the way to go! The caramel really makes it yummy! Have received rave reviews from all who've tried it..even those who "don't like" beer!
Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Starting Gravity: ?
Finishing Gravity: ?
Time in Boil: 45 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 5 days
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days
Additional Fermentation: until it carbonates!
- One 3.3 lb. can of John Bull dark syrup, unhopped
- 6 lbs. dark DME
- 1 lb. caramel malt
- 1/2 lb. chocolate malt
- 1/2 lb. patent malt
- 1 oz. Fuggles (boil)
- 1 oz. Cascade (finish)
- Whitbread Ale yeast packet
Steep grains for 20 minutes below 170 deg. F.
Add syrup and DME...boil for 45 minutes. Add Fuggles pellets. Yeah, it's a lot of malt poundage, but the end result is surprisingly mild in the "buzz department". You can alter the DME amount, I don't think it would make much difference in the overall taste, but maybe in the mouth-feel of the beer. Add the Cascade pellets in the last 5 minutes of the boil for finish...it's important..the beer is rather sweet..so the extra hoppiness is nice to have! Cool the wort to under 80 deg. F....and pitch yeast.
Ferment for 4-5 days, don't put it in a hot place....the ferment can be vigorous with all that malt! My last batch was done in only a couple of days..but give it time to avoid gushers after bottling. Rack to secondary for another week..some additional ferment activity was noted during this time. Prime with corn sugar or malt, whatever you like best and bottle it.
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