Stout Feedback

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by butterblum, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. butterblum

    butterblum Initiate (31) Jan 29, 2015 Ohio

    I am about to take my new eBIAB setup for a spin this weekend. I am planning on a stout that will serve as a starter for an RIS. I love really chewy stouts, not thin and highly carbonated stouts. Although I'm not shooting for some super high ABV beer, I want a similar appearance and mouthfeel of motor oil.
    Here's a rough idea:

    Batch Size: 5.5gal
    Yeast: WLP002 English Ale
    Mash: 152deg for 60 min, add dark grains at 60min and recirculate for an additional 15-30min

    5.5lbs 2 Row (37.9%)
    4lbs Maris Otter (27.6%)
    1lb Flaked Barley (6.9%)
    1lb Flaked Rye (6.9%)
    1lb Crystal 80L (6.9%)
    0.5lb Victory Malt (3.4%)
    0.75lb Chocolate Malt (5.2%)
    0.5lb Roasted Barley (3.4%)
    0.25lb Black Patent (1.7%)
    2oz Willamette (60min)
    1oz Cascade (10min)

    Estimated OG: 1.061
    Estimated FG: 1.019
    Estimated IBUs: 38.6
    Estimated Color: 39.2L

    Any thoughts?
  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,443) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    152F for thick mouthfeel? Try 158F.
    1.061 for thick mouthfeel? Try 1.100
  3. MrOH

    MrOH Champion (864) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

    If you're going for chewy, I'd up the mash temp quite a bit, as @NeroFiddled said. I'd also do an iodine test at 30 minutes, and from then on every 5-10 minutes, and once it shows negative for starch, mash out and add your dark grains.
  4. Yalc

    Yalc Initiate (114) Nov 5, 2011 Florida

    I was gonna say the same. It's gonna be hard to get a lot of chewy mouthfeel at 5.5% ABV.
    You need to take it at least to 1.080 and higher would be better.
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  5. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    If you want a dark beer with some decent viscosity, you're going to have to change a couple things.

    I'd used a less attenuative yeast strain like Irish or Scottish Ale.

    As people have said, mash higher. It doesn't matter when you add you highly kilned grains.

    Your grainbill is schizophrenic, man. Use one base malt and one type of flaked grain. Half a pound of Victory isn't even going to show up in a beer like this and you're going to need more dark grains to get this black as night. I would suggest dropping the BP (because it's garbage) and adding at least a lb. of Carafa. I'd also think about adding more crystal type malt, whether it's something like carapils/dextrin or some darker crystal. Personally, I'd go with some 120L or darker.

    Save the Cascade for an IPA or pale ale. You don't need it here.
  6. riptorn

    riptorn Initiate (109) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina

    New motor oil is light and thick, spent oil is very dark and not as thick.....can’t speak to the mouthfeel of either.
    What is it about Black Patent that causes you to dismiss it?
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  7. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    It's obviously personal preference, but I greatly dislike the character that it imparts. GREATLY.
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  8. Granitebeard

    Granitebeard Initiate (97) Aug 24, 2016 Maine

    Was going to say where is the C120 or Special B? That is a personal thing for me and understand that a lot of people do a C60/C80 mix.

    But yeah, mash higher and different yeast in my experience would be needed.
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  9. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Disciple (398) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Jesus don't like charcoal taste/ ash that black patent imparts to him.
    For me, can't do without it, no Carraffa for me. Whatever one likes.
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  10. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,443) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    100% agreed on this.

    If you need something, if you absolutely need to have more color, at least go with a de-husked version like Briess' Black Prinz.

    Chocolate malts vary greatly in color and I'm sure you can find one that works for you. Of course there's flavor too, so you've got to try them all, but hey," it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll"!
  11. minderbender

    minderbender Initiate (196) Jan 18, 2009 New York

    I've found the Fuller's strain (WLP002, Wyeast 1968) not to be very attenuative at all. I've really enjoyed it in porters and stouts, albeit nothing this big.
  12. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    You know, I looked at the White Labs website when I posted this, just to make sure I was thinking correctly and both Irish Ale and Scottish Ale are supposed to be more attenuative than WLP002. That's not my experience, but that's what the websites says.

    Chances are it depends highly on wort composition, but that's the case with all fermentations.
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  13. minderbender

    minderbender Initiate (196) Jan 18, 2009 New York

    Yeah, I've never brewed with Scottish yeast and I've only used Irish yeast once or twice, and I never liked those beers very much. So I can't really say as a relative matter, but certainly Wyeast 1968 was not a big attenuator for me. What it is is a great flocculator, which I like because I bottle and it makes it easy to pour without getting a bunch of yeast in the glass.