What in the world am I doing now??
I am so excited about this! I am a big fan of brewing my own beer and I decided a number of months ago to do a stout experiment.
I use extract brews because they are very easy and I think I can get more people to try home brewing by creating custom recipes that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. I wanted to take a five gallon recipe and break it into 5-1gallon batches then flavor each batch differently.
I am finally ready to do it! I decided on Austin Homebrew Supply’s Oatmeal Stout as a base. I will add chocolate powder right after I finish boiling the recipe while it’s still hot. (This is called Flameout) I will then ferment the five gallon batch.
When the batch is done fermenting I will separate the five gallon batch into five growlers, one gallon each. Then I will add 2oz of roasted cocoa nibs to each growler.
Then in growler:
I will add 8oz of dry mint leaves harvested from my garden and vacuum packed
I will add 8oz of unsweetened coconut
I will add 8oz of coffee beans
I will add 8oz peanut butter powder
The last growler will just be chocolate oatmeal stout.
I will let the beer sit in these secondary growlers for 14 days. Then I will taste them.
By making each addition the same amount, I will know what to add or subtract the next time I try to make this recipe. By making one growler a plain chocolate oatmeal stout, I will have a basis for comparison for the strength of all the other tastes.
I have done one gallon experimental batches, but this is the first time I will be doing a five gallon batch. I suspect stout will be my best bet for fine tuning my understanding of how chocolate works in extract brewing.
A writer is not just the sum of their words, but their experiences. Homebrewing is a way for me to indulge my scientific nature and my need to tinker with things.