Friday, October 21, 2011

Brew Day: American Stout

There are few beer styles that generate more excitement than Stout and India Pale Ale. Almost every craft brewery in America either has a big RIS or IPA as their flagship "big name" beer and these two styles seem to generate more exuberant tweets, facebook posts, and social network blabbering than all the other styles combined. When was the last time you heard some beer nerd slobbering about how his/her life was changed by a pint of bitter or pale ale? How about never. If there is anything I have learned from sharing my beer with other people (homebrewers included) it's that big - albeit flawed - monstrously flavorful beer will always get more "oohs" and "aahhhs" than something that might technically be perfect, but is not as flavorful. I'm looking at you, Bitter. With that in mind, here is one of the few beer's I regularly make that fits into the "more is better" category and usually brings home the bacon in competitions. I'll let you guess what commercial brewery this recipe comes from, (think Oregon) but I've tweaked and re-brewed this beer nearly a dozen times now and each one has turned out very good. I hope to have this on tap for Thanksgiving (I'm cutting it close) and I might just bottle a gallon or two to have around for Christmas.

Mmm...
the Bruce : American Stout

Recipe Specifics:

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Batch Size (Gal): 4.0
Total Grain (Lbs): 10.0
Anticipated OG: 1.065
Anticipated IBU: 55
Anticipated SRM: 45
Anticipated FG: 1.014                           
Efficiency: 75%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes   
     
Grain/Sugar:
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69.7% - 7.0 lbs. Pale Malt
10.0%  - 1.0 lbs. Chocolate Malt
10.0%  - 1.0 lbs. Flaked Oats
9.0%  - 0.90 lbs. Crystal 120L
1.5%  - 0.15 lbs. Roasted Barley
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1.0 oz. Chinook @ 60 min for 45 IBU
0.5 oz. Columbus @ 15 for 10 IBU    
1.5 oz. Ahtunam @ Flameout   
                                                                 
Yeast: Wyeast 1272 American Ale II
Mash 156F for 75 min
Brewed on 21 October

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