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Stout inspiration required!

Postby LukeMatthews123 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 09:26

Hello, this is my first post to the forum and it certainly won't be my last. Plenty of interesting discussions on here.

I am looking to brew a stout in time for christmas, but I am lacking inspiration for what style or flavours to go for.

For the style I am thinking possibly an Oatmeal or Milk stout. The possible flavours I have in mind are: Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel, Pecan, Vanilla, Hazelnut.

Does anybody have any alternative flavour ideas that would go well in an Oatmeal or Milk stout?

I appreciate any of your advice and help!
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby HTH1975 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:00

You get good chocolate and coffee notes from a normal oatmeal stout brew imo. If you wanted more obvious flavours, you could add Cacau nibs and coffee beans in the secondary.

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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby Lanky94 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 16:43

I made this a few months back. It's at its best now and smooth and amazingly tasty. You won't need to add anything else:

For 10 Gallons (37.85 L)

17.375 lb (7.88 kg) pale malt
2.0 lb (0.9 kg) flaked oats
1.5 lb (0.68 kg) Victory malt
1.0 lb (0.45 kg) 80° L caramel malt
1.0 lb (0.45 kg) black malt
0.75 lb (340 g) chocolate malt
0.75 lb (340 g) pale chocolate malt
4.0 oz Golding pellet hops, 18.5% a.a. (60 min)
WLP002 English ale yeast (2 vials)

Specifications
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: 1.016
ABV: 6.04%
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby wezzel » Thu Nov 03, 2016 19:56

Looks good. Do you know how many IBU's that works out at?


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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby Rolfster » Thu Nov 03, 2016 20:02

Chipotle chill stout?
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby robwalker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 20:08

Oatmeal with the dark malts cold steeped overnight is my ideal beer. I'm a big fan of adding oak chips soaked in whisky too. Around 2g/L :)
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby HTH1975 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 23:10

robwalker wrote:Oatmeal with the dark malts cold steeped overnight is my ideal beer. I'm a big fan of adding oak chips soaked in whisky too. Around 2g/L :)


Never thought I'd like the whiskey addition, but it really works.

+1 for the whiskey-soaked oak chips.

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2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby Lanky94 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 17:11

wezzel wrote:Looks good. Do you know how many IBU's that works out at?


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IBUs come in at 34 on this one
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby Diggerg » Fri Nov 04, 2016 23:44

I've just done a coffee milk stout. Made a reliable milk stout then added cold steeped coffee after 5 days.

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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby secla » Sat Nov 05, 2016 01:15

stouts take quite a while to become good i think, id have been planning to do one a fair few months ago for christmas
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby robwalker » Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:56

On the contrary it can be a good style to drink young Imo depending on whether you want it to mellow or if you'd rather drink fresh with more esters, hop aroma and rawer malt flavours. Both are good, just put those strong ones away!
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Re: Stout inspiration required!

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 14:27

I made a 5.5% oatmeal stout recently and it was great to drink young. In fact, I've only got about ten bottles left.

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2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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