- 5.2 lb Marris Otter (Muntons)
- 1.2 lb Flaked Oats (Breiss)
- 0.67 lb Chocolate malt (Breiss)
- 0.5 lb Roasted barley (Breiss)
- 0.33 lb Caramunich I (Weyermann)
- 0.25 lb Crystal 90L (Breiss)
- 0.3 oz Galena hops (45 min)
- WY American Ale
// Mash-in 1.5 qt/lb to hit 152F for 50 min, 170F for 2 min. Sparge w/ about a gallon to extract a little more wort, probably around 2.5 gal or so. Boil 45 min. Add ice to get just under 3 gallons of 1062 wort, chill to 110F, transferred to plastic carboy and put in the fridge for 3 hours to get down to around 84F. Oxygenate for 60s w/ pure O2, pitch yeast straight from pack. Brewed 5/26/15 //
5/31/15 Fermented at around 65F, gravity at 1022, no airlock activity. Big chocolatey roast aroma. Lots of flavor, but with a little harsh finish that is contains a lot of coffee flavor already, but it may be from the hops . Moved it upstairs to 75F and gave the carboy a good shake.
6/2/15 Moved to the fridge at 32F. Gravity still at 1022/1021.
6/3/15 Added 1.6 oz French Roast coffee grounds (organic, Giant brand) in a mesh bag to the primary while in the fridge. Sloshed it around a bit to get the bag mixed in.
6/5/15 Removed the coffee and transferred to a keg. The coffee flavor and aroma is incredible. Can’t wait for this to be ready on tap.
I loved having this beer on tap. The amount of coffee flavor was, in my opinion, just the right amount; prominent but not overboard. If you like black coffee, you would like this. French Roast is definitely a bold coffee to begin with, so it put itself out in front easily. Even some smoky notes, too. I can imagine going with a lighter roast would work well too, but not sure what type. This beer felt like a treat when most of my taps were occupied with light and crisp summer beers. It even tastes nice splashed in with the lighter beers to give them a little toasted note and add complexity. Goes great with dessert, too!
UPDATE (9/25/15): This beer took 1st prize in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Homebrew Contest in the Spice, Herb, and Vegetable beer category! The comments from the judges were positive (it scored a 36 average), but overall stated that the coffee flavor was a little too intense and covered up the base beer a bit. I can agree with that assessment, but the goal was the make a coffee-forward beer anyway.