Bloodmoon stout

bloodmoon

A rather serious stout

27 September 2015 AD

I set out to make something a little more serious than my previous stouts. Something to warm the dark nights approaching. The occasion of the dark moon seemed the proper occasion to do it.

Grain Bill-

  • 10 pounds Marris Otter
  • 1 pound crystal 120L
  • 17 oz roasted barley
  • 8 oz chocolate malt

Hop Bill-

  • 1 oz Solis Thoor hedgerow hops (unknown variety, unknown alpha acids)

Yeast-

  • White labs Irish Ale cultured from last brew. A long time ago. Hoping there is still some viable yeast in there.

Starter made with 1/2 c light extract to 1 pint of water

Mash schedule- simple infusion

I mashed in with 3.5 gallons of water, enough to get the grains all wet.

  • Strike temp to 150F for a two hour sach rest. Checked the temp at 1 hr and it was still good, so it was never reheated.

Sparge-

  • 5 gallons of sparge water at 170F

Boil-

S.g. was 1.054 at start of boil. Added hops for about 1.5 hr. Total boil roughly 2.5 hr.

Starting Gravity= 1.085

The color and consistency of used motor oil. Hops is adequate. I considered adding more during the boil, but decided against it. I think I made the right choice. This is not going to be a session beer.

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