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.
- 10 pounds Marris Otter
- 1 pound crystal 120L
- 17 oz roasted barley
- 8 oz chocolate malt
- 1 oz Solis Thoor hedgerow hops (unknown variety, unknown alpha acids)
- 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.
- 5 gallons of sparge water at 170F
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.