When I home brewed Pot Licker Milk Stout this last time, I made several changes over previous batches. I have been excited to bottle this batch in order to experience how the beer would change.
Bottling day was four days after splitting up the 6.0 gallon batch into six, 1-gallon experiments (used loosely).
- 1.0 gallon on 1.20 ounces of cocoa nibs.
- 1.0 gallon on 1.20 ounces of cocoa nibs and 0.4 ounces of a ground coffee blend *.
- 1.0 gallon on 0.50 ounces of a ground coffee blend *.
- 1.0 gallon on 0.75 ounces of a ground coffee blend *.
- 1.0 gallon on 1.00 ounce of a ground coffee blend *.
- 0.5 gallons left over with nothing added: the control.
* Coffee had been ground, steeped in cold water for 12 hours. The water was added to the gallon jug by pouring through another coffee filter inside of a funnel, attempting to keep the grounds out of the gallon jug.
I tasted each blend as bottle size left me a good 8 ounces of each beer blend at the end. The straight beer seemed to have too much residual sweetness. Thinking it could be the new yeast and/or the higher mash temperature. Carbonation and time might change my perception. The cocoa infused versions definitely were lacking cocoa. Lastly, the more coffee the version had, the happier the senses.
Three weeks should be a good time to do a side-by-side. Looking forward to the tasting. Enjoy!