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Pot Licker Chocolate Stout Bottled

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

My second batch of beer, Pot Licker Chocolate Stout, was bottled today. After three weeks of fermenting (one in primary and then two in secondary/bright tank) I decided it was time to get it ready to drink in a few weeks. From start time to end time it took my almost four hours. Getting the dishwasher full of bottles, getting the priming agent ready, sanitizing all items, etc.

Final gravity of powerlins ii 1.018 and the taste/flavor was big on roasted and coffee like, not really what I was expecting as this is supposed to be a chocolate milk stout. I used Hershey’s powder cocoa, eight ounces, and it seemed to completely drop out of the beer in the two different carboys. Obviously being my second beer I have never worked with chocolate and I would believe this isn’t normal. But why did it all drop out? Would it be the same if I used bakers chocolate that comes in a bar instead of a powder which, in my mind, should allow it to more easily be absorbed into the wort!?!?

Also, the beer is supposed to be a milk stout. I added a half pound of lactose to the wort at the beginning of the boil and believed that this should give off the milky stout taste.

We shall see what the final beer tastes like in two to three weeks. Maybe more of the flavors I am expecting will come through. I know based on the taste today, if it doesn’t change, I will tinker with the recipe some for the next time I brew it. Enjoy!

Brewed Pot Licker Chocolate Stout

Monday, November 30th, 2009

brewing day - indegredients

Brew day number two is all over; nothing more than a memory and some notes on a piece of paper. I decided to go the route of making my own recipe for this one to feel that I was in a little more control.

I ended up with 2.5 pounds of grain that I steeped, adding 5.4 pounds of pale dried malt extract (DME) and a half pound of lactose. The lactose, half the DME, and 1 ounce of hops were added at boil. I added eight ounces of Hersheys cocoa with 10 minutes left in the boil.

By now you probably realize that Pot Licker is a milk chocolate stout. free run 3.0 v4 I hope there is some bitterness from the hops, malt, and chocolate while the sweetness from the malt and lactose balance out, hopefully even slight creaminess.

brewing day - wort of cocoa was added

I plan on racking the beer twice outside of the primary as there is a lot of cocoa in the beer. I don’t care if the beer is clear but floaties might freak some people out. The total amount in the carboys will be in the range of 4 – 5 weeks. At that point I will bottle and let it age for a good 4 weeks in the bottle. Six of the bottles I would like to add a few drops of coconut extract to make Pot Licker With Nut. If it is bad, then it will only be a few nasty beers to dispose of on friends. 😉

Unfortunately it will be February before the beer is ready. I hope it is as good as I imagine it to be. Enjoy!