Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cold Weather Time - Oatmeal Stout

With fall and winter approaching I needed to make some beer that is good cold weather beer.  Stout definitely is a beer that I drink a lot more of in the cold weather months than I do during spring and summer.  The brew day was pretty uneventful and everything went off without a hitch.  I have made this recipe before using the seasonal Yorkshire squares yeast and it tastes a lot like Samuel Smith’s.  I also decided to not toast the oatmeal.  Partially this was laziness and partially because I wanted to see how much difference there was to the beer from previous batches.

One change I have made to my brew recipes is to shoot for 7 gallon batches.  This way it gives me a good size starter and a full keg of no chill beer.  It may sound like to much but you don’t get the shrink loss from pre-chilling the beer.  If I fill my keg up to the very top so I get some spill over when I put the lid on I usually have an inch of headspace when I crack open the keg to ferment later.

Malt Bill / Ingredients
Pounds Type
10 lb 3 oz Maris Otter
1 lb 4 oz Instant Oatmeal
10 oz Chocolate Malt - 450
10 oz Dark Crystal
3 oz English Roasted Barley
IBU Type Time
28 East Kent Golding 60
Mash Schedule
Temp Time
152F 60 minutes
Yeast White Labs WLP 004 -  Irish Ale
7 gal 80% efficiency IBU: 28