Friday, October 10, 2014

Dwarven Mushroom Stout

I got the idea a while back--while reading Eragon, I think--to make a proper Dwarven brew.  After pondering for a while, I decided on a strong stout...with mushrooms. 
The point of the mushrooms (other than thematic) was to add earthiness and maybe umami--lip smacking goodness.

Even though I made some errors, I consider the recipe a fair success--I would make it again. 

Below is a one gallon batch.  There are some important differences if you make this--my efficiency, in a word, I would suggest reducing the pale by 0.5 lb, and the Crystal/Special B by 0.25 lb each.  It will be higher ABV, but that works with this theme.

Dwarven Mushroom Stout - Foreign Extra Stout
Batch Size: 1 gallon
Boil Size: 3.364 qt
Boil Time: 60.000 min
Efficiency: 45%
OG: 1.078
FG: 1.019
ABV: 7.6%
Bitterness: 20.2 IBUs (Tinseth)
Color: 90 SRM (Daniels)

                       Name  Type   Amount Mashed Late Yield Color
       Pale Malt (2 Row) UK Grain 2.000 lb    Yes   No   78%   3 L
             Special B Malt Grain 1.000 lb    Yes   No   65% 160 L
 Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L Grain 1.000 lb    Yes   No   74%  80 L
        Chocolate Malt (US) Grain 4.000 oz    Yes   No   60% 350 L
        Black (Patent) Malt Grain 2.000 oz    Yes   No   55% 500 L
          Brown Sugar, Dark Sugar 4.173 oz     No   No  100%  50 L
Total grain: 4.636 lb
    Name Alpha   Amount  Use       Time   Form  IBU
 Fuggles  4.5% 0.250 oz Boil  5.000 min Pellet  3.4
 Fuggles  4.5% 0.250 oz Boil 60.000 min Pellet 16.9

                  Name   Type  Use   Amount       Time
 Mushrooms, Portobello Flavor Boil 8.000 oz 60.000 min

        Name Type Form   Amount   Stage
 Coopers Ale  Ale  Dry 0.247 oz Primary

 I am learning here, so will not give the way I did it.  Especially since I was seeing if an electric turkey roaster could be used to control the temperature (it can't)...moving on.

You want a high temperature mash, starting at 155, and I would say to move it up into the low 160s for a while to produce even more dextrins. 


Follow your usual brewing/mashing procedure--if you are considering making the recipe, I'm assuming you already have your own preferences on how to do things.

Pitch English ale yeast (I used Coopers), and ferment out.  My finished gravity was 1.040--sweet (or extremely high in dextrins, I was told).  I fermented for about two weeks, then left it in secondary for another two weeks.
Bottle condition for 2.5 units of carbonation.

Thick, almost chewy in body.  The flavours are earthy, bitter, chocolate and coffee, and malty sweetness (not necessarily in that order).  I enjoyed making it and drinking it, although it's something I could only have one bottle at a time.

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