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whats the best dark brew you've made


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#1 GOBLIN

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:17 PM

im a new brewer (up to my 3rd brew) and i love dark tasty beer! Whats the best dark brew you have made?

 

 



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:21 PM

Milk stout
Lucas choc smoked porter (in the recipe db)
Black IPA
Mongoose brown ale (also in db)
To name a few. I love my dark beers too and the missus will only drink dark beers so I try to do one every second brew.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:11 PM

The Coopers dark ale kit is pretty decent. Inspired by White Rabbit dark ale I brewed this and it was pretty good.

 

1.7kg dark ale kit

1kg dry malt extract

400g dextrose

 

3L boil (30 min) with 300g of dme and added

10g Amarillo @ 30 min

10g Cascade @ 20 min

10g Simcoe @ 20 m

5g of each @ flame out

 

US05 yeast

 

Would be fine without the US hops if you dont like that sort of thing.

Super easy for a decent beer !



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:18 PM

There's a good toucan recipe on here somewhere. Cant remember where I found it but drinking it now and love it.

 

From memory it's:

 

2 x Coopers stout cans

1kg LDME

1kg Dex

30g of aroma hops on day 4. ( I used Goldings)

23 Litre brew.

 

Pretty easy and turns out around 8.5%. Perfect for these cold wet winter days.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:21 PM

A little off topic i suppose. But a couple of weekends ago i opened a 1.5lt bottle of a kit irish red that id made 2 years ago. when i brewed it i gave it a month or two to age and i recall that it was ok. nothing special. the two year old bottle i opened was amazing. if someone had have poored me a glass of it and told me it was a commercial microbrew from some boutique i would have believed them. it realy makes me wonder what i am missing by drinking my brews so young. So the message i am sending as one new brewer to amother is regardless of the recipe make sure you give the darker beer time to develop! im seriously re considering the way i brew now.



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:53 PM

The best one I've done is on tap at present.

1 tin Cascade Chocolate Mahogany Porter
1kg Amber DME
200g Choc malt
10g Northern Brewer @ 10 min
White Labs WLP005 British Ale yeast

I was going to age in bottles but tasted so nice out of the fermenter I kegged and tapped straight away. It has a lovely smooth caramel flavour coming through.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:55 PM

Another vote for Lucas' smoked choc porter (upped the smoked a little though, also awesome as per recipe).



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:19 PM

Can't go past a Thomas Coopers Irish Stout 2 can. Simple and really nice.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:21 PM

Milk stout
Lucas choc smoked porter (in the recipe db)
Black IPA
Mongoose brown ale (also in db)
To name a few. I love my dark beers too and the missus will only drink dark beers so I try to do one every second brew.


Is that the missus or the beer Truman?

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:28 AM

Is that the missus or the beer Truman?

Both.. :P



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

Given that this is on the kits section: Headbanger stout.

2 tins of coopers stout
1kg of dex
1kg of ldme
25g of fuggles boiled @ 20 min
Nottingham yeast

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:09 AM

Given that this is on the kits section: Headbanger stout.

 

Sorry, GOBLIN. I missed that.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:49 AM

I have this on tap at the moment. Had a few people over Wednesday night for S.O.O. and they reckon it's my best brew yet.

 

FA Black Mamba (Dark Ale)

Original Gravity (OG): 1.056 
Final Gravity (FG):    1.009 
Alcohol (ABV):         6.13 %
Colour (SRM):          19.9   (EBC): 39.1
Bitterness (IBU):      63.3  

35.29% Coopers Dark Liquid Malt Extract
35.29% Coopers Wheat Liquid Malt Extract
23.53% Dextrose
5.88% Cane Sugar

0.4 g/L Chinook (11.4% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil)
0.5 g/L Galaxy (13.4% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil)
0.8 g/L Citra (11.1% Alpha) @ 20 Minutes (Boil)
0.8 g/L Falconers Flight (10.8% Alpha) @ 20 Minutes (Boil)
0.4 g/L Centennial (9.7% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)
0.8 g/L Citra (11.1% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)
0.8 g/L Falconers Flight (10.8% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)
0.8 g/L Citra (11.1% Alpha) @ 4 Days (Dry Hop)
0.8 g/L Falconers Flight (10.8% Alpha) @ 4 Days (Dry Hop)

Boil for 60 Minutes

Fermented at 19°C with Safale US-05



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 10:25 AM

Some good recipes there. Another good simple toucan recipe i enjoyed is

Coopers stout
Coopers dark ale
Nottingham (or both the coopers packet yeast)
Aerate and keep temps 18-20 C
23L

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 02:52 PM

              thinking about trying this one                                              

 

                                                              Coopers Dark ale

                                                                                 Coopers dark Malt Extract

                                                                                  1 kg Dark Brown sugar

                                                                                300g Roasted Barley

                                                                                2 x w34/70 Lager yeast

how do you think it looks?