Brewing with Chocolate, Methods and Process

Chocolate and beer are two of the best substances in the world, so they can only be better together, right? There are a number of ways to infuse the goodness of cacao, along with all the antioxidant power packed into those little beans, into your homebrew. Armed with sharp taste buds and a hint of …

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17 Chocolate Beers for National Chocolate Day

Brewers often tell me that chocolate as a brewing ingredient adds complexity, well-roundedness, and smoothness to a beer’s flavor. It’s not easy to brew with chocolate—its oils can cause head retention issues, and it often require long and labor-intensive boils—but these beers make it all worth it. Here are seventeen beers compiled in honor of …

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Stowaway Oatmeal Stout Recipe

Stowaway is a special beer, brewed with melanoidin-rich German malts and with a good quantity of bitterness. It’s darker and extra bitter than type tips, however it’s clean and scrumptious, properly roasty with good malt sweetness and a little bit of nutty goodness from all of the Munich and Vienna. ALL-GRAIN OG: 1.070 FG: 1.015 …

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Make Your Best Robust Porter

You grow as a brewer, and as you do, you sometimes end up pushing yourself into more complex, technically challenging, obscure beer styles. It’s natural. It’s also a great idea, though, to occasionally double back to what can be described as more “beginner” styles, and when you do, you might be shocked at how much …

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Make Your Best Dry (Irish) Stout

I’ve never understood the people who maintain that stouts are cold-weather beers. For me, “summer” beers only need to be light in body, low in alcohol, and have some flavor element that refreshes the palate. There’s no reason on earth that dry stout can’t fit that bill. Popular misconceptions of nitrogenated classic examples are abundant, …

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