Monday, November 24, 2014

Bottling and Kegging Coffee Stout

When I brewed Gnaughty Gnome English Coffee Stout a couple weeks ago, I had wort left over after I filled my big fermenter. It was pretty trub-filled, but I put about a gallon and a half in one of my Mr. Beer fermenters.

Yesterday, I bottled up that "extra" beer before I kegged the "main" batch. I've mentioned before that I dislike bottling (actually I probably used the word "hate"). I never really minded bottling back when I was doing Mr. Beer sized batches. During each bottling session, by the time I was getting sick of the process, the small batch was done.

And this bottling session was even better. I only got a couple of liter bottles, 4 bombers, and 5 12oz bottles. Filling 11 vessels is not bad at all.

The FG was 1.015 on the bottled beers. The sample tasted nice. It was not particularly "coffee-like", but that is OK. I will enjoy drinking these when they are carbonated.

I also kegged up the "main" fermentation. This beer was even better. It finished a bit lower at 1.012. It had much better clarity as well. I thought it was a cleaner fermentation. Perhaps a bit more coffee, although, still not really enough to call it a real coffee stout. Again, I am OK with that.

It will be awhile before I drunk either of these beers. I think around Christmas will be a good time to try them. I'll be sure to let you know how they turn out.

Go Blackhawks!

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