Monday, June 1, 2009

Freaked Out Stout (E.F.S. Quatro)

Two weeks ago we made another Oatmeal Stout. (E's 4th Fucking Stout. AKA E.F.S. Quatro) In the past we have come close to winning with this beer but it has always come up a bit short. So, it's time to freakin' tweak this thing and get it just right. This is the fourth stout that we have made in the last year or so. We have done pretty freakin' well with our stouts lately so, it only makes sense to get one ready for the Iowa State Fair and, work out the Freakin' bugs. Don't get me wrong. This is a great beer. It just needs that little bit of magic to put it over the Freakin' top. We got 3rd in stout, last year at the fair (white ribbon on the left), and we got 2nd at the IBU Open (silver medal in front) in March. With a little Freakin' work we may just pull off a 1st at the fair this year. Stout is one of the categories that everyone enters. That is why it is so hard to win and, that is why we want to win it. Look out boys! We are comin' atcha! At both competitions last year they wanted more malt character so, we raised our mash temps to 150+ and jacked up the grain bill a bit. Hopefully this will be what it takes to get us in the money (or gold that is). Here is the recipe! Don't tell anyone or I will have to kick some Freakin' ass!!!! He He!!! Nahhh! Brew it up! Have fun! And Freak out!

17 Gallons All Grain

30 lbs. Marris Otter Crisp
3 lbs. Flaked Oats
2.25 lbs. Chocolate Malt
2.25 lbs. Victory Malt
1.5 lbs. Roasted Barley
1.5 lbs. Crystal 60L

4 oz Hallertau No. Brewer 8.5% 60 mins.

WYeast 1968 London Extra Special Bitter repitched from a 5 gal. batch of Mild that E made.

E's Bitter was kick butt! So was the yeast. It just about pushed the lid off the fermentor.

OG - 1.070 FG - 1.020

I just tapped the first pint a while ago and it is tasting freaky good!

UPDATE: This Stout is excellent! So were the rest of them but, I think we hit our Freakin' mark this time. Much better malt character. We'll see how it does in August!

Freak Out and Brew On!!!!