Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blueberry Muffin Stout

This stout came out really good. pours out really nice from the bottle with a nice frothy brown head on top. I get instant blueberry aroma from this beer but in no way is it overpowering. I did add lactose to this beer but I do not get any sweetness on the tongue. Maybe next time I will up the amount to get a more residual sweetness going on. I used 1/2 a pound for a 2.5 gallon batch of beer. That way the next blueberry muffin stout will be more like a sweet stout. I apologize for the picture quality it is definitely not one of the best. No picture will do this beer justice but I wanted to share the end product. Its just enlightening to see beer go from grains to glass.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A tale of two Stouts

Over the course of a few weeks I had a batch of Stout fermenting up until the point of where I split it into two. The first one I left untouched as the "Oatmeal Stout" the second I fermented it on some fresh Blueberries to create "Blueberry Muffin Stout." Sounds good doesn't? Just from my test samples they both tasted great. Finishing in at an ABV of 5.25%.

Now a long time ago when I started venturing off from drinking tasteless beers like Bud Light and Budweiser I still did not ever try any dark beers like this. Stouts were considered a strong beer in my mind just because of the color. The same with Porters.  Eventually I found the courage and tried some and man I had no idea that some could taste so creamy. Guinness is great! Especially when its on tap. I mean if you have never tried some you most definitely should! Its actually mixed with Nitro and Co2 which helps with that great creamy mouth feel.  Then I really moved into the whole craft beer movement and became quite a beer connoisseur by trying small time breweries stouts. One of my favorite stouts locally in the Granite state so far has got to be Millys Tavern's (http://www.millystavern.com/) Oatmeal Stout. Even so I helped them out for a couple days brewing some of their own beer. They even use this stout in their own chilli.

Fermenting Oatmeal Stout
Fermenting on Blueberries

Well this tale of two stouts has just begun. since they both just made their ways into bottles today. I love everything with blueberries and cannot wait to try both of these stouts!