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AG#30 – The Ringmaster American Stout


American Stout – another style of beer that has been on my “to-do” list for a long time. When I first started getting into craft beer I was extremely taken with Sierra Nevada’s Stout. It’s rich and roasty, but with a background citrussy hop flavour from the use of American hops. It’s not a combination that sounds great, but it’s one of my favourite styles of beer. Sadly, the Sierra Nevada Stout is no longer available in Ireland, which seems very odd. All of the Sierra Nevada beers are available here at various times during the year – Hoptimum, Flipside, even the Beer Camp releases. It’s also strange that the Porter is freely available here, but not the Stout.

So for this beer, I’m essentially trying to clone the Sierra Nevada stout. I’m using the recipe from BYO magazine, even though that’s probably a little out of date. There’s a massive percentage of Munich malt in the recipe and a lot of black malt. Hopping is Cascade and Willamette, two classic American varieties. I’ll be re-using the US-05 yeast slurry from my Cammock Stout.

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 25.40 l
Post Boil Volume: 23.40 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.068 SG
Estimated Color: 74.4 EBC
Estimated IBU: 61.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 71.1 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


4.200 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC), 60.0 %
1.500 kg Munich Malt (17.7 EBC), 21.4 %
0.500 kg Black (Patent) Malt (985.0 EBC), 7.1 %
0.500 kg Wheat Malt, Ger (3.9 EBC), 7.1 %
0.300 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 75L (147.8 EBC), 4.3 %
26 g Magnum [14.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min, 50.7 IBUs
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins)
40 g Centennial [10.00 %] – Boil 10.0 min, 11.1 IBUs
25 g Willamette [5.50 %] – Boil 0.0 min, 0.0 IBUs

25 g Centennial [10.00 %] – Boil 0.0 min, 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) (400ml slurry from Cammock Stout)

Mash Schedule: Bubbles’ Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 7.000 kg
Mash In           Add 19.60 l of water at 74.6 C          68.0 C        60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 13.31l) of 77.0 C water

Mash Day 14/03/2015 – Fantastic smell from mash, really roasty.

Brew Day 15/03/2015 – Smelt amazing while the boil was in progress. It reminded me of the amazing grainy flavour from the Guinness factory. Good run-off from boiler.

04/04/2015 – Bottled with 118g corn sugar (18 litres at 2.5 vol). Got 6 x 750ml bottles and 27 x 500ml bottles from the batch.

29/05/2015 – Pretty happy with how this has turned out. I’d definitely do the recipe again, but not without a few small tweaks. There’s a bit of an acidic bite, but I don’t know whether that’s from the roasted malts, or the fact that it’s slightly over-carbonated. Lovely roasty flavour and caramel sweetness. The American hops are there but only in a supporting role. Might sub a small percentage of the black malt for Carafa Special next time. Might also use more Cascade to make it scream “American hops”.

18/06/2015 – The acidic bite is still there, defintely down to excessive carbonation and use of highly roasted malts. Just looking at the BYO recipe, the black malt is specified as 500L, whereas the black malt I use (preumably from either Muntoms or Fawcetts) is 1300 EBC, or 650L. So quite a bit more roasty. I think cutting the black malt with some dehusked Carafa Special would give great results. The best thing about this beer is the hop flavours, absolutely fantastic, I wouldn’t change a thing.

25/07/2015 – This is a very nice beer. I think that the acidity mentioned above is simply caused by it being overcarbonated. The black malt balance is pretty good, it might just need a couple of months to age out. Lovely mouthfeel, probably from the wheat. Fantastic hop flavours too. I don’t think the recipe is quite there, but needs little adjustment. Would also consider reducing the bitterness slightly also.

17/01/2016 – Second last bottle and still tasting great. Fantastic blend of chocolate, coffee and resiny American hops. Would brew this again.

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