- Sep 4, 2018
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Grain bill looks a little muddled, lots of stuff going on. Might tend to be a bit "brown."
Want three opinions, ask two brewers. I'm questioning, not telling. I see a place for four grains in an oatmeal stout, base malt, oatmeal, crystal and black. That doesn't mean there's not room for more.I love this forum. Two responses, one telling me simplify my grain bill, another one telling me to add to it!
Good inspiration though. I think I'm going to keep it as it is for the sake of averaging out the two responses
so true I like simple myself, but that's a long topic to cover for me tonight lol, one thing that got me at a couple of parties where you hear people talking when they don't know you're listening and those are the best reviews not the wow this is fantastic ones, I like to hear the back room gossip and the thing that stumped me about one beer was a complex flavor and it was not a simple beer and they sipped and sipped trying to guess the flavor, so there is a time for a lot of ingredients and sometimes you just get lucky as a matter of fact I say that a lot and they shake their heads lolWant three opinions, ask two brewers. I'm questioning, not telling. I see a place for four grains in an oatmeal stout, base malt, oatmeal, crystal and black. That doesn't mean there's not room for more.
I see my first batch of a dark beer as putting a stick in the sand. I'll then work on the non-malt bill things like the yeast flavour (or lack of) and ABV. Then I'll start fiddling with grain bill, more sweetness? Decrease those chocolates and add in some crystal or cara-something else. More roast? Drop the carabohemian and pale chocolate and add in some roast barley.
The Gladfield roasted wheat is mainly adding color, so if you're after more roast you could also replace that with black malt or roasted barley. Or more dark chocolate, the options are pretty wide and you just need to take small steps once you've got something in the ballpark.