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Stouticus American Stout (archive)

  Stouticus started out as just a name suggested by my co-workers. I created the recipe with the goal to make a nice hearty American Stout to share at work. It was a great hit.

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Stouticus (AG) --- Batch 2

American Stout
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size 7.00 gal
Mash Efficiency 70.00 Boil Time 90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.060 SG
Estimated FG
1.018 SG
Recipe Bitterness
48.0 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.5 %
BU : GU 0.799    
Recipe Color
34.7 SRM
Measured OG:  1.060 Measured FG: 1.020
ADF:  66.6% Measured ABV:  5.3


6 lbs 12.0 ozPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain149.3 %
2 lbs 8.0 ozMunich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)Grain218.3 %
1 lbs 4.0 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)Grain39.1 %
1 lbs 4.0 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM)Grain49.1 %
10.0 ozChocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)Grain64.6 %
5.0 ozBlack Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM)Grain72.3 %
0.75 ozColumbus [14.20 %] - Boil 45.0 minHop835.2 IBUs
1.75 ozCentennial [10.00 %] - Boil 10.0 minHop1012.9 IBUs
0.50 tspIrish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining9-
0.50 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)Other11-
1.1 pkgAmerican Ale II (Harvested) (Wyeast Labs #1272) [125.00 ml]Yeast12-
1 lbsBarley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)Grain57.3 %

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
SaccharificationAdd 32.01 qt of water at 165.7 F158.0 F60 min

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort
Recipe Notes

1 quart starter made 2 days in advance.
Ferment 65 until main fermentation is over, then let it go where it wants.
Batch prime with 4.5 oz cane sugar.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp: 166
Mash Temps:
 160 cooled to 158 down to 156 at end
Pre-boil OG 1.058 (1.056 SG) Pre-boil Vol 7.75 (7.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp  70
Day 1: Quick start down to 62/64 next morning
Day 2: 64 going well.
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
09/06/2011 Need to brew again esheppy
I am using this beer as a bribe to donate to the 2nd Wind Fund. 
09/21/2011 Bought ingredients esheppy
I purchased my ingredients yesterday. I am substituting flaked barely for 1 pound of the 2-row. Need to update recipe. Brewing this weekend. 
09/22/2011 Starter esheppy
Made a yeast starter of about a quart water to 1 cup DME last night. Working away this morning. 
09/27/2011 esheppy
Brewed on Sunday see Thankyou Stouticus blog entry. Put a little over half a gallon in 1 gallon water jug as a sort of satellite fermenter (although not at same temp). It seems to be done. Main fermenter started quickly and is going pretty well at 64 on day 2. 
10/06/2011 esheppy
Put some of the beer from the satellite fermenter into 4 bottles. Dumped out the rest. Didn't take an OG reading. Sample tasted very good. 
10/09/2011 esheppy
Took a sample. 1.020 OG. Makes it 5.3 ABV and 66.7% ADF. Was expecting a slightly better attenuation, but I'm ok with 1.020. I was going to add lactose to get it up to 1.020 anyway. The sample tasted amazing IMHO. 
10/16/2011 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up with 4.25oz sugar in a keg. Used the beer gun to bottle. Still at 1.020. I really thought the sample was fantastic again. Got 39 12 oz bottles; 4 bombers; 2 liters. 
10/24/2011 esheppy
Tried one of the "satellite" beers yesterday. Thought it tasted awesome. I am sure if this one turned out good, the "real" batch turned out just fantastic. 
11/03/2011 esheppy
#StoutDay Had the first of this batch (from the main fermenter). Absolutely awesome. Passed out the bribe at work too. 
05/12/2012 esheppy
Had a liter with pizza. This beer gets better and better. Don't have much left. Should I hide some from myself? 
11/08/2012 esheppy
Had some for #StoutDay. Fantastic. 
03/17/2013 esheppy
Still tasting wonderful. Only a couple left. 
09/28/2013 esheppy
Had the 2nd to the last bottle. As good or better than it ever was. Nice smooth mellow roast. Wonderful. 

Stouticus (AG) --- Batch 1

American Stout
Batch Size
5.00 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   6.54 gal
Mash Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.051 SG
Estimated FG
1.013 SG
Recipe Bitterness
40.0 IBU (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.01 %
BU : GU   0.780        
Recipe Color
35.4 SRM
Measured OG:    1.052   Measured FG:    1.015 (1.019 w lactose)
ADF:    71%   Measured ABV:    4.82%


Amount Item Type % or IBU
6 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 69.23 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.26 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 10.26 %
8.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 5.13 %
4.0 oz Black Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM) Grain 2.56 %
4.0 oz Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 2.56 %
0.50 oz Columbus [14.20 %] (60 min) Hops 31.8 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [6.90 %] (15 min) Hops 8.2 IBU
0.52 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.52 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs American Ale II (Harvested) (Wyeast Labs #1272) [Starter 125 ml] [Cultured] Yeast-Ale
Mike Sugar (lactose) at bottling time

Mash Profile

Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 12.19 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F

Batch Sparge Round 1: Sparge with 0.66 gal of 168.0 F water
Batch Sparge Round 2: Sparge with 2.54 gal of 168.0 F water
Batch Sparge Round 3: Sparge with 1.72 gal of 168.0 F water
Recipe Notes
1 quart starter made 2 days in advance.
Ferment 65 until main fermentation is over, then let it go where it wants.
Batch prime with 4.5 oz cane sugar.  NOTE:  on this batch, added in 8oz Lactose at bottling time.  Did not take that into account in OG or ADF.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   166
Mash Temps:
 156, 160, 158, 150
Pre-boil OG   1.045 (1.041)   Pre-boil Vol   6.5 gal (6.54 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    62
Day 1: very active quickly 62 morning 62/64 evening.
Day 2:  64 morning very active.  Kraussen falling by evening 64/66 
Day 3:  68 and calm. 
Brewing Notes: 02/16/2011 Stouticus Ingredients esheppy
Picked up the ingredients for this today. I tasted the Black Barley (Briess Stout Roast Barley), and thought it might be too intense to put a whole 8oz in. Ended up going with 4oz Black, 8oz Chocolate, and 4oz Carafa III. Obviously need to update the recipe in Beer Smith.
02/20/2011 Brewing Day esheppy
I got a stuck sparge somewhere between sparge 2 and 3. I measured the OG, and decided it would be fine to just fill the brew pot up with water. My efficiency into the boiler still came out at 85%, so I'm ok I guess. My OG was high going into fermentor, so diluted with about .5 gallons of water. My OG came out perfect at that point, so I'm happy. This is my first fermentation in the better bottle, so I'm not sure how to be control temp. Just basically put water bottles next to the fermenter. Have to come up with something better for the summer, but I'm pretty sure it will be ok this time.
02/23/2011 Better Bottle Screwy Brewer
I've been reading more and more lately about fermenting using the better bottle. I like to get the 3 gallon size and was wondering how you liked using them.delete
02/23/2011 BB Answer esheppy
Well, Screwy, this is the first time I've used it, so I don't really know. So far so good. As I mentioned above, I need to come up with something for temperature control. The other thing I'm wondering about is getting it clean. Next time I'm in my LHBS, I'll have to ask what they suggest.
02/26/2011 esheppy
Took a large enough sample to get a gravity reading. At about 1.015, which is a bit higher than the estimated FG, but ok. Taste was much more chocolaty than roasty. I liked it.delete
03/05/2011 Another Sample esheppy
Took got a new wine thief and used it to get another sample Thursday night. FG was still around 1.015. The dry roasty black malt flavor is coming through stronger now. I do sort of wonder how many co-workers will actually like this.
Decided to add in half a pound of lactose during bottling today. Will give the beer a little more body and might counteract the dry bitterness of the black barley.
03/12/2011 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up with 4.5oz cane sugar and 8oz lactose. Sample really tasted nice and roasty with a little hint of chocolate. Can't really taste the hops at all. Got 43 12oz bottles; 4 22oz bottles and 2 1 liter bottles. Don't know if I want to give any of these away like I said I would.
03/20/2011 esheppy
Put on the labels today. Need to figure out a fair way to distribute 40 of these among 23 or 24 people.
04/06/2011 First Taste esheppy
Had one. It is a really good stout. I think the lactose was a good idea.The flavor starts sweet and ends with a touch of roasty dryness. I do not really detect much hop flavor, but the hop bitterness does balance the sweetness nicely.delete
04/06/2011 esheppy
Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas.delete
04/08/2011 into FHS esheppy
Brought a bunch into FHS. This really wipes out most of my inventory. I am hoping that not everyone takes some so I can have some back.
04/08/2011 Stouticus was outstouting! J Woody
Had my first Stouticus tonight. I couldn't wait. It was a really great beer. I think Eric has a future after software.
04/10/2011 Thanks esheppy
Well, thank you Mr. Woody. I'm glad you think I have a future. I'm even happier that you liked the beer. I also got a good review from Kyle, so I guess it turned out pretty good. And, of course, I like it which is probably more important anyway.
04/22/2011 esheppy
Compared to Sierra Nevada American stout.Body similar. Stouticus starts sweeter. SN has more hop flavor and better head. Mine does stack up well, though.

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