Bottling day – chocolate stout

Today was bottling day for the chocolate stout that is not an oatmeal chocolate stout as called for in the recipe. I tasted a bit after taking some out to use the hydrometer and get the final numbers, and I can’t say that the lack of the oatmeal is all that noticeable. Going by the numbers, it looks like ABV is around 4.2%, a bit lower than stated in the book. I got three 750 ml bottles and one 500 ml. I think I’m going to get a few more of the smaller ones to give me more flexibility in …

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Brew Day – Abbey Ale Test Brew

One of the first beer brewing books I bought was True Brews by Emma Christensen. I had found her blog by searching the internet for 1-gallon brewing and immediately started following her. The book was exactly what I needed, as most books that I saw in my local book store were primarily about larger batches. Plus, the thought of making my own sodas, cider or mead eventually also intrigued me. Emma announced late last year that she is working on a new book of 1-gallon recipes focusing only on beer, and was looking for test brewers. I thought about it …

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