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Friday, August 5, 2016

Winter Is Coming

Winter Beer Is Coming

Crackling fires, hot coffee on a cold morning, snowy roads that become icy death traps. Winter is coming. Winter is stout season. It is hard to beat stepping out on the back porch with a nice cup of coffee and the nip of early winter air. Stepping out on the back porch to enjoy a nice stout in the cold winter air is better. It is time to start brewing our stouts for the season.

Stouts can be brewed and drank as fast as any other ale but an extra few weeks in the bottle improves them drastically. This especially holds true for the bigger stouts. The flavors of a good stout are complex and complement each other. A young stout will put many individual flavors on display. Stout with a little age on it muddles and smooths these complex flavors. Do yourself a favor; brew your stouts now so that they will be nice as conditioned when winter arrives.

There are plenty of nice stout kits in the home brew market. We have researched the interwebz to find some crowd favorite kit. We have also included links to some nice additions to make these stouts your own.

If you really want a big bold rich stout consider the 10% ABV Russian Imperial Stout kit from HomeBrewSupply.com. Add some barrel aged goodness without the barrel using toasted oak chips.

There is no shame in the clone game! MoreBeer.com offers a clone kit for Stone’s 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. At 9.4% ABV this one will certainly warm you up.

Love Chocolate? Look into Great Fermentations Chocoholic Porter. At less than 6% ABV this is a great beer for sitting around a fire for a few hours. Try adding a can of raspberry puree to the beer when primary fermentations begins to slow down. Add a pound of flaked oats to the grist to give this porter the body of a stout.

Pitch either US-05 or Wyeast 1056 in any of these and be sure to include yeast nutrient. Make a starter or double pitch in the Russian Imperial Stout or the Stone clone.

Homebrew Russian Imperial Stout