Oatmeal Stout..

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    Clint

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    Hello all,
    I'm contemplating tomorrow's brew day...was sure it was going to be dry stout a la GH. Done it a couple of times with very acceptable results and have all the necessary standing by..but ..across the page is the oatmeal stout which sounds right up my cul-de-sac...Recipe asks for 250g rolled oats...I got enough porridge oats as used in some IPAS..ok? Also there's a 39g of challenger at boil start for bittering and 16g @ 7%AAU,at turn off,but if my records are right I only have around 50g @ 6%AAU. There's another addition of Golding,16g,at turn off which I got. What could I sub the challenger with please?
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    I don't use oats as an adjunct very often - but I'd be tempted to cut back a quite bit on the porridge oats, as they will be a lot more more refined than rolled oats (no husk etc). I couldn't give you a factor (you could try an online search), but I'd be tempted to try somewhere in the 150-180g range as a trial.
    As for the hops, personally I wouldn't worry that much. But, if you want to hit the bitterness of the recipe then try putting your recipe into Brewer's Friend or similar. Personally, I would probably up the Challenger a bit to, say, 45g, if your Challenger's AA is a bit low. This will leave you only 5g for the flameout addition, but I wouldn't worry. Simply pop in another 10-15g Goldings at flameout. (I'm guessing that you have plenty of Goldings). Assuming that you chill, this will result in no significant difference in bitterness, and the flavour will be pretty similar.
     
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    I usually toast rolled oats and can recommend it for a stout on the basis that toasting it gives quite a "nutty" flavour and the oats themselves improve a low ABV mouthfeel.

    All I do is stick the oats in a wok and keep stirring it over a low heat until it turns a nice medium dark brown.

    Be gentle with the toasting though. Oats are one of those funny items that can go from "white and bland" to "black and bitter" within seconds; and they will keep toasting even after they are taken off the heat if they aren't kept stirred.

    Enjoy.
     
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    Clint

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    Hmmm..thanks,could I roast my smart price oats?
     
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    I only buy Lidl so don't know; but if there aren't any additives (e.g.powdered milk) then I don't see why not.

    PS I've also toasted oatmeal as well as the rolled oats from Lidl.
     
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    What about First Gold or EKG to make up the flame out hops? Or sub them in for half the bittering hops? Northdown or Northern Brewer may work too. The AA% of both is similar to Challenger according to the table in GH book.

    I recently got away with using Summit instead of Admiral for bittering a Brown Ale and it's worked a treat.
     

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