Strange-steve's Homebrew Reviews

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  1. Apr 14, 2018 #181

    dan125

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    Cheers Steve :hat:Glad you enjoyed it and, as ever, its really interesting & useful to hear someone else's opinion of a beer.
    I was quite pleased with this as the first bitter I've brewed for 18 months - it made a nice change from my usual hoppy brews and I'm defo gonna have another crack at something similarish soon.
    It came in at 5.3% ABV (higher than the 4.9% I planned), and you're not the first person to pick out a bit of booziness in my beers - I'll have to try fermenting cooler, but this was at 17C for the 1st week, so not sure if I dare go much lower??
    I'm sure the balance/drinkability is helped along by a combo of a lack of late/dry hops, and a more aggresive than usual water treatment, and I'll push this a bit higher still next time.
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  2. Apr 16, 2018 #182

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    That's interesting, I don't know why the alcohol flavour would be noticeable at that volume when fermented at 17°. I definitely wouldn't go any lower for this style though. It was only a minor observation and honestly it didn't detract much from the beer.
     
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  3. May 12, 2018 #183

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    Tonight I'm drinking a fantastic sounding chocolate coconut stout sent by @clarkeuk and I'm rather looking forward to this one...

    Aroma
    A nice toasty, coconut aroma is dominant. Smells sweet and delicious.

    Appearance
    Very dark brown with a pretty red hue when held up to the light, thin head with very good retention.

    Flavour
    Much like the aroma, this is sweet, toasty with a very well balanced coconut flavour. Some citrusy bitterness coming through in the finish with dark, rich chocolate flavours. Very smooth roast flavours which compliment the coconut very well. Clean fermentation profile, nothing much in the way of esters. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel.

    Overall Impression
    This is another cracking brew mate. The balance is spot on for my taste, plenty of coconut without overpowering the other subtleties. The chocolate flavours are dark and bitter, almost coffee-like which cut nicely through the malty sweetness. A very well made beer and it went down beautifully, I can't really fault it at all or offer any suggestions for improvement! Thanks for sending this mate. Can I ask how you used the coconut?

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  4. May 13, 2018 #184

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    I would like to see the recipe if don't mind as this sounds like my kind of brew
     
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  5. May 13, 2018 #185

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    I've just done the same thing but 10% I'll pop one in the post for you pal. Also up for a swap if you like Clarkeuk?
     
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  6. May 16, 2018 at 4:09 PM #186

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    Thanks.again @strange-steve glan you enjoyed. Only just seen this review Dont know why but i no longer get notifications when tagged in this forum . @ stigman sorry mate but that was my last one i will be re brewing it again probably late summer and will get one too you then pal .
    @strange-steve will dig out the recipe and get it up on here

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  7. May 20, 2018 at 4:22 PM #187

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    @private4587@strange-steve
    Choc coconut stout

    4.7kg pale malt
    250g amber
    250g oats
    220g carafa 1
    220g roasted barley
    200g crystal 60
    200g caramunich
    130 g chocolate malt
    60min mash @67
    Mash out 75
    15g magnom and 11g columbus @90 min
    Ibu 43
    100 g lactose @ 10 min
    300g toasted coconut @0 min
    20g cascade @ 0 min
    Whirlpool 5 min steep 15 min
    Nottingham yeast pitch and ferment
    @19°c
    Dry hop 5 days 300g roasted coconut
    100g roasted cocoa nibs which had been soaked in 90g vodka
    Og 1062
    Fg 1017

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