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Brewing a White Stout
« on: January 03, 2019, 06:14:14 PM »
The first time I had a Black IPA I was totally shocked by the misleading color.  If I had been blindfolded, I would have thought the beer that I was tasting was a west coast IPA.

In fact, most people who dislike a porter or a stout won't even try a Black IPA once they see how dark it is.  Boy are they missing out on a great IPA.  Regardless, I have been hooked on the style ever since.

A couple of months ago I purchased a variety 12-pack that contained a Black IPA, and I started to think . . . What if I could brew a stout that was blonde / straw / or even pale?

WOW would that fool people !   Thus was born my latest experiment . . .

I surprisingly found approx 12 recipes for a White Stout on the web, but after reading through them I noticed a lot of similarities.  I decided to plug each recipe into an Excel spreadsheet so I could trim down the number of similarities and options.

With a little tweaking of the grain bills, hops, and adjuncts, I narrowed the list down to fit into 3 very distinct recipes.

The yeast starter for RECIPE #1 is doing nicely and will be ready for brewday this Saturday.

I'm hoping I don't have to tweak the amount of specialty grains or adjuncts on the fly, but I am really going to be keeping an eye on the color of my recirc lines during the mash.  If the wort starts getting too dark I am going to have to stop adding anymore of those particular color contributing ingredients to the mash and pray the beer still comes out tasting like a stout.

I will keep the group updated as to how it turns out before I move onto RECIPE #2.
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Re: Brewing a White Stout
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 07:49:18 PM »
The color of the mash-out for RECIPE #1 of my White Stout experiment came out pretty nice.  The wort simply looks like any other non-stout or non-porter wort like an IPA or a Lager.

I knew the Crystal 20 wasn't going to add much color, but I was afraid about adding a smoked malt.  I ended up purchasing the smoked malt from Weyermann because it is only about 2L or 3L of color.  A roasted malt would have killed the experiment.

I have 2 pics of the wort from brew day, and also a pic of the coffee beans and the cacao nibs that I have sanitizing in a pint of vanilla flavored vodka which will be added when I secondary next weekend . . .
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Re: Brewing a White Stout
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 07:56:40 PM »
nice, looks wierd for a stout  ;)
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