I refuse to put evil lactose in anything and according to BJCP:
The sweetness in most Sweet Stouts comes from a lower bitterness level than most other stouts and a high percentage of unfermentable dextrins.So I kept the IBUs low and added some crystal 120 to give it some extra sweetness.
This brew was somewhat of an emergency as the previous nitro stout kicked and I didn't have anything to go in its spot.
Full recipe is on BrewersFriend, but here's the TL;DR:
- Brewday: 2019-6-29
- Malts: MO, c120, Chocolate, Black Barley
- Hop: Nugget
- Yeast: Wyeast 1318
- OG: 14.2°P (75% efficiency); FG 3°P; ABV 6%
- Kegged: 2019-7-6 (+7)
mash temp right on target
using the latest technology in brewing science... a stick.
bag out. ready to start up the boil
FW Hops in - this got 20g of Nugget
moving into the brew session beer: Tivoli's Bo Pils. Pretty solid pils!
ready to chill
Floor Manager Steve
Away we go! Since this went on an active yeast cake I'm hoping it finishes out in a week so I can keg next weekend. Bubbles!
2019-7-6 (+7): kegged. Hit FG after only 4 days. Gave it a couple more to settle out. added gelatin to the keg to speed things up a bit.
2019-7-6 (+7): hydrometer check. Got 3.3°P via refractometer and 3°P (1.012) via hydrometer - pretty close.
2019-7-6 (+7): sample + label
2019-7-6 (+7): carbonated with label
2019-7-9 (+10): fancy portrait shot (pixel 3). Getting darker and cleaner. Tasting smooth and chocolaty.