A great, easy-drinking stout perfect for all-day drinking with friends while watching the boxing
A few weeks back I had all of the boys around for the big Mayweather vs McGregor boxing match. We watched the pay-per-view fight, pouring beers and ciders from my trusty side-by-side beer fridge. We had a bunch of awesome food including truffled mac’n’cheese, collard greens with shredded slow-cooked ham hock as well as 18-hour cooked chipotle and stout (this stout in fact) beef ribs and peach, habanero and IPA hot wings. I brewed three recipes for the fight; a Mayweather American IPA, a Blackberry and Vanilla (black and white) Referee Apple Cider and this, the McGregor Stout.
I was going for a dry Irish stout, but it didn’t end up attenuating as highly as I’d had liked. No matter, this stout is still a well balanced, perceptible bitter number with a nice smooth roasted coffee and chocolate flavour.
Side note: Even though Mayweather didn’t last the distance, at just 3.8% abv, you’ll be able to go all day with this one.
Batch volume: 22 L
Pre-boil volume: 31 L
Pre-boil gravity: 1.030
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Colour: 32 SRM
|Grains||% of Fermentables|
|2.3 kg||Maris Otter Pale Malt (3.75°L)||58.2%|
|1.2 kg||Flaked Barley||30.4%|
|300 g||Carafa III (535°L)||7.6%|
|150 g||Chocolate Malt (350°L)||3.8%|
|44 g||East Kent Goldings [5 AA] – 60 mins||30.4|
|10 g||Magnum [11.7 AA] – 60 mins||9.7|
|1 Packet||Safale – S-04|
|1/2 tablet||Irish Moss – 10 mins|
|Target Water Profile|
|Ion||Target (ppm or mg/L)|
Mash the grains at 66ºC for one hour. Fly or batch sparge at 77ºC until you have reached the pre-boil gravity. Bring the collected wort to a boil and wait for the hot break to form. Boil for 90 minutes adding the kettle hops after 30 minutes. After the 90 minute boil either cool quickly using a chilling device or hot can into a no-chill cube and let it cool naturally. Aerate and pitch yeast. Ferment at 20ºC.
If you want to dry hop, try adding around 14 g or Fuggles or EKG a few days into fermentation. After the FG stabilises, clarify your beer if you so choose (see here on how to do it) and rack into a keg or bottle.
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonate to between 1.5 – 2 volumes and if bottling store for at least 30 days prior to drinking.