I tried making a black hybrid beer back in March hoping to make a black beer that tasted more like an amber. It turned out more roasty than I anticipated. This is my second go at it, but this time I decided to drop the hybrid bit (pilsner malt) and just do an ale.
This is what I have so far for a 5 gal partial mash/partial boil:
3 lbs ultralight LME (FO)
3.5 lbs 2-row
0.5 lb Midnight Wheat
0.5 lb pale chocolate
0.5 lb carafoam
0.25 lb crystal 60
0.25 lb crystal 90
0.5 oz Mt Hood @ 70 mins
0.75 oz Mt hood @ 21/7 mins
I don’t mind a hint of roast, but I’m not looking for a porter. My previous attempt was like a mild porter. Still good though and I greatly cherish a roasty coffeeish stout! I’m hoping the chocolate comes through nicely.
What do you expect this to taste like?
I’m splitting a 5 lb bag of 2-row between this and another brew, and considering the other pound used in this being swapped out for something like Munich or some other base grain. I’m not sure though. Suggestions?
I’ve not used Crisp pale chocolate and so am unsure if ~226g in a ~19L batch will bring out a roasty flavor or not. I’m hoping for a nice chocolate note.
The Midnight wheat is a very dark roasted malt that leaves the least amount of roast flavor, though I found out last time that it will if it a bit much is used (1.5 times what I’m considering this time, though I also used a little carafa special and dark chocolate).
I won’t cry if this comes out a little roasty as I certainly love a roasty stout, but I’m really hoping for mostly color with a flavor more like that of an amber with a chocolate note. I’m looking for a black beer that gives the impression but leaves you surprised when you try it.
Any suggestions, comments, insights, experience?