Imperial Oatmeal Stout- Batch 55

Gearing up for a beer tasting party next month and need to cap it off with a good stout.  Was planning on doing my old stand by Oatmeal Stout, which I love, but I wanted to do something bigger.  Something better.  Something…. imperial!

Imperial Stout Ingredients (minus the grains)

Ingredients (minus the grains)

So, here’s what I came up with for a recipe:

2 lbs quick oats
3 lbs light malt extract
6 lbs liquid dark malt extract
1-1/2 lbs 60L crystal malt
1/2 lb chocolate malt
1/2 lb roasted barley
1/4 lb black patent
4 tsp gypsum
1oz Centennial hops (boiling)
1 oz Cascade hops (boiling)
1/2 oz Cascade hops (10 minutes left)
1/2 oz Cascade hops (2 minutes left)
1/4 tsp Irish Moss (10 minutes left)
Irish Ale Yeast

Oatmeal for stout

Oatmeal for stout

So I made a tea with the grains by putting them in a grain bag.  Had about 2.5 gallons of water and held it at 150 degrees for 30 minutes.  My boys enjoyed splashing the grain bag around.

Tea-Bagging grains

Tea-Bagging grains

Once I got the kids to bed I began the boil.  I added the light malt extract and my bittering hops. Once I had 10 minutes left I added the liquid dark malt extract and the Irish moss.  I also added my flavor hops.  About this time I realized that I forgot to add my gypsum to my water.  Oops.  There’s always next time.

Hops in Oatmeal Stout

Hops in Oatmeal Stout

With 2 minutes left I added the remaining hops.  Finally my boil was done, so I removed the wort from heat and began to strain out the hops.  This didn’t take too long.  Then I poured my hot wort into my fermenter, burning my finger in the process.  Topped it off to 5 gallons and cleaned up my mess, which wasn’t too bad this time.

I’m so looking forward to this being done.  I’m going to enjoy this one!

Edit: Just took the initial gravity and pitched the yeast.  Initial gravity was 1.090.  I started to wonder if I shouldn’t be more scientific and precise when I take the gravity readings, given how my readings seem off sometimes.  Tonight’s was probably right.  I got it from pretty much dead center of the beer.

Also, this beer already tastes AMAZING!  Oh, I so can’t wait for this to be done!  My wife even liked it, and that says a lot.

Brett aerating the beer before pitching the yeast

Brett aerating the beer

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