can a newby brew stout?

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can a newby brew stout?

Postby dregsucker » Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:48 pm

I am looking at getting into home brewing. I like sweet stout (Sam Adams Cream Stout is quite good) and would like to try my hand at brewing it. Any simple recipes for a complete newby?
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Postby Gravity Thrills » Tue Jun 17, 2003 6:21 pm

Hey, welcome to a great hobby/obsession!

I think that dark beers are actually a lot more forgiving than lighter styles for new brewers. Probably 4 of the first 5 beers I ever brewed were porters and stouts, and they all came out decent enough for my newbie tastes.

There are lots of extract stout recipes and kits. You'll get into using light extract and a small amount of specialty grain for flavor and color soon enough, so you can either go that route right away or go simpler and get a stout extract kit. The secret to making a cream stout or a milk stout is the addition of a small amount of unfermentable lactose (milk sugar). You can probably find several good sweet stout recipes on this site as well.

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first ever brew

Postby fitz » Tue Jun 24, 2003 10:31 am

My first ever brew was an English Nut Brown Ale that I tweaked with Dark DME and licorice root to make a wonderful stout. Quite easy, and very tasty. Maybe I'll try that one again, haven't thought of that one in a long while.
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