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Stouticus American Stout

Brewed: 01/03/2021   Kegged: 01/17/2021


Travis, the COO of FHS (the company from which the Brew Master collects paychecks) came up with the idea that I should brew an FHS beer.  I asked him what kind of beer he wanted:

Stouticus_Ferment.jpgLager or Ale?
Color:  Yellow, Gold, Amber, Red, Brown, Black
Flavor:  Hoppy, Balanced, Malty
Ingredients:  Wheat, Barley, Rye, Combination of any two, All three
Alcohol:  Low, Medium, High, REALLY High
Spices?  Fruit?   Other requested flavors?

He sent that out to everyone in the company for feedback and asked for a name and logo.

The best name suggestion was "Stouticus".

One person gave specific suggestions for what she would like the beer to be like:

Rouge OREgasmic Ale

McMenamins Terminator Stout

Rouge Mocha Porter

With the name "Stouticus" and one of the suggestions an American Stout, I decided to go in that direction.  The Terminator Stout says it uses pale and Munich malts, some crystal 40, and some black barley.  It says it uses Cascade hops.  The beer has a 1.065 OG and an ABV of 6.45%. 

stouticus.JPGBatch 1 of Stouticus borrowed some of the specifications from the McMenamins Terminator, but the Brew Master put a few of his own twists on the recipe.  Stouticus uses good old fashioned American pale 2-row malt with about 10% Munich malt and about the same amount of crystal 40.  Black barley and chocolate malt give it a big, bold roasted flavor and dark color.  I also added in some Carafa III to add some color and to hopefully subdue too much of the aggressive roast from the black barley.  Cascade hops provide a bit of citrusy bite.  Sheppy Brew's "house yeast", a harvested American Ale II strain (WY 1272), gives Stouticus a clean profile with just a touch of nutty flavor to compliment the dark, roasted chocolate and coffee flavors from the dark malts.  Its alcohol content is on the low end of an American stout.  But, it should be a treat for all you stout-lover's out there.

At bottling time of the first batch, I decided to add in about half a pound of lactose to increase the body and maybe add in a bit of sweetness to balance the dry roasted black barely. I adjusted the recipe in batch #2 to get rid of the lactose and increase body with higher amounts of grains and higher mash temps. Batch #2 used Centennial hops instead of Cascade .. mostly because I had lots of centennial in the freezer.

I shared a large portion of the first batch of this beer with my fellow FHS employees, and it seemed to be a pretty big hit.

I did not get any logo submissions, so I grabbed some photos of the owners and dumped them on one of the standard Sheppy Brew backgrounds.


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Stouticus (AG) --- Batch 3 (278)

Style American Stout Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.059 SG Estimated FG 1.014 SG
Recipe Bitterness 34.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.1 %
BU : GU   0.573        
Recipe Color 35.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.059    Measured FG:   1.016 (before lactose) 
ADF:   73    Measured ABV:   5.7 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.59 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
14.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Salt (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
7 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 48.7 % 0.55 gal
3 lbs Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 6 20.9 % 0.23 gal
1 lbs Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 7 7.0 % 0.08 gal
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 8 7.0 % 0.08 gal
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 9 7.0 % 0.08 gal
8.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 10 3.5 % 0.04 gal
6.0 oz Black Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM) Grain 11 2.6 % 0.03 gal
0.250 oz Columbus [18.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 12 18.8 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 13 - -
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 14 3.8 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 15 - -
2.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 16 11.5 IBUs -
1.0 pkg American Ale II (Harvested) (Wyeast Labs #1272) [125.00 ml] Yeast 17 - -
8.0 oz Milk Sugar (Lactose) [Bottling] (0.0 SRM) Sugar 18 3.5 % 0.04 gal

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 30.36 qt of water at 160.0 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
1 quart starter made 2 days in advance.
Water target "Stout" profile in Beer Smith.
From Denver water, additions puts my water at:
Ferment 65 until main fermentation is over, then let it go where it wants.
Keg after 2 weeks, adding lactose to bring FG up to 1.020

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.053 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
12/31/2020 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Might brew this weekend, or it might be the following weekend. We'll see.
01/03/2021 esheppy
Brew day went ok. There were issues. All good, though. OG right on plan. Fermentation going early evening.
01/04/2021 esheppy
Active fermentation. Nice healthy krausen. Beer looks less black than I would expect from a "Stout". We'll have to see how the color ends up.
01/08/2021 esheppy
Not really much bubbling, and there doesn't appear to be much yeast in suspension, but still lots of kraussen.
01/17/2021 esheppy
Took a sample for gravity. 1.016. Love the flavor. Not too much roast. Not sure it needs to lactose. Color isn't as dark as I think it should be. More of a dark brown than black. Not a big deal. Half a pound of lactose should be about right for the FG just above 1.020.
01/17/2021 esheppy
Kegged. Added half a pound of lactose. I think next time I make this, I'll add the lactose into the boil. Right now, this keg is chilling on my back patio.
01/18/2021 esheppy
Poured a pint. Great milk stout flavor with a touch of hop flavor. Needs more carbonation, but us really coming along.
01/23/2021 esheppy
It is interesting how my perception of third beer changes at different times. Sometimes, the centennial hop flavor really comes through. Sometimes the lactose and rich malt hide there hops. It is always delicious, just different depending on my mood.
01/29/2021 esheppy
So delicious. Both the rich dark malts and the citrusy hops coming through great. Beautiful thick head. Need to compare to Left Hand soon.
01/31/2021 esheppy
Did a side by side with Left Hand Milk Stout. Much different beers. The most obvious difference is the centennial hop flavor. To be honest, I much prefer Stouticus.
01/31/2021 esheppy
Pairing with Girl Scout Thin Mints. Fantastic.
02/28/2021 esheppy
Giving away a half growler today, and had to try a pint. Still fantastic. Still nice hop flavor along with the chocolate notes of the malts. Yummy.
03/13/2021 esheppy
Still a great beer. Might be a little less hop flavor in the finish, but still has that American Stout character.
03/20/2021 esheppy
Lovely beer. Delicious. Will try to finish off keg this weekend to make room for Galena Dave's.
03/20/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg.
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