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Title: Granola?
Post by: jfin on October 04, 2010, 04:26:49 PM
So the other day I was sipping on an IPA eating a dried granola snack and it occurred to me that I could use it in a oatmeal stout.  I was eating maple nut granola, so no fruit.  There should be lots of fermentables in this stuff.  I was thinking of seeping it in 155*F water before the boil with the grain.  Maybe a pound should do it.  Has anyone tried this? 
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: euge on October 04, 2010, 07:26:33 PM
Just remember there's quite a bit of fat in granola. Might affect head retention. However, I've thought of it myself and think the flavor profile would complement many a beer.
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: jfin on October 05, 2010, 10:36:24 AM
Wouldn’t you gain head retention by dispensing with nitrogen?  I have always had a problem with too much head dispensing with nitrogen.  Just haven't perfected it yet
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: denny on October 05, 2010, 03:30:42 PM
Wouldn’t you gain head retention by dispensing with nitrogen?  I have always had a problem with too much head dispensing with nitrogen.  Just haven't perfected it yet

Not necessarily.  The oils could still cause poor retention. 
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: zorch on October 05, 2010, 08:08:19 PM
Rather than going with granola, it might be interesting to use one of those multi-grain hot cereal blends.  Such as:
(http://www.bobsredmill.com/images/cache/BRM-eeb675c08f5f39a37c6423357276c79a.jpg)

Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: jfin on October 06, 2010, 12:11:01 PM
That’s a good idea.  As well as the cereal you could add honey and brown sugar to give the complexity of flavors granola has.  That is what I was trying to accomplish anyway.
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: zorch on October 06, 2010, 06:06:00 PM
That’s a good idea.  As well as the cereal you could add honey and brown sugar to give the complexity of flavors granola has.  That is what I was trying to accomplish anyway.


Some things to consider:
- You'll probably get the most flavor out of the stuff by toasting it on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or so (or until it starts to smell like cookies in the kitchen).    I've done this when using just straight oats, and it seemed to make a difference.

- These cereals tend to be pretty high in protein...   If it was me, I might throw in a 25 minute rest at 130-135 degrees.  Then again, if you're only using a pound or so it might not be a big deal.

Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: jfin on October 07, 2010, 09:44:07 AM
You think a pound isn’t enough? How many rolled oats do you typically use in 5 gallons?
Title: Re: Granola?
Post by: hamiltont on October 07, 2010, 07:18:24 PM
I use a pound of oats per 5 gallons, and as BLATZ mentioned, toasting them is the bomb... Cheers!!!