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Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:08:54 PM »
Well, after a year, I finally get to re-brew my cherry stout! The first time I brewed it last year was pretty much a shot in the dark with it being my second all-grain brew. I got lucky because it turned out pretty good, and it took first in the regional and made it to the final round of the NHC. I'm brewing it with a few modification to the original recipe in response to judges comments (which were consistent and what I thought too).

I'll be brewing a 10 gallon batch this year. I picked up 20 lbs of tart cherries (two 10 lb tubs). I'm going to gear down the cherry to 1.5 lbs per gallon instead of 2 lbs per gallon. I'm also going to add a pound of 60L crystal to go with the 2 row pale and flaked barley in the mash. I currently have the roasted barley and chocolate malt cold steeping. I did two 1/2 gallon starters with White Labs 007 Dry English Ale, which are now cold crashing in the fridge. Everything is looking towards a good brew day tomorrow. I'm pretty psyched!

Any ideas of what to use the left over 5 lbs of tart cherries?
Frank

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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 06:08:17 PM »
Cherry porter? Cherry pale ale? Cherry wheat?

Cherry stout sounds really good. Hope it goes well.
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013, 06:17:29 PM »
It was really good. Our problem was that we drank most of it before it was in its prime. I won't be drinking any of this batch until the annual Mader Christmas Party... Ok, I may try one lol.

Cherry wheat would be good, but I don't know about it with tart cherries.
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 09:57:46 PM »
Brew any sours? How about meads? Those would be my top two choices. Third choice would be pie :)
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 05:16:29 AM »
Brew any sours? How about meads? Those would be my top two choices. Third choice would be pie :)

I have not brewed either of those... To be honest, a couple pies crossed my mind haha
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 05:36:19 AM »
I like tart cherry hard cider.
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 07:08:11 AM »
I like tart cherry hard cider.

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or +1 to the cherry melomel mentioned by erockph
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 07:19:18 AM »
It was really good. Our problem was that we drank most of it before it was in its prime. I won't be drinking any of this batch until the annual Mader Christmas Party... Ok, I may try one lol.

Cherry wheat would be good, but I don't know about it with tart cherries.
Tart cherries work well in a wheat beer.  I make it for my wife once a year or so. Beats the Sam Adams crap by a pretty good stretch.
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013, 09:36:56 AM »
Can you squeak out a 15 gallon batch of stout? If so, dose one keg with lacto/brett  ;D

Tart cherry is also REALLY nice in dubbel and doppelbock.

Tart cherry, mosaic/citra IPA? (Don't knock it till ya tried it)
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Re: Cherry Stout Re-Brew
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013, 05:14:58 PM »
Nah I can't do a 15 gallon batch. I got 10 in thought. All in all it was a pretty good brew day. Well, until right after I finished cleaning up the tornado sirens were going off. It was a pretty epic storm. Maybe I'll call the beer "Cherry Stout Storm". .... I may look into a tart cherry wheat beer. That Sam Adams cherry stout is about the sweetest thing I've ever drank....garbage!
Frank