I wouldn't use coconut in the primary. No way for you to control the flavor impact. I generally add toasted coconut to the secondary in my 5-0 Hawaiian Porter. It also has cacao nibs and Hawaiian coffee in it. Not sure if that is a deal breaker for you? I would be happy to share the recipe.
Not a deal breaker -- I haven't used a secondary in several years but I certainly could. I like the additions (I do stouts with cocoa-coffee). Would love the recipe.
Matter of semantics. I should have been more specific. I place all the ingredients in the keg, that way I can taste the flavor development. Generally I save some of the initial beer to blend back in because I usually lose a half gallon or so of beer from all the ingredients.
5-0 Hawaiian Porter
6 gallons post boil
60 min boil
6% Chocolate Malt
4% Carafa III
38 IBUs 60 min
14g Williamette/5 IBUs @ 30min
Ale yeast ( I prefer WLP007 but have brewed with chico before)
* I use the coffee and cacao nibs to develop some of the natural porter character so that it is not over the top roasty. Never done a normal robust porter with this recipe, but would work. Maybe dial back the cacao nibs and coffee if so?
6 oz Cacao nibs
24 oz Coconut flakes ( can be divided or added all at once, I have done both)
1.5-2 oz coffee of choice, dry beaned. I use Kona
1 vanilla bean (rounds out the flavors)
Also, 16 fluid oz. of cold steeped coffee.
I systematically pull the additions when they are the flavor profile I prefer. Coffee and vanilla generally 4 days. Cacao nibs are usually 4-7 days. I find the coconut is the most variable ingredient. Did this recipe 3 weeks ago. Added all 24oz of coconut due to time limitations. Pulled the coconut after 4.5 days. The initial recipe was 16oz x 2 wks. Then another 8oz. for a week.
Cacao nibs and coconut were toasted in the oven. House smells fantastic when this happens! Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!
This recipe in the 3 comps I have entered has finished no worse than 3rd place BOS. Winning twice. Goes over well at festivals also.
i've got a total newbie question on this recipe since i'm, well, a newbie. it says 38 ibu 60 min but it doesn't say what kind of hop or how much for the 60 minute addition.
is the 14g of williamette going to give you enough total bitterness. 14g is only .5 oz. which is half a package of hops.
for the 38 ibu aren't you going to need something else?
Thanks for the help!
in this case because you don't care about anything but bitterness the type of hop doesn't really matter, you want a high alpha, neutral hop.
how to calculate IBUs is covered here pretty wellhttp://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter5-5.html
but honestly I would use software or online calculators but I'm lazy.
so no, the Willamette is not going to give you 38 IBU it is going to give you ~5 IBU when Added at 30 minutes. as indicated in the recipe.
Get some magnum or bravo or something similarly high alpha% for the bittering charge so you don't need to use very much.