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Offline Mr_Beer

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Recipe conversion help requested
« on: March 20, 2022, 07:56:10 am »
Years ago (30+) my daughter got me a ‘beer kit’ as a present.  I brewed some initial beginner recipes I then brewed something called ‘Bituminous Stout’.  It was a winner in a 1992 competition.  No style guidelines, just a recipe I followed.  The recipe has a variety of ingredients that are no longer available in rural America.

4 pounds   Mountmellick Stout kit, hopped
3 pounds   Cooper?s Stout kit, hopped
1 pound   Laaglander dark DME
? pound    Australian dark DME
1 pound    crystal malt 40? Lovibound
.5 pound    crystal malt 110? Lovibound
.5 pound    Chocolate malt
.5 pound    Roasted barley
.25 pound   Black patent malt

My daughter asked me to brew it for her this year. 

I would like to have an all grain equivalent for this recipe.  I need advice as to what to substitute for ….
4 pounds   Mountmellick Stout kit, hopped
3 pounds   Cooper?s Stout kit, hopped
1 pound   Laaglander dark DME
.5 pound    Australian dark DME

As far as I can determine it would be characterized as an Imperial Stout but I am open to suggestions regarding style guidelines. 

Lots of very skilled folks here so I would appreciate any help you can provide.

Thank you

Offline erockrph

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Re: Recipe conversion help requested
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2022, 03:48:14 pm »
Honestly, there's really no telling what the heck were in those extracts. Having never used any of them, this is just a WAG, but I'd just increase your specialty malts by a bit (maybe 50%???), and use enough Pale Ale malt as a base malt to hit the OG you're targeting. For an imperial stout I'd bitter to 60ish IBU's at 60 minutes with whatever bittering hop you have on hand (Magnum, Nugget, Galena, CTZ, Apollo, etc.).

FWIW, I think Coopers makes the hopped extracts in Mr Beer Kits now. If you can find a few stout kits that may be worth subbing in to go full retro on this.
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Offline tommymorris

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Re: Recipe conversion help requested
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2022, 08:09:00 pm »
Yeah. I think you win the award for hardest question of the year. Then again, this is the internet. Watch someone give you a good answer ;)

Offline BrewnWKopperKat

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Re: Recipe conversion help requested
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2022, 08:23:00 am »
To bring closure to this topic, there is a topic over in HomebrewTalk where a recipe is being discussed.