Barley's Chocolate Orange Stout

Barley's Chocolate Orange Stout is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24.
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Dessert is the best meal of the day, especially when it involves chocolate. But why does dessert always have to be in food form? Not anymore! Barley’s September recipe combines two dessert favorites: chocolate and oranges.

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    What You Get

    1 St. Patrick's Irish Stout Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax DME Pale

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser


    You Provide

    3 Medium Sized Oranges

    1 box (4 oz.) of Bakers Unsweetened Chocolate Squares OR ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (The chocolate squares contain natural oils, so they will give your beer more mouthfeel but a lower head retention. The cocoa powder will offer a better head retention, but less mouthfeel.)

    1/2 Cup Vodka


    For Fans Of

    Breckenridge Chocolate Orange Stout

    Southern Tier Brewing Choklat Oranj Stout


    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.050

    Final Gravity: 1.012

    ABV: 5%

    SRM: (Color): 29

    IBU: (Bitterness): 45

     


    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    STEP 2: BREWING

    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 6 cups of water into your clean 4-quart or larger pot. Bring the water to a boil then remove from heat.

    4. Open the can of St. Patrick’s Irish Stout brewing extract and the BrewMax DME packet, and pour both of their contents into the hot water. Then add the box of Bakers Unsweetened Chocolate OR your cocoa powder to your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. It could take 4-5 minutes to completely dissolve the chocolate squares, but you want to keep stirring until everything is completely dissolved. This mixture is called wort.

    10. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    11. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    12. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    13. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    After you have placed your keg in a cool dry place, you need to prepare your orange. You want to zest all 3 oranges, making sure not to peel too deep. You don’t want any of the white “pith” that is underneath the skin, as this can leave an unwanted bitter flavor in your beer. Peel just deep enough to remove the orange skin.

    Next, place the orange peels into a sanitized jar (or another airtight container) and fill with a ½ cup of vodka. If you are using a different sized container, you want to add enough vodka to cover and sanitize your orange peels. Set jar aside with fermenter.


    STEP 3: Extras

    Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer which will impart more flavor and aroma in your finished brew.

    1. At Day 7 of fermentation very carefully add the contents of the airtight container to your keg, including the vodka. Pour slowly as to not disturb your fermenting wort too much.


    STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by NymythDragon from Slow and steady wins the race Recently taste tested with my wife. She was concerned that the orange zest might be too bitter since I have never sliced the skin off before. I was concerned that the chocolate might not come through. Happily we were wrong on all the above. This is definitely one of the recipes where time is a bonus.
    Date published: 2016-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by mrechke from A Great Holiday Beer This was my first Mr. Beer reciepe and I was amazed at how easy, yet still very delicious, the beer turned out. The beer was a perfect brew for the holidays and everyone in my family loved it.
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BStrasters from Dark and Citrusy I made this and brought it to my family's Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I loved it and so did everyone else - even those who don't generally like stouts. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrek from A little more kick than I expected! This was my second kit and first recipe. I was a bit more careful this time around than with the first one. I let it ferment for 3 weeks just as the instructions said and then I let it carbonate for 3 more. I cracked one open at the end of carbonation to see how it came out. It was pretty good, although a bit tangy. It was almost like red wine tangyness. You could smell the orange & chocolate more than you could taste it, but the beer left an orange-chocolatey after-taste. The ones I'm drinking now are in the second week of conditioning and they do get better as time goes by. However, I don't think they'll make it to the 3rd week! Now this is where I think that extra kick came from... Instead of using 1/2 cup of vodka in the mason jar with the orange peels, I filled it with vodka, so it was more like a 1-1/4 cup of vodka and I added 1 tbsp of granulated cane sugar. I then added this to the LBK after the 1st week of fermentation, just as the instructions said to. The end result doesn't hit you like a 750ml beer with 5% ABV, it felt more like 6 or 7%. I didn't have a hydrometer for this one, so I can't say for sure how much alcohol is actually in there! One suggestion I do have though, is to add a Muslin sack to this recipe as the peels tend to drift towards the spigot while bottling. Other than that, this is a great recipe and I will be brewing it again!
    Date published: 2017-09-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mack from Review of brewing Barley's Chocolate Orange Stout I tried brewing this and wound up unable to taste any hint of chocolate or orange, but plenty of stout. The vodka added, which the orange skins soaked in, must've added some alcoholic tint to the brew, since I was about to fall asleep while the football game was on tv New Years Day. Perhaps the amount of chocolate/orange skins which had soaked in vodka should have been increased in my case.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by Fporch from Undrinkable - Even After A Year I've successfully brewed many Mr. Beer reciepes, and this orange stout is my only failure. It tasted like medicine from the get go, so I let it bottle age almost a year, opening a bottle every few months. I finally had to dump the entire batch.
    Date published: 2019-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gimmeabeer from Turned out well Pleased with the complexity of the flavor. The chocolate blends well with the coffee undertones and the orange finish is nice. I used orange vodka in this recipe, I plan to use orange rum in the next batch.
    Date published: 2018-05-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Davz13 from Took a few months to taste how it should Really orangey; nice aroma. Started very tart, but after a few months it is tasty. Still some bitterness.
    Date published: 2019-08-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by JFK5513 from Disappointing Funky taste...even after 4 weeks. Smelled great...loads of orange...but tasted dank.
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by Jaxon from Chocolate Orange Not a favorite. Didn’t like this one. It was different, but not for me.
    Date published: 2021-04-11
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