Crater Stout

Crater Stout - Archived is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
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This American style stout is an homage to Crater Lake National Forest in Oregon. Dark and rich, this stout is almost as deep as Crater Lake itself, which is the deepest lake in the United States. Bold roasted coffee and chocolate notes are balanced by the earthy and spicy notes of a Mt. Hood hop addition. A small amount of wheat in the Golden LME provided a thick, lasting head and silky mouthfeel.


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    What You Get

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

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

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Robust

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Packet of Mt. Hood Pellet Hops

    1 Packet of US-05

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Deschutes Obsidian Stout

    Sierra Nevada Stout

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.050

    Final Gravity: 1.012

    ABV: 5%

    SRM: (Color): 41

    IBU: (Bitterness): 42


    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.


    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 and BrewMax LME's in hot tap water. 

    2. Place the packet of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess

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

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and both BrewMax LME's and pour the contents into the hot
    mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called

    5. 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. 

    6. 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).

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

    8. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast 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 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 a 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 solutions 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 sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    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 4 out of 5 by DrMJG10 from A very solid stout I do enjoy a good stout every now and then. I also made this in no small part because Crater Lake in Oregon is my wife's favorite place. The is a very dark brew and a tad more bitter than my tongue was expecting, even with the higher IBU numbers. Good finish and a good complexity.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Barbeau from Smooth stout Spot on taste! I don't have togo to Deschutes Brewery anymore.
    Date published: 2020-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Kegger from Reward your patience with a fabulous stout! Winters where I live are cold, wet, grey and dreary. I wanted to make a winter brew for sipping by the fire that was dark and complex in flavor without being spicy or too sweet. This one sounded just right, and definitely was...after some time. I knew I would have to condition this one longer in my 55-degree garage, but I couldn't wait longer than 3 weeks before trying one. It was good, but had an unusual sweetness up-front. I enjoyed a few more too early, and regret it because after another week or so, the beer was so much better and the off-flavor was gone. If you give it time, this is an awesome brew! The head was a little lacking, but the flavor is rich, good mouth-feel, with coffee notes and a nice bitterness on the end. I've tried a few winter brews from the grocery store, and this ranks up there as my favorite! I'll be making more of this delicious brew next winter!
    Date published: 2021-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mt50 from Good Hearty Stout Easy recipe to make. I sampled at 14 days into fermentation and noted a slight “grassy” taste so left it 3 more days. Still had a little trace, but I bottled anyway. After a month conditioning, no off-taste at all. Very robust flavor, amazing dark, thick head, and similar taste to a German dark, I guess from the hops. A bit more bitter than St. Patrick’s alone, which is not a bad thing. Nice recipe.
    Date published: 2019-12-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous from Crater Stout While the beer is flavorful, it is very flat. Adding 2 carbonation drops per bottle evidently had no effect. There is no foam head on a poured glass of Crater Stout. 4. Would not recommend to a friend. 5. Located in Texas.
    Date published: 2020-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by dmar from Pretty Good So far, this one has been my best tasting brew. It's a bit light for a stout, but the hops give it a nice character.
    Date published: 2018-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom05 from Wow! Great taste! This brew was excellent. The flavor was more than I hoped for. Love this recipe.
    Date published: 2018-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Michigan brewer from My favorite Stout Great high quality stout with a wonderful hop flavor, buy it thank me later!
    Date published: 2021-01-28
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    At one time I thought I read from a brew master tip to add a shot of bourbon in the beer when bottling, is that correct?

    Asked by: Be tee
    You can do that if you would like to add that flavor to your beer. Don't forget to add your priming sugar as well.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-02-22
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