Dark Forest Stout - ARCHIVED

Dark Forest Stout - ARCHIVED is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8.
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Plunge into the dark forest of flavor that is this stout. Hints of raspberry and cocoa give this roasty stout a wonderful complexity that all are sure to enjoy. This is about as close as most would want to get to a dark forest and the mysteries within.

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PROFILE:

Plunge into the dark forest of flavor that is this stout. Hints of raspberry and cocoa give this roasty stout a wonderful complexity that all are sure to enjoy. This is about as close as most would want to get to a dark forest and the mysteries within.

FOR FANS OF:

Raspberry Stout - Hardywood Brewing
Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout - Schlafly Brewing

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can St. Patrick's Irish Stout Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME SoftPack - Smooth
  • 1 Can Red Raspberries in Heavy Syrup
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa

WARNING: Due to the large amount of fruit, your keg may overflow or explode! Maintaining proper fermentation temperatures is key to preventing this problem. (See brewing instructions for details).

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.044 (approx.) -- FG: 1.011 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.5%
  • SRM (Color): 40+
  • IBU (Bitterness): 50
  • BJCP Style: 29. Fruit Beer - 29A. Fruit Beer

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew&shying Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

Click here for printable instructions.

Dark Forest Stout Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Can St. Patrick's Irish Stout Brewing Extract
  • 1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of Brewing Extract)
  • 1 BrewMax LME SoftPack - Smooth
  • 1 Can Red Raspberries in Heavy Syrup
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa

WARNING: Due to the large amount of fruit, your keg may overflow or explode! Maintaining proper fermentation temperatures is key to preventing this problem. (See brewing instructions for details).

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.044 (approx.) -- FG: 1.011 (approx.)
  • Suggested conditioning time is 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Flavor: Hoppy
  • ABV (alc/vol): 4.5%
  • SRM (Color): 40+
  • IBU (Bitterness): 50
  • BJCP Style: 29. Fruit Beer - 29A. Fruit Beer

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew&shying Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 4 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case a hopped malt 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. In your sanitized blender, purée the fruit with the syrup, and set aside to add later.
      2. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and LME softpack in hot tap water.
      3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add the cocoa powder, stir to mix well and cover for 5 minutes. 
      4. After 5 minutes, open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME, and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
      5. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
      6. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Add in the fruit purée. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
      7. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir. 
      8. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 75° F (18.3°-23.8° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
      9. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Rated 4 out of 5 by Alex from Surprisingly good I've done 10 Mr. Beer recipes now, and this one was the trickiest. I learned from my mistakes on the Blue Patriot. After I was done brewing, I racked from one LBK into another LBK before I bottled. I did this with a tube into the second LBK and filtered through a nylon filter-strain bag to keep all the seeds and fruit parts out of the bottles. I didn't do this for my blueberry beer mentioned above and it turned out undrinkable. The filter process is a bit of a pain, but it's worth it. The beer turned out wonderful. It tasted more like a straight-up stout, but with hints of chocolate and raspberry.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by quikdrw63 from Best brew to date! I made a slight change, I used cherries instead of raspberries. I bought the same Oregon brand cherries in syrup and followed the recipe. Drinking some right now as I write this review. The chocolate flavor comes through more than the cherry. I can smell the cherry but its not that prominent in the flavor. Poured a dark black color slight head and a little lacing on the glass. I will age the rest a few more weeks. Definitely a winner.
Date published: 2015-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rick2 from Nice beer Decided to give this NE a try as a change of pace. After three weeks fermenting and another six weeks conditioning took my first taste. This is one good brew. Definitely one I will brew again. Wife likes it, that's a big plus. Two thumbs up on this one
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pantooka from I love this stout! It took some time to condition, but it was well worth the wait. At about 10 weeks since bottling, the raspberry is no longer the strong feature...more a part of a wonderfully complex blend of tastes. The chocolate is very noticeable. I plan to make this one regularly!
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by Picoc57 from A lovely stout! I must say I was really surprised at this stout, the color and feel are very good. I am not a fan of stouts in general, but this I will brew again. The color was very beautiful, a very dark reddish brown. Once again this stout will only improve with longer conditioning time. The head retention was exceptional, as is the lacing.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by StauHausBrew from Dark, yet enlightening! Dark Forest stout is one of my favorites and combines luscious malty darkness with a nice raspberry finish. This one also cellars quite well, so even if it takes you over a year to find your way through the forest, you will still enjoy this stout!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by Vanessa from Not as good as it sounds The rasberry gives it a tangy finish. Not a fan. Sounded a lot better than it was.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by Big Jer from A good dark beer I always let my brew set in the container for 2 weeks and then in the bottles for 2 weeks. I added the can of raspberries to this batch. Finished product is excellent.
Date published: 2016-03-08
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