16 Ton Stout

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

16tonAfter the success of the last stout, I decided to brew up enough to keg for my upcoming nuptials. I even added a few more adjuncts – bringing the total amount of “grains” to lucky number 13. The brew includes barely, wheat, oats, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, rice, corn, flax, sesame, sunflower and hazelnuts. I also added a pound of Kiln Coffee Malt, which drew my attention at Stienbarts.

Malted Grains:

For 10 gallons.

  • 15 lb – 2-row
  • 1 lb – Barely, Roasted
  • 1 lb – Chocolate Malt
  • 1 lb – Caramel/Crystal Malt (80L)
  • 1 lb – Kiln Coffee Malt (Yum!)

photoUnmalted “Grains”

Yes I know some of these are technically seeds.

  • 2 lb – Oats
  • 1 lb – Wheat
  • 1 lb – Amaranth
  • 1 lb – Millet
  • 1 lb – Buckwheat
  • 1 lb – Rice (Sushi Grade)
  • 0.5 lb – Quinoa (it’s expensive!)
  • 0.5 lb – Corn (popped!)
  • 0.5 lb – Flax Seed
  • 2 cups – Sesame Seeds
  • 2 cups -Sunflower Seed
  • 2 cups – Hazelnuts


  • 1 oz Chinook for 50 min
  • 1 oz Chinook for 15 min


It was recommended that I add the adjunct grains to the strike water while heating it. The extra cooking time would help to free some of the starches for better conversion. So, I added the heaping bowl to the 4 gallons – unfortunately, the whole thing turned into a giant mess of portage (though, it smelled really good).

I dumped this mess on top of the cracked grain, heated 4 more gallons to 170 and mixed everything together. After an hour, I released the vorlauf and out came a thick, creamy concoction as black as midnight. I swear to you that it tasted just like chocolate sauce!

Unfortunately, the stream quickly minimized to a trickle. The adjuncts had completely gummed it up. I tried clearing it and even went so far at to separated it into another lauter tun, but in the end just had to wait several hours to sparge the required 11 gallons…

After that, everything else went very well. OG: 1.060

Note for next time: ADD RICE HULLS!

7 Responses to “16 Ton Stout”

  1. gabriel Says:

    Racked this beer in to a keg last night.The beer was in 2 carboys (same wort and yeast in each) – strangely, the beer from each tasted slightly different. The smaller carboy was distinctly dryer then the large…

    However, both taste great.
    FG was just under 1.020.

  2. Andy Says:

    Regarding the seeds – was that simply for flavor? It seems a hard fought battle to get anything fermentable out of a sesame, flax, or sunflower seed. Did you have any problems with extracting oils from the seeds? They can kill head retention, and if it sticks to your equipment, can kill head retention for several batches. Still, a very curious concoction. Hope it turned out well.

  3. gabrielm Says:

    Turned out very, very well. Yes, the seeds were for flavor and actually recommended by a friend who does gluten free (gf) beers.

    Now that you mention it, the gf beers rarely have any head – that makes sense now. As for the 16ton, head retention was not a problem. We strained the wort through cheese cloth to remove residual oils after mashing.

    However, the lauter tun will need to be thoroughly cleaned before the next batch.

  4. gabrielm Says:

    Made two batches of ice cream this weekend using this recipe and my homemade 16 Ton Stout. After the first, I realized that the heath addition wasn’t even needed. The stout alone produces an incredible toffee flavor.

    Even my mother (who normally hates beer) loved the unique flavor.

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