Foreign Extra Stout Brewday

As promised yesterday here are some pictures from my brewday yesterday (recipe provided at the end of the post):

Between other commitments and spring break this was the first chance I have had to brew in a couple of weeks. It was also my first time using washed yeast and a starter. I was a bit nervous, but fortunately here I am little over a day later with the beginnings of some beautiful kräusen forming. One of the most famous (if not most famous) stouts in the world has to be Guinness. The inspiration for this beer was from my study abroad in Ireland. While in Dublin me and some friends went to the brewery at St. James Gate and while there I got to have a glass of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and loved it. Unfortunately, it is not available here in the States and as a whole the style is not very popular, in fact I am not sure I have found any Foreign Extra Stouts since my return which is a real shame. In my opinion the Foreign Extra Stout is a wonderful bridge between the Dry Stouts of Ireland and the rich powerful Russian Imperial Stouts. A nice balance of roasty and bitter with a touch of classic fruit British yeast character. I can’t wait till this is ready.

Cheers! Prost! Sláinte!

Recipe (Provided by BeerSmith):

Foreign Extra Stout
Foreign Extra Stout
Type: All Grain Date: 3/13/2010
Batch Size: 3.00 gal Brewer: Ryan Murphy
Boil Size: 3.75 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Stove Top
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00
Taste Notes:
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 76.92 %
0.50 lb Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 7.69 %
0.50 lb Black Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM) Grain 7.69 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 7.69 %
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 25.8 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 15.6 IBU
1 Pkgs Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007) [Starter 1000 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.063 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.054 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.24 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.39 %
Bitterness: 41.4 IBU Calories: 235 cal/pint
Est Color: 34.8 SRM
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