I understand that this kit is for all-grain brewers and requires specialized equipment to brew. Instructions and BeerSmith files are available to help determine strike and sparge volumes and temperatures. It is up to the brewer to determine if this kit is appropriate for their equipment and techniques.
This is one of my personal favorites, with its Marris Otter base it is deliciously rich and creamy with hints of chocolate and cherries; it's like drinking down a black forest cake! This beer won second place for me at the second annual Gahan Homebrew Competition.
This kits gives you all the ingredients you need (malt, hops and yeast) with the exception of cocoa powder (250g) and dark cherries (1.2kg; fresh or frozen) which you will need to supply.
All malts for this kit come milled and are supplied mixed in one bag. Grains are not milled until the kit has been purchased. Milled grains will last for up to one year provided they are kept sealed in the bag they come in. If you are not brewing right away please put the hops in the freezer and the yeast in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Quantity of malt - 7.6kg
Color - 38 SRM
IBU's - 37
ABV - 6.8% (70% mash efficiency and 21L final volume)
Yeast - Fermentis S-04
To add this recipe to your BeerSmith, simply click the download button below and open the file with your BeerSmith program. Alternatively, save the file, open your BeerSmith application, click on "File" menu (top left), select "Open File" and navigate to the downloaded file. Once open you can customize this recipe to your equipment.