Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

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Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:08 pm

I normally like to stick to traditional ingredients when brewing kit or AG beers, but Mr Wales Ales kindly sent me a bottle of his 2016 Earl Grey Stout brew last year, and it was really tasty, and I vowed to make something similar one day.

Well that day has finally arrived, so this is my take on his brew...........

Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout- 21L

1.7kg Can of Coopers Stout
1kg of Dark Spraymalt
200g of Demerara Sugar
200g of Lactose (Milk Sugar)
42 x Twinings Earl Grey Tea Bags (2 x Bags/L) - Steeped in boiling water for 15mins
21 x Twinings Earl Grey Tea Bags (1 x Bag/L) - Dry Bagged on day 7
7g of Coopers Ale Yeast (rehydrated)
OG - 1.050 @21C
FG - 1.014
ABV - 4.80%

Nice and easy brew to put together, and the OG is a fair bit higher than expected, was thinking nearer 1.046. Does Earl Grey add gravity points??

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by WalesAles » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:16 pm

Looking good MB! :D
ELC kicked in again, so straight on Amazon to buy 80 Rooibos Earl Grey Tea Bags.
40 Vanilla Chai Tea Bags in cupboard. Brewday on Saturday.
Split Brew on Day 7, 40 Chai, 40 Earl Grey, Dry Hop.
Don`t you just Love it! #-o

WA

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:58 pm

Haha, you are such a sheep!

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Rhodesy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:22 pm

I quite fancy trying this! Looks very interesting.

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 pm

Rhodesy wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:22 pm
I quite fancy trying this! Looks very interesting.
I can't take any credit for it, WA has done all of the R&D.

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:24 pm

Research and Drinking that is!
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Rhodesy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:42 am

haha, I may slot this in soon as I was planning a stout in any case

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by WalesAles » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:53 pm

Tea Bags just arrived, off to Wilkos now for the Main ingredients.

WA

MrsAles `I thought you were painting the Kitchen Door and swapping the Bedrooms around today`.
Maybe tomorrow. Got to prioritise. :D

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:33 am

WalesAles wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Tea Bags just arrived, off to Wilkos now for the Main ingredients.

WA

MrsAles `I thought you were painting the Kitchen Door and swapping the Bedrooms around today`.
Maybe tomorrow. Got to prioritise. :D
Life is all about priorities, just trying to plan next weekend around an AG ESB brew :wink:

Going to check the gravity and taste of my stout later, as it's been fermenting for a week.

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:18 pm

Checked on this stout after lunch, and all signs of fermentation look to be over, but I will check back with my hydrometer again later this week to confirm this.

The current gravity is 1.016, which is higher than a normal Coopers Stout FG, but this was my plan, hence the use of Lactose.

The aroma from my sample jar was definitely Earl Grey and the taste was less dominant, but still there. The aftertaste was slightly dry, so I wonder if this is the tannins from the tea, or whether there is still yeast in suspension.

Due to this dry finish, I am playing it cautious and have scaled back my planned dry bagging to 21 tea bags (1 × bag/L).

WA - How long should I leave the dry bags in the FV, my instinct is 1-2days??

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by WalesAles » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:02 pm

Monkeybrew wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:18 pm

Due to this dry finish, I am playing it cautious and have scaled back my planned dry bagging to 21 tea bags (1 × bag/L).

WA - How long should I leave the dry bags in the FV, my instinct is 1-2days??
Cheers
MB
Oh Dear, Oh Dear! #-o
Monkey, You are such a Wuss! :D
Just chuck the Tea Bags in and hope for the `BEST`, you bloody big girl! :D :D

My Brew has just gone up in the `Poor People` section of JBK. (Kit Brewing).
I don`t want to Hi-jack your post.

Game on MB! :D :D

WA

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:35 pm

Checked the gravity again tonight and it's dropped a bit more to 1.014 (4.80%) and the dryness has gone from the taste and I'm left with quite a good fragrant aroma and taste, but the unmistakable Coopers Stout flavour is still there in the background.

Now to keg and bottle this at the weekend.

:D

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by WalesAles » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:26 pm

Monkey,
Any update on this Brew? #-o
I hear that you are not too fussed on it.

WA

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:51 am

WalesAles wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:26 pm
Monkey,
Any update on this Brew? #-o
I hear that you are not too fussed on it.

WA

Sent from my 6 seater corner sofa.

It has improved slightly in the keg since last week.

The Earl Grey flavour is still a bit overpowering for my liking at the moment though :|

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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Re: Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout

Post by Monkeybrew » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:25 am

Little Update -

The Earl Grey flavour is gradually mellowing a bit more now, and I'm starting to get more of a balance between the stout flavour and the tea now :D

Cheers

MB
Planning: AG#26 - Generations ESB

FV:

On Tap:
Coopers Earl Grey Milk Stout - 4.8%

Drinking (bottles):
AG#23 - 19th Century Porter- 5.9%

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