I just bottled a new batch. My kitchen smells of chocolate and peanut butter. I got 14 bombers, and 18 regular bottles out of this batch. So let’s take it back a bit….
A few years ago, I got the Chocolate Covered BEAVR Nuts kit. Let me just say, I loved it. Everybody loved the name (wasn’t mine), but enjoyed the beer even more (minus the people who had nut allergies who stayed away). I kept saying I needed to do another batch. So, I locally sourced some of the ingredients at a bulk spice place nearby. Then I got a basic stout kit and did some magic. Did I change and veer away from the BEAVR Nuts? Yes. I added more peanut butter powder. I used a mass amount of Royal Dutch Chocolate powder. I used the cacao nibs. End result? Super chocolaty.
Where would I go from here? Up the abv! Get some more stuff in there to make a Super Choconutty Stout. Here are the stats for this one:
Things I learned from this batch:
- I love the Big Mouth Bubbler I got for Christmas. Cleanup was a breeze. Adding things in was so much easier not using a funnel, or just trying to get it through the small neck.
- Next time I would be sure there was MUCH more wort. I lost a lot of beer due to the sediment at the bottom. I wanted to keep it as clear as possible.
- I need more bomber bottles. It is so nice to use those, and it makes it easier to share some beer.
- I may need a new bottling wand. My current one seemed to stick a bit, and made for some nasty clean-up spots.