Coffee's for Closers

by Connor Creighton November 01, 2017 6 min read

Coffee's for Closers

Beer of the Month Program

November – Coffee’s for Closers – $26.99

One of the best parts about making beer (aside from drinking it) is the social aspect. Brewers love to swap recipes, discuss what well or horribly wrong in their brews. We thought it would be a fun idea to start a beer conversation here. We’re going to make a beer every month here and encourage other brewers to make it as well. In the end, we’re hoping we can share our opinions and experiences with the recipe and crowd-source some improvements. The recipes will be easy to make and we will gladly assist new home brewers in the production of these beers. They will all be 5.5 gallons in size. We find that after fermenting and racking a 5.5 gallon batch turns into a standard 5 gallon batch pretty quickly.

At the start of every month we will post the recipe in store, as well as on our websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter. We will also have a set price for the recipe that will include a discount of up to 25%!

Coffee’s for Closers

Coffee Stout – 5.5 Gal – OG 1.061 – FG 1.018 – ABV 5.6% – IBU 48 – SRM 33

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Oh boy, we have been sitting on this recipe for sometime. Waiting for the perfect moment to release this. This is a full bodied, malty, powerful stout. The kicker is that we have taken a good stout and raised it up a few notches with 6 shot of espresso.

What’s with the Name?

If you have never seen the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, then stop reading this and go watch it! OR, watch the Youtube scene below that our beer is referencing. Please note, this scene is NSFW to the max, lots and lots of adult and uncomfortable language.

That is one hell of a scene! The rest of the movie is great too and we definitely recommend watching it. After watching that, how could you not want to make that beer? Do we have your attention?

Ingredients (Purchase these ingredients here)

Grains
  • Maris Otter x 8.5lbs
  • Flaked Oats x 1lb
  • Crystal Medium x 1lb
  • Coffee (Brown) Malt x 0.75lb
  • Chocolate Malt x 0.4lb
Hops
  • Magnum (12% Alpha Acid) – 1oz @ 60 minutes
  • Crystal (4% A.A.) – 1oz @ 20 minutes
  • Crystal (4% A.A.) – 1oz @ 5 minutes
Yeast
  • US-05 (11.5g)
Extras
  • ESPRESSO – 6 ounces, or a pot of dark roast coffee
  • Irish Moss (1 tsp for last 15 minutes of boil)
  • Dry Malt Extract (150-170g for priming at bottling)

Instructions

We’re going to be producing this beer with the Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) method. We believe it is an easy, and cost effective way to make great all grain beer. These instructions are also catered to novice brewers. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Mashing -> converting the grain into a fermentable liquid.

  • Bring 6 gallons of water in your brew pot to 155°F. This is our strike temperature. Turn off the heat to the pot.
  • Wrap the muslin/nylon bag around the brew pot and slowly pour all the milled grains into the bag. Stir them in while adding to prevent clumps. The addition of grain should drop the temperature down to 150-155°F.
  • We want to mash the grain at 154°F for 60 minutes. It is very important to hold the temperature at 154°F. If the temperature rises above 155°F it hurts the fermentation, or if it dips below 149°F it can lead to a thinner tasting beer.
    1. The first 15-30 minutes are essential for the success of your brew. The temperature HAS TO BE IN THE RANGE OF 150-155°F. Sometimes adding the grain to the strike water does not lower the temperature enough, in this case add a little bit of cold water to bring the temperature down. Cover the pot with your lid and let it sit.
    2. Most brew pots will be able to maintain 154°F without adding heat for 20 minutes, we recommend checking the temperature every 15 minutes, and if it drops add more heat to bring it up. We recommend opening the lid and using a thermometer in the liquid.
  • After 60 minutes, bring the temperature of the mashing grain up to 170°F and hold for 10 minutes. This is our mash out.
  • Time to remove the grain. Lift the bag full of grain out of the brew pot. Let the liquid in the bag dribble into your wort. Once that is done, put the bag inside of a brewing pail, or another empty pot. There will be about 4 gallons of wort in the brewpot, we need to get it to 6 gallons before we can begin the next stage.
  • Run warm water through the grains in the bag, aim for 170°f – let it run through the grains and add to the brewpot. Add until you reach 6 gallons.
    1. PSA: It is natural to think that the grains need to be squeezed to get all of the liquid out of them, DO NOT DO THIS. Aggressively squeezing the grains will lead to tannin extraction and a doughy taste in your beer. Lightly pressing the bag is fine, but do not try to squeeze every last drop out.

Boiling -> Hop addition time

  • Bring 6 gallons of your wort to a rolling boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes, this is called the hot break.
  • Add 1oz of Magnum hops and set a timer for 60 minutes, keep the wort boiling (212°f) and uncovered.
  • With 20 minutes left in the boil, add 1oz of Crystal hops
  • With 15 minutes left in the timer add the Irish Moss, and if you’re using a wort chiller add that too.
  • With 5 minutes left in the timer, add 1oz of Crystal hops.
  • When your timer goes off, turn off the heat, and proceed to the cooling stage.
  • Now it’s time to cool the beer down to 75°f (20-25°c) as quickly as possible.
    1. We love using a wort chiller for this, it can get the beer down to temperature in 20-30 minutes. Otherwise, you can immerse the brew pot in an ice bath or wait it out. The longer it takes, the greater the risk of infection

Fermentation -> Turning the wort into beer

  • After the boil is done it is time to be extra careful in regard to sanitation. We recommend using a no-rinse sanitizer called Starsan. Mix ¼ tsp of it with water in a 500ml spray bottle. Before we touch any part of the beer we spray it with Starsan.
  • Transfer the cooled wort into your fermenting pail or carboy. Run it though a strainer to catch any hop or grain residue.
    1. It is also an important time to take a hydrometer reading. It should be around 1.061 give or take a few points.
  • Your choice of fermentation vessel is important. During primary fermentation, it will bubble up quite a bit, you want to be sure there is airspace for it to work away. Otherwise the pressure of it will push out the airlock.
  • Make sure the wort has been cooled to at least 25c!!! Adding yeast at a higher temperature will likely kill it.
  • Once the beer is in the fermenter, pour in the 11.5g sachet of US-05 yeast
  • Put the bung and airlock in the hole (make sure there is water filled up to the line in the airlock). If using a pail, make sure the lid is sealed tight. Put the pail in a room that is in the range of 18-22°c.
  • Coffee Addition: Three days into fermentation, it is time to add the coffee. Add 6oz of freshly brewed espresso to the fermenter. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can make a strong pot of coffee and add that – or better yet visit your local coffee shop and get the espresso from them!
    1. Don’t want to use espresso or coffee? No problem, the stout is very tasty without the coffee too.
  • After 10 days have passed, take a hydrometer reading. It should be somewhere between 1.012-1.018.
  • Lately, we have been of the opinion that secondary is an unnecessary step. Unless you are kegging, we recommend proceeding to the bottling stage. Clarification can occur in the bottle rather than in a carboy, and the risk of oxidization is greatly reduced.

Bottling -> We’re getting close to Beer Time now.

  • Rack the now fermented beer into a bucket.
  • At the same time, mix the priming sugar with 300ml of boiling water and add to the beer. Stir it in VERY gently.
    1. Make sure to check out a priming calculator to verify the correct amount of sugar. Too much sugar and your beer will end up foamy, or even start blowing the caps off! Too little and the beer won’t be fully carbonated.
  • Rack the beer into your bottles or growlers. Then, let them sit for 2-3 weeks at room temperature. Chill and enjoy!

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