Homebrew Chocolate-Chili Stout

The “Beaver Avenue Brewer’s Guild” (BABG) brewed this beer on January 10. I did some work on v1.0 of the recipe, I attached the recipe below.

I’m affectionately calling it Poseidon’s Wrath, a name first suggested as a taunt related to the snow this morning by Nikki.

Anyway, the beer went great. I believe made some adjustments based on using baker’s chocolate (decrease the hops because this adds bitterness), switched to a tsp. of cayenne pepper instead of Ancho and Serrano, and he planning on extracting vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon sticks for the secondary. All said, the brewday went extremely well and I think this recipe is going to work out great.

Poseidon’s Wrath Imperial Stout

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 90 min 47.6 IBUs 38.1 SRM 1.085 1.017 9.0 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 11.906 lbs 69.06
Munich Malt - 20L 1.706 lbs 9.89
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1.19 lbs 6.9
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 1.19 lbs 6.9
Chocolate Malt 1 lbs 5.8
Black (Patent) Malt 4 oz 1.45

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Goldings, East Kent 1.81 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 5
Willamette 1.16 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Willamette 1.16 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Goldings, East Kent 0.4 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 5
Willamette 0.4 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 5.5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Irish Moss 0.50 tsp 10 min Boil Fining

Notes

Add .5 lb cocoa nibs

Add 1 ounce of Ancho Chile at 0 min

Add 1 ounce of Serrano Chile at 0 min

NKADD Chili Cook Off

A close up of my chili.

I’m not sure if I like this whole header image thing. This might be a one time thing.

Today is the NKADD’s Super Bowl Chili cook off. I expected fewer participants. As of 10:00a (the last time I updated this post) I saw at least 14 other chili competitors.

my chili
My entry into the cook off.

I love making chili in winter, especially during cold weather like we’re experiencing now. (Cold weather, not polar vortex, just cold). I make three kinds of ‘chili,’ Cincinnati/greek style, six bean, and winter warmer. Today I made my winter warmer chili. Its based on a heavily modified version of a recipe I found on PBS. Doubling the turkey and spices, adding tomato paste and another type of beans are among the changes I make. I also have a few secret additions that, I think, give my chili a bit more flavor depth. It’s definitely a hot chili since I switch out the recommended peppers for cayenne.

The six bean chilis is a modified version of a knock-off Wendy’s Chili recipe. I add extra varieties of beans to give it more mass on the cheap (feeds more people that way). I also tend to skip the celery, I’m not a big fan of how it tastes and I don’t think it adds much to the chili.

Some of the competition.
Some of the competition.

Cincinnati or greek-style chili is the chili of my people. I’m Greek on my mother’s side, and I grew up eating Cincinnati style chili without really knowing that it was really popular here. As fate would have it, I moved to Cincinnati the place where the most popular foods remind me of home. My own Greek chili recipe is all in my head and has few measurements. I will not even try to recreate it here as its more a system of spice-and-taste with a few key ingredients that any skyline recipe is going to have. One thing I do want to mention though, putting your onions into a food processor and slow cooking them until the essentially dissolve adds nice flavor to a greek style chili without scaring off folks that are adverse to onions.

In case you’re interested, here is my current chili recipe (though I’ll be making more changes to it soon!)

I think I remember you saying you liked my chili, in case you were interested here’s a copy of my recipe:

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