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Just learned that my amazing girlfriend (getting married in October) bought me the delux Irish stout refill for my upcoming birthday. I guess my question is does it compare to guiness with regards to carbonation and mouth-feel? That is the stout I started on and it holds a dear place in my heart.

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Oh that's right, can't believe I spaced that common fact. Anything you could point me toward ?something familiar as the Irish stout. I've tried most of the more common stouts available.

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Shameless Stout is, stats-wise, really close to Guinness Extra Stout.

 

I think if you use honey instead of booster, you will get a better "dry" mouthfeel.

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I have it in bottles and should be able to drink it in about a week.  I will give you an update, however without trying it and knowing it's my second beer I tell people it's going to be like Guinness but remember they have been making beer for over 100 years soooo don't expect that.   From the flat taste it tastes like a stout, not as creamy or thick as Guinness but it did taste pretty good. 

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The reality is you're not going to nail any commercial brew with a Mr. Beer refill.  The Irish Stout is of course the closest to Guinness.  The recipe adds booster and LME, raising the ABV.  S-04 is a British ale yeast.  I use it on my Oatmeal Stout.  

 

To the point above, it won't be "creamy" or "thick" or have the Guinness bubbles.  It will be a good Irish Stout.

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Is "booster" readily available in most home brew stores? Or would it be called something else? I know I can get S-04 yeast there. Thanks for all the help and excellent input everyone.

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Yes. booster equivalent is sold as Corn Sugar or Dextrose. You can use table sugar but the fermentable % will be different.

http://store.homebrewheaven.com/beer-additives--adjuncts-c9.aspx

 

Re Nitro. I have had some beers I made that had the same mouth feel, but I do not remember which. I will try to make note next time. They were not the basic recipes. They were heavily carbonated. The carbonation lasted through 1/2 NFL game.

I will try to remember to post what it is when I get same feel again

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You can sub in a Robust LME or 2 instead of booster to get same ABV but a thicker, fuller taste.  Additionally, you can double the yeast pitch and increase you prime amount by 25% to increase your carbonation.

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Yes. booster equivalent is sold as Corn Sugar or Dextrose. You can use table sugar but the fermentable % will be different.

Actually, our Booster is a mix of dextrose (for ABV) and maltodextrin (for body).

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Just learned that my amazing girlfriend (getting married in October) bought me the delux Irish stout refill for my upcoming birthday. I guess my question is does it compare to guiness with regards to carbonation and mouth-feel? That is the stout I started on and it holds a dear place in my heart.

 

For my inexperienced mouth, the Deluxe Irish Stout is close enough to Guinness.

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For my inexperienced mouth, the Deluxe Irish Stout is close enough to Guinness.

sounds dirty...

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Watch it now. There could be children reading this forum. There shouldnt be, but you never know.

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I will be bottling my Irish Stout this weekend. So in the next couple of days, I will be scrubbing some bottles and caps and getting ready to endure the next four weeks. Since I have three beers coming due at the same time and I only have one extra LBK, I have to figure which of the three I'll batch prime. I hate to bottle one, clean the LBK, sanitize everything and then do it again. I was thinking of batch priming the Irish Stout and bottle priming the Leggy Blond and Heavy McWee. What do you think? Or should I just put in the extra work and batch prime all three?

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If you are only using the spare LBK to batch prime and then bottle, it really shouldn't take that long to clean  it in between batches.  I would do my final sanitize on a batch of bottles and then clean the LBK while they are drying.

 

One thing about brewing, if you don't like to do dishes, you won't like brewing.

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Rinse it out good right away, sanitize, and do the next batch.

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Rinse it out good right away, sanitize, and do the next batch.

Much less involved than I thought it would be! Thanks guys, I appreciate all the help.

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In fact, you can if your brews aren't strange, you could start from light and move to dark and not even do the rinse / sanitize, but then if one of them had an infection you'd run the risk of spreading it.

 

I do two 2.5 gallon LBKs through my 2.5 gallon slimline each bottling time - but they are the same beer.  I don't do anything between batches except rinse the transfer hose (because I have no where to put it), and plop it back in the StarSan bucket.  I don't rinse out the slimline unless it's a different beer.

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If you used honey instead of booster, how much honey would you add for a 2 gallon batch?

What is your goal in adding honey?

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What is your goal in adding honey?

 

Shameless Stout is, stats-wise, really close to Guinness Extra Stout.

 

I think if you use honey instead of booster, you will get a better "dry" mouthfeel.

 

I was just curious as to what the recommended quantity of honey would be if you used it instead of booster in the Shameless Stout recipe.

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You should not be adding more than 1/2 lb of honey (2/3 cup) to an LBK batch.  Honey dries the beer out, and also raises ABV.  It does NOT, repeat NOT, add honey flavor.  Steeping honey malt, when you start steeping grains, will impart a sweet flavor.  

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You should not be adding more than 1/2 lb of honey (2/3 cup) to an LBK batch.  Honey dries the beer out, and also raises ABV.  It does NOT, repeat NOT, add honey flavor.  Steeping honey malt, when you start steeping grains, will impart a sweet flavor.  

 

OK, thanks.  Guinness Extra Stout is one of my favorites so I might try this recipe at some point.

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