Horseradish Stout – Homebrew Batch #14

I have been starting to drink my Horseradish Experiment, which I brewed earlier using a saison base.  I will write a full “beer diaries” post on it at some point, but needless to say that it’s not quite as binary as I’d expected – it’s not my favorite beer ever, and it’s not outright disgusting.

I somehow got it in my head that perhaps a stout base would better serve the strange root that is horseradish, so, I decided to brew up a 1 gallon batch.  My recipe, as always, is uploaded to Hopville.

Mash: 60 minutes at 154 degrees:

1.75 lbs American 2 row pale malt (Rahr)

0.25 lbs roasted barley

0.25 lbs Crystal 60 malt

0.125 lbs Chocolate malt

Hops:

0.1 oz Challenger as boil begins

0.1 oz challenger after 30 minutes

0.1 oz Styrian Goldings after 59 minutes

I took a big piece of horseradish – 4 1/2 inches – bigger than I used in my previous effort, due to the darker, fuller bodied base. I peeled it an diced it, and added it in small handfuls over the last 10 minutes or so of the boil.  I figured maybe this would give me more variation in the subtleties of the horseradish that get absorbed.  Who friggin’ knows-  that’s the beauty of 1 gallon batches!

I did have some second thoughts as I pulled the mash out of my insulating cooler – thinking that maybe the bitter horseradish flavor wouldn’t go well at all with the rich coffee-esque stout hues, but we’ll see.

I used Safbrew T-58 yeast, left all of the horseradish in the fermenter, and will bottle in 3 weeks – using maple syrup as priming sugar, of course.

Original gravity was 1.052, and the ingredients for this batch cost less than $7, including the horseradish – although I used some leftover yeast that I had in the fridge.

-KD

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