Chocolate Milk Stout


  • Safale S-04

Specialty Grain:

  • .25lb English Extra dark Crystal
  • .75lb Fawcett Pale Chocolate Malt


  • 6 lbs Dark malt syrup (60 min)
  • 1 lb Lactose (60 min)


  • 1 oz Cluster (60 min) 7.2% AAU
  • .5 oz Cluster (30 min) 7.2% AAU
  • 4 oz Cacao Nibs (add to secondary)


  • Target O.G: 1.051
  • Initial O.G:  1.070 @ 72 degrees
  • After 1.5 weeks:  1.020 @ 74 degrees
  • Racked to 2nd-ary.  Added Cacao Nibs


My First Beer Label

And my realization that I SUCK at photoshop….

I decided to call my latest batch of homebrew Rosie IPA (in honor of the Puppy’s first christmas) and I had an idea for a label in mind.  After stumbling and bumbling through the wealth of photoshop tutorials I realized that I SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP.  Actually, let me clarify, I suck and graphic designing in Photoshop.  I can rock Bridge + Camera Raw for photo editing, but when it comes to graphics and text and layouts and layers I SUCK.  It took me an hour to figure out how to draw a rectangle that fit across the top third of the canvas!!

Anyway, I stumbled through it and I’m actually pretty happy with the result:

The crazy thing is that I think I can do all of this even easier in the simplified editor that comes with Snagit!

Chili, Baking and Homebrew

Today was a wonderful saturday.  The weather was gorgeous, I didn’t have any commitments, I had a batch of beer to brew, AND, to top things off, Jason came over with all the ingredients for homemade chili.  He had a hankering and I wasn’t going to let an offer like this pass me by.

As I worked on brewing my Chinook IPA, Jason made up some fantastic chili.  Then Jen got home and decided to whip up some Tastefully Simple Beer Bread.


Chinook IPA

Aiming for:

Hoppy American IPA.  Kit link


Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast. Dry. 11.5g. Rehydrated.

Speciality Grains:

.75 lbs Belgian Caramel Pils
.25 lbs Briess Caramel 120


6 lbs Pilsen malt syrup Liquid
1 lb. Pilsen malt extract dry


1 oz. Chinook 60 minutes 11.2% AAU
.5 oz. Chinook 10 minutes 11.2% AAU
.5 oz. Chinook 1 minute 11.2% AAU
1 oz. Chinook Dry Hop 11.2% AAU

Calculated IBUs:  38 IBUs (via calculator)

OG: 1.070 @ 70 Degrees

Brew Day Pics (11/12/2011):






Racked to Secondary (11/22/2011):

FG: 1.018

Bottled on 12/3/2011: