I've been enjoying adding extra ingredients to my homebrew.
I have used, coffee, strawberry, cacao nib, vanilla, cinnamon and crisps. (!?)
I brewed a stout with one of my favourite Misc ingredient, coconut.
I'm not actually the first one to try coconut in the beer. There are some commercial example out there.
Maui Brewing Coconut Porter from Hawaii is a popular one and 2009 NZ national homebrew competirion (NHC) winning beer was coconut porter, too.
I tried the NHC 09' winning homebrew - brewed commercially at Hallertau in Auckland and fell in love with the beer for couple weeks. (Yes, only few weeks. I like mine better now)
My opinion was that the beer was too sweet and I applied to dry stout for the first time last year. It worked quite well. I modified the recipe and brewed again couple months ago and gave some of them to my friends.
Coconut Rough Stout tasting 1
Coconut Rough Stout tasting 2
The beer was getting some good compliments, but Greig picked up "green apple" in the beer, which is a fault and it is due to the stressed yeast. I remember that I pitched the dry yeast straight into the fermenter without hydrating them nor making the starter. Greig said that using the dry yeast without hydrating them kills the half of the yeast I pitch.
The failure of the brew apart from the one Greig picked is that the beer was 'wet' and 'sweet'. I was supposed to make it dry, but the beer came out as coconut caramel cream beer. Right. It is not what I aimed and it is far way from what I brewed last year. The reason I can think of is that I left the coconut in the fermenter too long.
I was supposed to bottle after a week I threw the toasted coconut in, but I was way too busy with my work and other stuff. (excuse? yes it is.)
Here is the recipe for the beer (20L batch)
3.00 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter
1.00 kg Barley, Flaked
0.45 kg Black Barley
0.25 kg Oats, Flaked
20.00 g Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min
20.00 g Target [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min
50.00 g cacao nibs (Boil 10.0 mins) Flavor 7 -
200.00g dry coconut meat (Boil 10.0min)
200.00g dry coconut meat (dry hop 7 days)
Add oat to the recipe this time to give the some texture, but I think it wasn't a good idea
Probably roasted barley could be added to gain the 'dry' impression when its consumed.
I should have kept the grain recipe more simple.