Unhopped Dark Malt Extract – 1 can
Dark Dried Malt Extract – 2 lbs.
Malto-Dextrin – 8 oz.
Chocolate Grain Malt – 6 oz.
Hop Pellets – 1 oz.
Ale Yeast – 1 pack
Priming Sugar – 5 oz.
Optional: 1.5 oz. Pure Vanilla Extract
Starting Gravity: 1.043-1.045
Final Gravity: 1.012-1.014
Approx. Alch. by Vol.: 4.1%
- Remove the label from the can of malt extract, wash the can and place into a pot of hot water to soften the syrup.
- Place 1-1 1/2 gallons of water in the brewpot and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat off. Place chocolate grain malt in a seeping bag, and seep in the hot water for 20-30 minutes. Then remove and discard the spent grains, and bring water to a boil.
- Turn heat off. Stir the water with a long handled spoon while slowly pouring in the malt extract. Continue stirring while you add the dried malt extract, malto-dextrin and hops. Stir until dissolved, then bring water to a boil. Note: When it first boils, the mixture will foam. Reduce heat and foam will subside. Turn heat back on and repeat process until foaming stops. Boil for 20-30 minutes.
- Place 3 gallons of cold water into your fermenting bucket, and slowly add the hot mixture. Top off with cold water to 5 gallons.
- Allow the mixture (called wort) to cool to 90 degrees F.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the mixture. (Optional: Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then stir wort gently with 1 or 2 strokes of a long-handled spoon.
- Seal fermenting bucket, and allow wort to sit for 2 weeks before bottling.
- In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of water and the priming sugar. Mix until dissolved and bring water to a boil.
- Siphon beer from fermenting bucket to the bottling bucket. Slowly add the warm sugar mixture. As the bucket fills the mixture should mix thoroughly.
- Don’t allow the siphoning hose to pick up sediment from the bottom of the fermenting bucket, leave 2-3 inches from bottom of bucket.
- Optional: Add vanilla extract to bottling bucket, stir slowly and let sit for 10 minutes prior to bottling.
- Bottle beer using spigot and bottle filler from kit. Cap bottles.
- Store bottles in a cool place and allow to age for two weeks before drinking.