Molasses in an Imperial Stout?

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sylvia40
beers 6 º 18:48 Fri 1/15/2016

Thought I’d post this on the home brew site where it belongs...

I’m considering adding 1 lb of molasses to a 5 gallon batch (22 lb grain bill). I’ve never used molasses before and was wondering if this might be a bit over the top. I like molasses flavor and licorice too, but don’t know what to expect. Hoping to wind up with something akin to a Bell’s Expedition Stout. S.G. is estimated to come in around 1.109 by my Beersmith software. Also using WLP 028 since it seemed to be a malt forward yeast strain.

Advice, anyone?

 
ekstedt
beers 7870 º places 348 º 02:52 Sat 1/16/2016

I think it is a good amount which will give you a gentle molasses character. I’ve used that amount of molasses sugar myself several times.

 
HornyDevil
06:00 Sat 1/16/2016

Originally posted by ekstedt
I think it is a good amount which will give you a gentle molasses character. I’ve used that amount of molasses sugar myself several times.


Agreed.

 
skinnyguy
10:37 Sat 1/16/2016

Originally posted by HornyDevil
Originally posted by ekstedt
I think it is a good amount which will give you a gentle molasses character. I’ve used that amount of molasses sugar myself several times.


Agreed.


Agreed, 1 lb is a good amount. Depending on the rest of the fermentables and type of molasses you might taste it too strongly. With blackstrap, go lighter unless your grain bill is huge or you have other flavors to help soften it. If using lighter molasses, 1lb should be no problem.

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