Target: A drinkable Amber Ale with chocolate and fruit flavors, to make people go “hmmm…”, being not certain if they liked it.
Basis: Brewers Best American Amber kit. Steeped grains at 163, 20 min, drained for 10. Back to a boil, added DME and LME, and 1/2 of kit’s bittering hops, back to a boil. 6 oz of Nestle’s cocoa powder (started with 4 and decided wth) at 45 min into boil, 1/2 oz of Willamette hops at 55 min. Cooled some, transferred to bucket, cooled some more. Rehydrated yeast and 1 chopped, mashed mango to the bottom of the carbouy. Wort just under 90 when put in. A little warm, but it was a warm day.
Tastes definitely of cocoa, even chocolately. Cocoa didn’t seem to add as much bitterness as expected.
Initial gravity: 1.050
Final gravity: 1.011 @ 76 deg. F
Temp. corrected, 5.3% ABV