Deviation Oatmeal Stout

Some brews go according to plan. Some don’t. Re-brewing our winter seasonal – Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout – did not go according to plan.

Everyone seemed to love the oatmeal stout; a fact confirmed by the fact we sold out in 4 weeks. Excited to brew it again, we pushed back our IPA brew one week to squeeze a second brew in before spring. It was a tricky decision, because we projected to run out of IPA a week before our next batch was ready. So, we had to limit IPA keg sales in the tasting room, and as of writing this (a few days before our next batch of IPA comes out) we have 1 keg left.

Now, our normal Friday night pre-brew procedure includes weighing out and crushing grain for the brew, sanitizing the heat exchanger, and going to bed as early as possible.

Matt’s in charge of counting and measuring out the grain because he’s an accountant – a logical decision. Chris sanitizes the heat exchanger. Joe is basically useless because he sits in Friday night traffic on the drive up from LA. Once we finished, we went home and enjoyed a growler of El Segundo Brewing White Dog IPA before hitting the hay.

The brew the next day went amazingly smooth. That is, up until we took the final gravity reading on our first batch and it was 3 degrees Plato (1.012 SG) lower than our target. Panic ensued.

Chris, overreacting as per usual, wanted to throw out the beer and re-brew both batches (second batch was off too). Joe tried to calculate various ways to fix the brew (adding malt extract, brewing another small batch and adding it, etc.) – all of which wouldn’t work. And Matt, well, he was just upset with himself. Partially upset that he miscounted and the beer didn’t turn out correctly, and partially upset because he knew he would never live this down.

Turns out we (Matt) left out an entire bag of Munich Malt in our brew. 55 lbs out of about 280 were missing.

Despite the missing grain, we continued on with the brew hoping this accounting error – like a bank error in Monopoly – worked in our favor.

And so now we bring to you Deviation Oatmeal Stout. It tastes a lot like Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout, but has accentuated roasted flavor, less alcohol and a little thinner body. It’s delicious.

We have since taken preventive measures to keep this miscounting from happening in the future – our brew log now displays the number of bags to use (no math required!).

Joe and Chris both later admitted that one of the first thoughts through their head was “Phew, glad it wasn’t me who miscounted the grain.” And with all said and done, Chris and Joe still trust Matt to count the grain better than themselves.

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5 Responses to “Deviation Oatmeal Stout”

  1. Fireman Dave says:

    Every once in a while we all gotta prove we’re human.

  2. Curtis says:

    That’s funny ’cause I left out 3lbs of Victory from my imperial oatmeal stout, 2 brews ago. It still turned out pretty good though :=)

  3. Nimai says:

    I like how the stout now shows in the photo of ‘Explore our beers’ on the home page… it looks great side by side in a taster flight (*hint*) as the two regular beer offerings, Protector & Valkyrie are two distinct beers, and of course, a stout is as well, so it rounds out very well. Would love to see it be a regular offering (*hint*).

    Daniel Irons was delicous, so looking forward to try this deviated verision.

  4. Frank says:

    Got my growler. Was great with dinner. On the second glass as my desert, I enjoyed the flavors. Not to chocolaty, had some sweetness, and still a lot more flavor than the imported Stout from across the Atlantic Ocean. Looking forward to getting some of the next batch.

  5. Nimai says:

    Enjoyed the Deviation, but Daniel Irons is certainly where it’s at. Solid recipe. Looking forward for a 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. batches *crosses finers*

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