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Brewing TV - Episode 60: Eis is Nice

Chip brews his annual favorite Chocolate Stout with real chocolate additions. Most of the beer gets kegged, but he sets some of it aside for an eising experiment. He's joined by his buddy, chef Zander Dixon for tasting notes on both versions and some discussion about the process. [Original postdate: April 20, 2012] 

Related Links:

Chip's Odd Winter Chocolate Stout & EisStout recipe

Brooklyn Brewery's Chocolate Stout recipe from Microbrewed Adventures (courtesy Charlie Papazian and Brooklyn Brewery's Steve Hindy)

Short Pour Video:  Chip Calls Jeremy King with a Yeast Question

Chip's suggested eis-friendly beer kits from Northern Brewer:


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Great expirement and video Chip, I rarely stray from my normal brew day- but the info about water and fat soluble spices and what will stay behind in an Eis beer has me intrigued and now I wanna play ;) Thanks for that.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfloydsmith

Yo Chip, nice save with the episode. Xander's knowledge really added some great viewer takeaways from the episode. As far as iciing -doesn't freezing kill the yeast essentially bursting their cell walls? I think you might get more carbonation in bottles if you pour iced solution into a bottling bucket for priming with a sugar and yeast solution then transfer to bottles. And don't hesitate to use social media to shout out - "Oh Snap - need homegrown Fuggles delivered STAT!" And you can pretty much guarantee a hop head will come rescue your furry chin.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPinched Nerve

If you're worried about the foam taking up space, stick a piece of tubing on the end of the funnel, just like a bottle filler. Your priming sugar calculation is also not very accurate considering you don't know how much beer you will be left with, it's gravity, yeast, etc... I agree with using fresh yeast and a bottling bucket. This would also allow you to drain the liquid off the gallon jug all at once. If you are letting it melt as you fill bottles then your gravities are going to change from bottle to bottle.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Begani

Did you do a tasting of the frozen portion of the ice beer? I was curious because it also had the same gravity reading.

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLes Waller

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