Finished Product

Mad Scutter Black Gold Stout Label

Brew Log

Type: Imperial Stout
Ingredients: Munton's Gold
All Extract Kit
Finishing Hops: N/A
Yeast: Wyeast - Irish(Light) Smackpak
Pitch Temp: 74 °F
Priming Sugar: 1.25 cups DME M/LT
Original Gravity: 1.050 (1.048 + .002 (temp adj))
Final Gravity: 1.026 (1.024 + .002 (temp adj))
ABV: 3%
Quantity: 45 Bottles
Fermentation & Conditioning: ~ 7 weeks

  • Activated yeast pack several hours prior to brewing.
  • Boiled 6 lbs of extract syrup in 3 gallons of water for 45 minutes.
  • Added wort to 2 gallons of cold water and cooled to 74 °F in primary fermenter.
  • Pitched the active yeast.
  • Placed water-lock on primary fermenter and placed in pantry.
  • Transferred to 5 gallon carboy for secondary fermentation.
  • Placed water-lock on secondary fermenter and returned the brew to the pantry.
  • Boiled 1.25 cups dry malt extract (medium/light) in 2 quarts of water for 15 minutes.
  • Added priming solution to bottling bucket and siphoned beer from secondary fermenter to bottling bucket.
  • Filled and capped 45 twelve ounce bottles.
  • Placed bottles in plastic lined boxes and placed boxes in pantry.
  • Sampled one bottle.
    • No carbonation.
    • Bland, but with the potential for decent final taste present.
  • Sampled one bottle.
    • Mildly improved carbonation.
    • Mildly improved taste.
  • Sampled one bottle.
    • Greatly improved carbonation.
    • Good taste. Appropriate for a stout.
    • Good head formation and retention
  • Labeled remaining bottles and performed blind taste test versus Guinness Extra Stout.

Final Notes:

  The final product of this batch is excellent. It forms a very full head which is actually brown in color and maintains decent carbonation throughout the course of consumption. The flavor and body are very comparable to Guinness Extra Stout with the Black Gold Stout being slightly sweeter (or less hoppy). While I doubt I'll use this kit again as I would like to be a bit more "experimental" with future brews, I would highly recommend it for an excellent "first brew".