This is an American Stout with a nice thick head, and black body. American Stout recipes typically highlight more of the hoppy character than English or Sweet Stouts.

Some commercial examples of American Stout include:

  • Avery Out of Bounds Stout
  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Stout

This recipe can be brewed in less than an hour using the One-hour brew day process.

American Stout Recipe

Grain Bill:

  • 2.5 oz Chocolate Malt
  • 3 oz Black Patent Malt
  • 3 lbs Light Dried Malt Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Irish Moss

Hop Schedule:

  • 1 oz US Goldings @ 15 minutes


  • Safale US 05

The Process:

Heat 1 gallon of water and add the Chocolate and Black Patent malts a grain bag. Remove the grain bag when the temperature reaches 170° F. When the water starts to boil, add the Irish Moss, Dried Malt Extract and 1 oz. US Goldings Hops. Boil for 15 minutes.

Move the stock pot to a sink or other container filled with ice and water and then add one gallon of cold water. When the temperature falls below 80° F, transfer the Wort to the fermenter and add the yeast.

Safale US 05 is the recommended yeast, but you can use any California Ale Yeast, or other clean yeast, such as White Labs WLP001.

When you think it’s done fermenting (no bubbles in the airlock), take a gravity reading, then wait a day and take another reading. If the reading is the same, it’s time to bottle. If the reading changed, wait till the reading stays the same, then bottle. Wait a couple weeks and then enjoy your American Stout!

This American Stout recipe uses US Golding Hops, but you could experiment with other varieties such as Williamette, or even something hoppier, like Cascade.

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