Graham cracker?

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Roguefiend
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Graham cracker?

i recently made a stout with graham cracker 4 lbs for 10 gal batch. I had a problem hitting my final gravity. It stalled out about 1.040 and started at 1.089. 1 suggestion I had for this was it was because of the graham crackers and preservatives in them?I think I underpitched as I used 2 smack packs per carboy. Anyhow my question is; Is there another way to impart graham cracker? I was gonna use graham flour but am afraid of a stuck sparge. Maybe just wheat malt, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla? Anyways I’m not sure and thought that I may look hear for some insight. Thanks.

beermanpete
You could try making your own

You could try making your own Graham crakcers to avoid the preservatives. Using flour would not provide the same flavor due to not aquiring the flavor changes that come from baking.

Also, since you feel that your yeast pitch was not sufficient why not try it again with a larger starter?

Roguefiend
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Thanks beeemanpete. Funny

Thanks beeemanpete. Funny thing that I’m just getting this response today because I am actually brewing this again today. I decided to pitch three smack packs this time and I have subbed the 12 pounds pale malt in the recipe for 12 pounds of Mecca grade malts metolius malt. And will not be adding the graham cracker. I am also adding 2 pounds of honey malt. I’m hoping this will do the trick to give me that graham I am looking for. If this doesn’t work I like the idea of making my own graham crackers. Thanks for the help!!

beermanpete
You could try making your own

Double post. Sorry.

beermanpete
Rougefiend,

Rougefiend,

I ran across this recently and thought you might find it interesting:

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/slims-graham-cracker-ale-2-0....

Beermanpete