experimental beers with a botanical twist

Chicory Stout

chicory flower
chicory flower (photo: Alvesgaspar)
Brewed 30 September 2017 in Plummer’s Hollow.

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) root, to my taste buds, is indistinguishable from dandelion, which isn’t surprising since they’re in the same family. I’ve used both in gruit blends over the years, but here, roasted chicory root is used as it is in the American South: as a coffee substitute.

The recipe is closely patterned after coffee stout. Leave the chicory in the secondary as long as you can. I used 1 oz. of chicory because that’s what I had on hand, but I could easily have used more. The trouble with some of the commercial varieties for sale in the coffee sections of large supermarkets is that they’re either sold in powdered form, which doesn’t have a long shelf life and is hard to brew with, or they’re packaged in prohibitively expensive little tea bags. What you want are whole or chopped dried roots which you can toast in an oven.

If gathering chicory yourself, be sure NOT to harvest it from beside a road, where it’s so often found, unless the road wasn’t put in until after the phase-out of leaded gasoline.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 60 min 17.2 IBUs 30.9 SRM 1.067 1.011 7.4 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
2-Row - US 8 lbs 68.09
Biscuit Malt - BE 8 oz 4.26
Caramel/Crystal 60 - US 8 oz 4.26
Chocolate Malt - US 8 oz 4.26
Vienna - US 8 oz 4.26
De-Bittered Black - BE 4 oz 2.13
Red Wheat - US 4 oz 2.13
Dark Brown Sugar - US 1.25 lbs 10.64

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Fuggles 0.75 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 4.8
Fuggles 0.75 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 4.8

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
roasted chicory root (Brewer's Best brand) 1.00 oz 0 min Secondary Other

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Fermentis Safale S-04 75% 64°F - 69°F

Notes

A stout in which chicory root provides the roastiness.


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