Video Tip: Building Big Stouts for Mouthfeel and Balance

Perennial's Phil Wymore discusses the fundamentals of formulating an imperial stout grist that has plenty of body and color while avoiding too much roast.

Phil Wymore Oct 7, 2020

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Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, Missouri, brews some of the finest Belgian-inspired ales in North America. However, it grew its national following and influenced a host of other breweries with a totally different kind of beer: Abraxas—a big, adjunct-laded imperial stout inspired by Mexican chocolate.

In this 56-minute video course, Phil Wymore—Perennial's cofounder and brewmaster—shares the approach, ingredients, and methods behind the brewery's big stouts and other strong, high-gravity beers. Among other topics, Wymore covers:

  • water and hops considerations
  • careful intentionality for big malt bills
  • building a base imperial stout recipe
  • choosing and employing various adjuncts
  • yeast and high-gravity fermentation challenges
  • filtering and carbonation

And much more, including recipes.

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