Grandma's Secret Stash

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The intoxicating aromas and flavors of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies is surely a fond memory, and now that we are all grown up, why not craft a stout to reminisce? Pleasant, subtle aromas and flavors of raisin, cinnamon and vanilla engage with the velvety body of a traditional oatmeal stout to create an immensely pleasing and highly elaborate sipping experience. -

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Just like grandma used to do, stash some of this delicious treat out of view and hoard it for yourself. The intoxicating aromas and flavors of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies is surely a fond memory, and now that we are all grown up, why not craft a stout to reminisce? Pleasant, subtle aromas and flavors of raisin, cinnamon and vanilla engage with the velvety body of a traditional oatmeal stout to create an immensely pleasing and highly elaborate sipping experience.

Aroma

Slightly roasty nose with no hop aroma. Scents of vanilla, cinnamon and raisins are prominent.

Appearance 

Nearly jet black in color with deep garnet and ruby highlights, good clarity. Firm and persistent khaki-tan head forms easily and laces down the glass well.

Flavor

Clean malt background flavors with a faint nutty and biscuity character are layered with a slightly chocolaty and roasty flavor. Moderate-low hop bitterness. Clean fermentation with subtle fruity esters. Flavors of cinnamon, raisin and vanilla persist in the finish.

Mouthfeel

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Low alcohol warmth with smooth creaminess and no astringency.

Overall Impression    

A complexly flavored stout with surprising flavors of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Grandma's Secret Stash Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1065
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
3.7 / 5.0
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Grandma's Secret Stash
I have been brewing beer for over8 years and have never found a beer that I did not like or could not drink until (Grandma's Secret Stash). This beer is SO sour. And I followed the recipe exactly. Not sure f it's from the raisins or the dark rum but I do not recommend this beer to anyone. Even my friends did not like it. Not just me. I dumped over 4 gallons down the drain. :(
July 22, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review. Grandma does't like sour beer either, so she wanted us to make sure that you knew about our "Beer Kit Guarantee". The recipe is not intended to be sour at all. We want you to love the beer you brew. Customer Service will be in reaching out to you to see if we can help. Cheers!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer N
Lovely stout, but careful with the Meyers.
I brewed this up in May as both my third batch and my first stout. My advise to new brewers on this one - use the bare minimum Meyers when soaking the raisins, vanilla and cinnamon. While i thought i was following instructions only just covering the ingredients in a glass, once i got to bottling i knew i used way to much Meyers as it was all i could smell. There is a happy ending to this story though, as the rum nose and flavor continues to subside as the bottles condition longer. Now a good 2 months out from bottling and the rum is slowly giving way to the vanilla and i suspect the raisins to make an appearance in the coming weeks. This is smooth and tasty and even with the rum nose offers an excellent dessert stout.
July 27, 2016
Delicious MUST TRY Stout
I was somewhat skeptical of the idea behind this kit when I first saw it, but my father was taken by it, so I relented and ordered it as a gift to him. I fermented with Wyeast 1084, which took off like a rocket. I suggest buying Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum. It is delicious on its own, but ended up adding wonderful characteristics to the raisins, spices, and overall brew. I aged for an extra week over the recipe in both secondary and after bottling. When I opened the first bottle, I was blown away. It really tastes just like an oatmeal rum raisin cookie, A must try, and I will definitely be ordering again. Can we get a chocolate chip cookie beer next Northern Brewer?
June 6, 2016
Very good
I figured I would give this a try and am very pleased with the result. I never would have guessed that raisins soaked in rum would be so delicious, I almost didn't have any left for the beer! I'm not very familiar with rum so I used Myers's but it turned out really well. This one goes over well with all of my friends as well.
July 18, 2016
Delicious
This recipe kit is great. The only thing I changed was to put the raisins with the vanilla bean and cinnamon in the rum (Myer's Dark Rum), them added it to the secondary for 2 weeks. Great flavor and aroma. The only thing I might do next time is use an additional pound of oatmeal for more creaminess.
May 18, 2016
So excited to try this beer!
The kit was great and all the specialty ingredients were well protected (especially the vanilla beans). This beer smells amazing.
April 22, 2016
Grandma's Secret Stash of Rum Flavored Beer
This was my fourth batch. Thought it would be good to try something with a different flavor. This was also the first time I used a yeast starter. The specialty grains smelled great while brewing. Finished at the right OG and definitely had the most vigorous fermentation I've had. I followed some of the advice in the Q's section of the website and waited to add the rum soaked raisins with the vanilla bean and cinnamon about 6 days before bottling. Used Myer's Dark Rum and only 4 oz of it. Actually dumped the rum out after soaking the raisins, vanilla beans, and cinnamon and then added them to the beer. Beer finished just under 1.02 FG. Bottled it and waited 14 days to try it. Unfortunately the first two I've had don't taste like cookies but it tastes like someone poured rum in my beer. There's a hint of raisin but no biscuity or vanilla flavor. Kind of a let down, but maybe I screwed it up? Hence the 3 stars as it smelled great when boiling. Also to note NB may want to include storage instructions for the vanilla bean, it lost a little of its smell from when I first received the kit to when I added it to the beer a month later.
September 1, 2016
Missed the mark - I missed the pre-boil instructions
I have brewed around 200 batches. I'm used to just getting up and launching the cook. When I buy a kit, I expect everything to be included. Alas, this recipe calls for raisins (not included). I started cooking and didn't have raisins or dark rum. I winged it with dried cherries. The result was much less than perfect. Suggestion to Northern: Include all the ingredients and bump the price a bit to help us brewers who don't read instructions before we start.
September 8, 2016
Grandma Secret Stash
Very different with too much cinnamon flavor ( however, I did use half dark rum & half spiced rum). Just not the dark stout I was looking far. Personal preference, but I would skip the cinnamon
June 28, 2016
Still in secondary
Smells grate, good color. There was a lot of sediment in the primary, and lost liquid volume, about one half gallon. Maybe I should have used more water during boiling, or added more water above five gallon mark on primary initially. Have to see how this batch turns out.
June 10, 2016
Q&A
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I have to admit, I'm not much of a rum drinker so I'm completely at a loss as to what kind of "dark rum" I should be picking up for this. Does anyone have any suggestions that won't break my wallet? I imagine that going with a spiced rum would be a bad idea, so I guess I'm looking for a good flavored dark one. Any help or advice would be appreciated, thanks!
M C on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We used 100 proof Captain Morgan spiced rum for the pilot batch and it turned out well. Spiced rum will work fine but dark rum also be a good choice.
I see the raisins are dumped into the pot during the last 5 min or so of the boil. Doesn't seem enough time to get full flavor out of them. Are we supposed to move the raisins over to the fermenter bucket or dispose of them after the boil?
T O on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As the instructions are written, I don't think it's intended to move them to the fermenter; but if they were contained in a small mesh bag or similar way you could surely toss them into the fermenter if desired, to get more flavor out of them. Be careful handling it, it must remain sterile if it's going into the fermenter. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Not very knowledgeable on Rums. Do you know if a Gold or Spiced would work as well or better? I went out to two different stores and could only find those two types. I would look harder if you thought the Dark was really the best investment for this six week project.
T O on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say go with the gold rum and stay away from the spiced. What I believe we are looking for is strong rum flavor as that is what dark rum (aged) gives off. I was able to get Zaya Grand Reserva from my local liquor store but they tend to have almost everything. I tried looking at the grocery store but they didn't have any dark rum. I still have a little over a week left of fermentation so I don't know how the final product will turn out but it smells delicious. To reiterate stir clear of the spiced rum and go with a good quality gold rum if you can't get dark. Hope this helps! Cheers & 17
How much cinnamon do you use in the Secondary fermentation with the vanilla beans ?
W H on May 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 1 ounce of cinnamon is included in this kit. Cheers!
Is black rum the same as dark rum? And what dark rum do you recommend? I see you said you used 100 proof captain for pilot batch, but captain isn't a dark run but it is spiced rum, so kind of confusing.
Airhoover on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: JW,

Thank you for you question. I would probably go with something like the Kraken myself.

Cheers!
What is the target OG? And how will the rum effect it?
L A on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A: The OG should be near 1.065; and the rum added to the fermenter late in the secondary will add alcohol, of course, and flavor, but it won't raise the FG, but lower it some, due to the higher alcohol content than the beer has. The rum addition will not affect the overall ABV much, though, in a 5-gallon batch, it just bumps it up slightly. -Mike W, Northern Brewer

From customer Jim Clark:

The instructions indicate that the OG should be 1.065. Mine was observed at 1.057, which I believe is more on target. if you use the formula 6.3 lbs of LME *.0076 + 1 lb DME at .0084 yields an OG of 1 + .056. As for the rum, if it is added to the original fermenter, it will decrease the original gravity as the specific gravity of dark rum is .something like .952, but in such small amounts this should be pretty negligible. Assuming normal fermentation one would expect the final gravity to be lower, so the AVB would be ever so slightly higher???
Had a couple of questions regarding this brew, after soaking the raisins, vanilla and cinnamon into the rum, do we dump the rum into the beer as well or just the items themselves?
B H on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would dump the rum into the beer as well.

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