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Grandma's Secret Stash All-Grain Kit


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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?

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Grandma's Secret Stash All-Grain Kit

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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.


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


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.


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.


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 All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1065
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
8 Reviews
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Great Stout!
I brewed this one over the winter and it was the perfect beer for a cold day! I think I will make sure to have this on tap every year around christmas time. I used about half as much rum as the recipe calls for and I doubled the amount of raisins, soaking more in rum with the vanilla beans and adding to the secondary.

I kegged this beer and it was ready to drink two weeks after brewing. It only got better from there and after a month in the keg it tasted simply amazing.

Great kit! Great price too for all that comes with it.
May 2, 2017
Solid Recipe!
Directions are a little confusing but if executed properly this recipe is a winner! I did try to do this recipe exactly like the the directions. Got to the NB store in Milwaukee and they had everything except the hops. I had the replace the Golden Brewer;s Hops with Nugget hops. The higher alpha hop maybe made this recipe work, I don't know. Anyway whenever you add 8 ozs of booze to the recipe, how can you go wrong.
End of primary
End of primary
January 23, 2017
Trip to Grandma's
I was really excited when I saw the grain bill in this kit. I will admit, some of the kits have an easy grain bill and I buy local but this one was too complex to do that. Some notes: Do a traditional mash and keep it around 152° for the 60 minutes. If you can, salt the water to resemble a malty profile (English, Irish Stout, etc) Everything was included in the kit except the rum and raisins. Vanilla beans are very high quality - split them down the middle, scrape out the vanilla extract and then add it to a container with Myers Dark Rum. 4 snack pack boxes of raisins are all thats called for and I didn't bother soaking them in rum but boiled them separately in a small sauce pan with a small amount of water for 10 minutes. Smelled amazing. After they boiled, I mixed in the cinnamon, covered, and allowedito cool while I brought my wort down to 70°. Rack the beer to a fermenter and in a disposable hop bag, pour in the raisins and ganilla beans. The rum, of course will pour through into the beer. I'm only a week in the secondary at this point so no tasting notes yet but my OG and FG ended up spot on. I think this kit will be a staple to my brewing routine as the holiday seasons come around. I hope NB will keep this one for years to come!
October 4, 2016
slow delivery
excellent brewing supply, slow delivery
September 27, 2016
great kit, smells nice
the kit arrived on time, and brewed as planned. I'll let you know when I taste it from the keg.
September 26, 2016
It's just a little too
It's just a little too early to tell. Contact me in 6 months
July 23, 2016
Great kit
Heavily tweaked this kit to my liking. Added an additional ounce of hops, 3 lbs. honey, cocoa nibs, med oak spiral soaked in bourbon, jalapenos and didn't use the raisins. Split into 2 fermenters with 2 yeast packs split, heavy fermentation for 1 1/2 days and was done after 4. OG 1.086 FG 1.016. Definitely buying this one again and aging in a barrel, maybe a few tweaks here and there. All around great kit for the price!
June 16, 2016
Grandma's stash
Blew through the air lock and turned sour
May 3, 2016
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Hi NB, the recipe calls for 8 oz rum, but only indicates 4 oz with raisins and 1 tsp w the cinnamon and vanilla bean. Are the vanilla and cinnamon supposed to be soaked separately to make up the additional 4 oz of rum?
H P on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The vanilla beans and the cinnamon would be soaked in the other 4 oz of the rum, before adding them into the secondary fermenter. See steps 20 and 21. The "1 Tsp " notation is the amount of ground cinnamon, and not the amount of the rum used. You'll soak the beans and ground cinnamon in rum, and then add the mixture to the carboy. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
Just ordered this all grain kit and am really excited to brew it next weekend. My question is regarding the soaked rasins added to the boil. I understand the purpose of adding in the last 5 min to kill any rogue "bugs" on them but when racking to the primary fermenter, should I allow the rasins to also transfer or just leave them behind in the boil kettle?

If they don't gravity transfer, should I manually relocate them to the primary fermenter?

What about just racking the chilled wort on top of the soaked rasins & remnant rum in the primary?

C H on Sep 4, 2016

I didn't transfer the raisins when I made this. However, I wanted a light undertone flavor. So I guess it really depends on how much raise flavor you want. If you transfer you will get a more pronounced favor profile.

Hope this helps.
I was wondering what kind of rum would be a good one to use in this recipe. I was thinking either Kraken or cedar Ridge has a dark rum. Thoughts?
Alex W on Aug 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It doesn't really matter. I think I used Bacardi Dark. The rum is primarily there to extract the flavors from the vanilla beans and the raisins, plus add a hint of subtle flavor of its own. There is not enough of it to really make a difference and I would not go to any extra expense to use a premium rum in this recipe.
Ok, so I over attenuated a bit (1.012), which will probably lead to a thin mouthful, but otherwise things went well. Today i went dump the rum and cinnamon/vanilla into the carbo and there was a big "clump" of what i assume was cinnamon on the battalion of the jar I soaked it in overnight. it went in the carbo as a big clump, is this ok, or should i sanitize something and stir up the beer? i hate to do that for oxidation purposes, it's already in a secondary and planned to bottle next weekend.
A shopper on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No need to stir the flavors will work into the beer.
What’s the target final gravity for this recipe - or the finished ABV?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have made this outstanding beer 5 times and each time the FG = 1.021. The ABV has been in the range of 6.7 - 7.0%

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