American Stout Recipe

If you’re a fan of dark, full-bodied beers, this American Stout recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. With a perfect blend of roasted malt flavors and heavy citrus aromas, this beer is a unique take on the traditional English and Irish stouts. Whether you’re a seasoned homebrewer or just starting out, this recipe is a great way to get creative in the kitchen and produce a delicious, high-quality beer that you can enjoy with friends and family.

American Stout

Heavy citrus aromas and flavours perfectly complement the dark, bitter, roasted malt flavours in this American twist on traditional English and Irish stouts.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
To Ferment28 days
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Ale
Keyword: American Stout
Servings: 40 Pints
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Brew kettle (minimum 10-gallon capacity)
  • 1 Mash tun
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Fermentation vessel
  • 1 Airlock
  • 1 Bottling equipment
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Sanitizer


For the Mash – Liquor 15 Litres (26 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F

  • 6.10 oz Pale Malt Quantity 3kg
  • lb Munich Malt Quantity 2kg
  • 1.2 oz Black Malt Quantity 500g
  • 1.2 oz Medium crystal Malt Quantity 500g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47½ Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins

  • 1 oz (Hops) Chinook 13.3% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 38.1)
  • oz (Hops) Amarillo 5% When to add – For last 15 mins of boil (IBU 1.8)
  • oz (Hops) Amarillo 5% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 7 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 White Labs WLP001 California Ale


  • Heat 15 liters (26 pints) of water in your brew kettle to 65°C (149°F).
  • Add the crushed grains to the mash tun and pour the hot water over them. Stir until there are no dry spots, and then let the mash rest for 1 hour.
  • While the mash is resting, heat 27 liters (47.5 pints) of water to boiling in your brew kettle.
  • After 1 hour, start sparging the mash into your brew kettle with the boiling water. Collect at least 27 liters (47.5 pints) of wort.
  • Bring the wort to a boil and add 1 oz (28 g) of Chinook hops. Boil for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, add 1/3 oz (9.45 g) of Amarillo hops and 1 tsp of Protofloc. Boil for another 15 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1.75 oz (50 g) of Amarillo hops and turn off the heat. Let the wort cool to 18°C (64°F).
  • Once the wort has cooled, transfer it to a sanitized fermentation vessel and pitch the White Labs WLP001 California Ale yeast.
  • Ferment the beer for 28 days at 18°C (64°F), and then condition for 7 weeks at 12°C (54°F).
  • After conditioning, bottle the beer and let it carbonate for at least 2 weeks at room temperature.
  • Once carbonated, chill the beer and enjoy!
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)8 Weeks6.2%39.9 IBU76.7 EBC

Rich and Complex Flavors

This American Stout recipe is a great choice for beer lovers who crave rich, full-bodied brews. With a blend of pale malt, Munich malt, black malt, and medium crystal malt, this beer boasts a complex and layered taste that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Unique Twist on Traditional Stouts

While this recipe pays homage to traditional English and Irish stouts with its use of roasted malts, it also brings a unique American twist to the mix with the addition of Chinook and Amarillo hops. The result is a beer with a pronounced citrus flavor that perfectly complements the dark, bitter notes of the roasted malts.

Perfect for Homebrewing

If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding project to tackle at home, brewing your own American Stout is a great way to get started. With a little bit of equipment and some patience, you can produce a high-quality beer that rivals your favorite brewpubs. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of enjoying a cold pint of beer that you made yourself.

Impress Your Friends and Family

Whether you’re a seasoned homebrewer or just starting out, this American Stout recipe is sure to impress your friends and family. With its unique flavor profile and professional-quality finish, this beer is a great way to showcase your brewing skills and treat your loved ones to something special. So why not give it a try and see for yourself what all the fuss is about?

FAQ on Making this American Stout Recipe

What are the main ingredients for this American Stout recipe?

The main ingredients for this recipe are pale malt, Munich malt, black malt, medium crystal malt, Chinook hops, Amarillo hops, and California Ale yeast.

What temperature should the mash be at?

The mash should be at a temperature of 65°C (149°F).

What yeast strain is recommended for this recipe?

The recommended yeast strain for this recipe is White Labs WLP001 California Ale.

How long should the beer condition before drinking?

The beer should condition for 7 weeks at a temperature of 12°C (54°F) before drinking.

What is the estimated ABV of this beer?

The estimated ABV of this beer is 6.2%.

Can I adjust the bitterness rating of this beer?

Yes, you can adjust the bitterness rating by varying the amount of hops used or the duration of the boil.

How long should I boil the hops for in this recipe?

The hops should be boiled for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What is the ideal serving temperature for this American Stout?

The ideal serving temperature for this beer is between 12°C and 14°C (54°F to 57°F).

What is the shelf life of this American Stout?

When stored properly, this beer can have a shelf life of several months to a year.

Can I keg this beer instead of bottling it?

Yes, you can keg this beer if you prefer that method over bottling.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.

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