Recipe – Temperanceville Tropical Stout

Victor North of Niagra Brewing College provided this as one of the official 2021 Canadian Homebrew Day recipes!

The village I live in was once called Temperanceville, and I like to name my recipes after local names and places. I thought that it had a nice ring to it: the alliteration, and irony of naming a high ABV stout “Temperanceville”. This recipe was picked from a recipe done four ways with three different yeasts and four different sugars to expedite the experimentation findings!

Victor North

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
19 L 60 min 29 IBUs 32 1.068 1.013 7.2 %


Name Amount %
Pale Ale, Finest Maris Otter (Simpsons) 4.2 kg 76.64
BEST Special X (BESTMALZ) 450 g 8.21
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) 280 g 5.11
Palm Sugar 550 g 10.04


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cluster Fugget 28 g 60 min First Wort Pellet 8.1


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Saflager Lager (W-34/70) DCL/Fermentis 75% 12°C - 15°C


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 68.89°C 45 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary 14 days 20°C
Aging 7 days 5°C

Victor’s Tips

  • The Cluster Fugget hops are a special blend from YCH, and may not be available everywhere. As these are just being used to bitter, an equal amount of around 8% AA hops will work just as well. Another good option would be to use a high alpha acid variety like Nugget (14%) and only use 20 g.
  • If Special X isn’t available, Briess Extra Special Malt is a good substitute, and others have had success using Special B.
  • Carbonates help to buffer the pH from the acidifying effects of dark malts, which can then show a softer and richer character in the appropriately buffered water.
  • Recommend a free-rise with the 34/70 to ensure complete attenuation and clean-up of diacetyl & acetaldehyde.
  • Recommend at least one week of lagering time to harmonize and mellow the beer prior to serving.
  •  If W-34/70 isn’t available, the following can be substituted: Wyeast 2124, White Labs WLP830, Imperial Yeast L13 Global, Escarpment Labs Isar.

Victor North is a National-ranked BJCP judge who has worked in the beer industry for over a decade. Originally employed as a brewer, he has been in a support role for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Program at Niagara College since 2014. He loves all stouts, and is somewhat stout himself.

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