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Old 01-05-2012, 06:55 AM   #1
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Default Blackberry Imperial Porter

Let me know what you guys think of this recipe, i have done some stouts but not any porters and a local brewery released a one-off beer that was a blackberry imperial porter and i loved it so I figured it is time to try and brew one! Let me know what you think.

Here is what they say about the beer:
Brau Brothers Rubus Black due out soon | Beernews.org

Here is the recipe i put together to try and replicate it:

5 Gallon Batch, 70% efficiency
Est OG: 1.087
IBUs: 37.3
SRM: 62.7
Est ABV: 8.9%

13 lb Briess 2-row
1.5 lb Simpsons Chocolate
1 lb Brown Malt
1 lb Breiss C120
1 lb flaked oats
.75 lbs Simpsons roasted barley
.5 lb Briess Carapils (additional head unneeded maybe)

2 oz Fuggles at 60 mins
1 oz East Kent Goldings at 20 mins

Mash around 156-158
Ferment with WLP 005 21 days (they say a traditional british strain and i know they use white labs)
Secondary 14 days with about 48oz of Blackberry Puree.

Maybe other suggestions for handling the blackberry, or types of blackberry to use?
Maybe sub out some other malts for .5 lbs Victory or Vienna malt? (they say toasted malts, but are crystals toasted malt too?)

Any and all feedback appreciated! Thanks. - Richard from Brookings, SD

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Old 01-10-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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Bump, can i get some insight from the community?

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Old 01-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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Anyone like blackberry porters?

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Old 01-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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I used 3lbs of blackberry puree in a belgian wit and had good results. My fiancee said the beer came out wonderful and with great blackberry taste. Since it was canned there was no need to worry about wild yeasts or anything. Just make sure to rack the beer carefully and leave the puree behind, otherwise your first few bottles/pulls from the keg will just be puree.

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
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I made a Blackberry Pale Ale last year and it didn't turn out very good. I used 2 lbs. of frozen berries in the secondary.

I can only speculate on how it would work with a porter, but be careful about your choice of hops. I used cascade and I think that was a poor decision because the citrusy hops clashed with the berries. Obviously, you won't be using cascade with a porter, but I just emphasize that so you'll be really careful about choosing hops.

Of course, I still drank every bottle of it, so it wasn't a disaster, but it's been my least favorite that I brewed since I started doing it.

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Look for hops that will compliment the blackberry flavors. Bullion, Bramling Cross, and Pacific Gem come to mind, maybe EKG or Fuggles would work (I see those last two are the ones you have selected). Keep the IBUs on the low side of the style range. I would also pay close attention to the yeast selection. Personally I would use Wyeast: 1275 Thames Valley Ale, 1098 British Ale, or maybe 1968 London ESB. Any of those or their White Labs equivilents should compliment the flavor well. Best of luck, let us know how it comes out.

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Awesome, sounds like I am on the right path I am going to use fuggles and ekg then the 3lbs of puree sounds good, only thing is that **** costs $15 per 3lb can! As far as yeast you are probably right i was thinking about just going with2 packets of s-04 but I probably should just do the british ale and do a starter. Hoping to brew this mid februaury

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Did you ever brew this?

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I sure did! Just bottled this weekend and it tasted awesome. I only used 3 lb can of puree in 3 gallons of the batch. Since I made a 6 gallon batch. Also I changed the recipe quite a bit so if you want I can update that when I get home tonight.

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Please do! Need to do a blackberry for the summer.

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