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Old 12-14-2007, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default Gonna brew a big, mean porter tommorow

I decided I can't brew my hobbit ale for a couple more weeks because I have to age my home toasted malts. I have a big starter of british 005 ale yeast going right now, so I'm gonna make a porter. Here's a quick idea followed by my current stock. I think I should mash high (158) because that WLP005 is pretty dang attenuating. Any suggestions? I haven't brewed a porter in ages. I think my first AG was the only porter I've done.


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Recipe: Proud Honey Porter
Brewer: Christopher John Flannagan
Asst Brewer:
Style: Robust Porter
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.41 gal
Estimated OG: 1.065 SG
Estimated Color: 40.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 31.1 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
8.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 66.67 %
1.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 12.50 %
0.75 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
0.75 lb Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
0.50 lb Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 4.17 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4.17 %
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (60 min) Hops 13.4 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 14.7 IBU
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (10 min) Hops 2.7 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (1 min) Hops 0.3 IBU
1 Pkgs British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) [Starter Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body
Total Grain Weight: 12.00 lb
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Single Infusion, Full Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
45 min Mash In Add 15.00 qt of water at 170.5 F 158.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 6.00 qt of water at 196.6 F 168.0 F


Current Stock:

marris otter malt
munich
cara vienne
cara munich
special b
black patent
chocolate malt
roasted barley (that's out of the question)
crystal 40 and 120
a little carared
a little biscuit
honey malt

fuggles
EKG
styrian
Galena
Chinook
Cascade
saaz
brewer's gold
challenger
summit
simcoe
vanguard
marynka

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Old 12-14-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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You' re making me hungry.

That looks like a nice big chewy porter.

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Aye that it does. Does anyone else find it difficult to brew you want before you want it. For instance in winter a good stout or porter is what you are craving so you make one, and you won't be enjoying it until spring. Unfortunately in the spring you will be wanting a something lighter, so you brew it, ok that doesn't work since it will be ready for winter. But you see what I mean. The temps can make it difficult at best to have your winter brew ready in winter. Guess I need a basement or some place similar to store my brews in the hot months.

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Aye that it does. Does anyone else find it difficult to brew you want before you want it. For instance in winter a good stout or porter is what you are craving so you make one, and you won't be enjoying it until spring. Unfortunately in the spring you will be wanting a something lighter, so you brew it, ok that doesn't work since it will be ready for winter. But you see what I mean. The temps can make it difficult at best to have your winter brew ready in winter. Guess I need a basement or some place similar to store my brews in the hot months.
My stout is ready to drink in less than 21 days! Same with my hefeweizen, and those are my staple, seasonal beers. So, I'm pretty happy with that system. If one runs out, I can have another ready to drink in less than a month.
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That looks killer!

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Are you shooting for a honey-dominant taste like SA's Honey Porter? Or are you focusing more on the raisin-y notes from the C120? Or even the roasty notes from the BP/Roast Barley?

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Looks tasty.

If it were me I'd back off the 120 a bit and throw in some Victory or Biscuit...but that's just me. I like caramel flavor, but not toasted caramel.

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Are you shooting for a honey-dominant taste like SA's Honey Porter? Or are you focusing more on the raisin-y notes from the C120? Or even the roasty notes from the BP/Roast Barley?
I want the honey to be there, but I don't want it to dominate. I like the sound of raisen-y notes. I want the c120 to dominate I guess, but I want the burnt flavor of the patent to be strong as well, but I want it to be second to the 120. I guess in order of strongest flavors I want 120 > patent > honey
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That's a big dadgum beer, alright, to call it a porter. It sounds mighty good, though. I would back off the patent malt, just because I'm not a big fan of it, but I bet I would drink that recipe up without complaint.


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I want the honey to be there, but I don't want it to dominate. I like the sound of raisen-y notes. I want the c120 to dominate I guess, but I want the burnt flavor of the patent to be strong as well, but I want it to be second to the 120. I guess in order of strongest flavors I want 120 > patent > honey
Oops, I was wrong - you have Flaked Barley, not Roasted, in there... My bad.

The only change I might suggest is that I would be tempted to back off on the Black Patent to about .5 lbs - that stuff tends to dominate pretty heavily.

I like the thought of 1.5 lb C120. The C40 and the Honey Malt can both still peek through all the darkness, too. Sounds good to me!
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