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Old 11-02-2005, 08:10 PM   #1
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Here's the next recipe that I'm going to try to pull off this weekend.
It's called Hell Gate Porter from beerrecipes.org
Question: does the hop schedule really need to be this complex?

Fermentables
6 lb Dark LME
1 lb Amber or Dark DME
1 lb 80-90L Crystal
.5 cup Black Patent
misc.
1 c. Blackstrap Molasses
.5 c. Honey

Hops
1 oz Cascade (60 min)
1 oz Northern Brewer (30 Min)
.5 oz Cascade (30 min)
.5 oz Cascade (15 min)
.5 oz Tettnanger (2 min)
.5 oz Tettnanger (steep w/out boil)

Yeast Wyeast London Ale #1028
Procedure Steep grains.
60 min. boil.
hops to above schedule
misc. ingredients added at 45 min
Cool

Wish me luck!
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:31 PM   #2
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I'd assume someone played with the hops in that recipe, refined until "they" thought it good enough to publish with pride. I'd go with it.

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Sounds like a good recipe. If you feel so inclined, I'd substitute pure cane syrup instead of the blackstrap. IMHO the blackstrap kinda "takes over" the flavor profile but I do like the cane taste. Cane syrup has a much lighter taste and is loaded in fermentables. Charleston Brewery in Charleston, SC makes a porter with alot of molasses and I think it just kills all the other flavors.
Good luck and tell us how it turns out.
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Looks like a nice strong porter. If you really want, you could simplify the hop schedule, say, 1oz Cascade for 60, 1oz each of Cascade and NB at 20, and 1oz Tettnanger at/near flameout. It's really up to you.

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A cup of black strap is workable. I made an Old Ale that used three cups and that was too much. The hopping seems overly complicated for a porter and too much, period. Most porter's don't get aroma hops and the Tettnanger would get lost in a porter's nose. I'd skip it and the 30 minute Cascade.

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Old 11-04-2005, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! This is my second brew and I've never used any hops in the boil yet. your right, it makes sense for a porter to not have a real strong hop aroma and just enough bitter to complement the sweetness. I think I'll simplify it to

1 oz Northern Brewer (30 Min)
1 oz Cascade (30 min)
.5 oz Tettnanger (2 min)

Also, I was thinking of adding a little to the recipe:
some malto-dextrin powder to increase the body a little.

and

Toasting a .5 lb of two row Munich malt according to Palmer
*350 °F Dry 30 minutes Toasty, Grape-Nuts Flavor.

How much malto-dextrin should I add?

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I think I would stick with an addition at 60 minutes, as well. That is where you'll get the bitter hop flavor from that will offset the sweetness.

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