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Old 03-09-2007, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Black Pearl Porter (AG)


ALL GRAIN - 5 Gallons
8.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
2.00 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)

0.50 oz Fuggles [4.52%] (60 min)
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.20%] (2 min)

0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min)

1.00 cup Malto-Dextrine (Boil 20.0 min)
4.00 oz Lactose (Boil 15.0 min)

1 Pkgs London Ale (Wyeast Labs #1028)


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 13.00 lb
Mash In Add 4.06 gal of water at 170.5 F 158.0 F 45 min
Mash Out Add 2.50 gal of water at 206.7 F 175.0 F 15 min

Primary 1 Week (60 Degrees)
Secondary 10 Days (60 Degrees)
Kegged and Force Carbed or Primed and Bottled

This was a very good, very rich Porter. Nice sweetness and great mouthfeel. Friends who shy away from Stout loved this milder (but creamier) dark beer.
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I've brewed a couple of batches of this with a couple of minor changes...

.5oz Northern Brewer for bittering @ 7.8aau , i like thier "minty" flavor in dark beers...

Wyermen CarafaIII instead of the chocolate malt. It's dehusked & is supposed to be smoother than regular Choc. malt.

I also left out the Malto-dextrin & lactose, 'cause thats just the way timmy rolls.

The first batch my eff. sucked, I made a 1.050-1.013 beer, but it had a really nice finish with pretty noticeable fuggleness.

This batch was 1.061-1.019, big smooth & chocolatey, but less hoppy, perhaps next time I'll up the fuggles just a touch.

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I've brewed a couple of batches of this with a couple of minor changes...

.5oz Northern Brewer for bittering @ 7.8aau , i like thier "minty" flavor in dark beers...

Wyermen CarafaIII instead of the chocolate malt. It's dehusked & is supposed to be smoother than regular Choc. malt.

I also left out the Malto-dextrin & lactose, 'cause thats just the way timmy rolls.

The first batch my eff. sucked, I made a 1.050-1.013 beer, but it had a really nice finish with pretty noticeable fuggleness.

This batch was 1.061-1.019, big smooth & chocolatey, but less hoppy, perhaps next time I'll up the fuggles just a touch.
I was just revisiting this recipe yesterday and ordered some stuff to do again.

Tis a nice one on a cold winter night.
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I'm on this 2.5 gallon stovetop AG kick right now, it started out for an article I was writing, but I'm just having a blast doing these small batches. I was looking for a porter to do and stumbled upon yours, (and since I trust and respect you, I figured it would be good, and it looked tasty) so I brewed it today....It was probably the smoothest brew I've ever done, and hit my numbers perfectly. It smells wonderful and I can't wait to taste it....

I'm also doing a mini batch of your centennial blonde this week....I've never brewed anything so close to a BMC in terms of color, etc so I'm looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for posting these!

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I'm on this 2.5 gallon stovetop AG kick right now, it started out for an article I was writing, but I'm just having a blast doing these small batches. I was looking for a porter to do and stumbled upon yours, (and since I trust and respect you, I figured it would be good, and it looked tasty) so I brewed it today....It was probably the smoothest brew I've ever done, and hit my numbers perfectly. It smells wonderful and I can't wait to taste it....

I'm also doing a mini batch of your centennial blonde this week....I've never brewed anything so close to a BMC in terms of color, etc so I'm looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for posting these!

This might be a stupid question, but on those mini batches what do you ferment in? A regular 5 gallon carboy? Also, is it easy to convert those small batches back to a 5 gallon batches? I am trying to find ways to perfect my recipes so it doesn't hit the pocket so hard and so if I do need to keep replicating it and tweaking it, I have 1 case and not 2 cases every time. Sounds silly but it works out somehow.....
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This might be a stupid question, but on those mini batches what do you ferment in? A regular 5 gallon carboy? Also, is it easy to convert those small batches back to a 5 gallon batches? I am trying to find ways to perfect my recipes so it doesn't hit the pocket so hard and so if I do need to keep replicating it and tweaking it, I have 1 case and not 2 cases every time. Sounds silly but it works out somehow.....
Well, I'm working on an article blowing the dust off your old Mr Beer and doing small batch AG on a stovetop and fermenting in that, but you can also use 3 gallon betterbottles also a lot more 3 gallon spring water jusgs are showing up as <1> and <2> nowadays, so if you look around you can use them as well...I found one yesterday at a grocery store for 5.99 with three gallons of water, that of course became my brewing water.
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Well, I'm working on an article blowing the dust off your old Mr Beer and doing small batch AG on a stovetop and fermenting in that, but you can also use 3 gallon betterbottles also a lot more 3 gallon spring water jusgs are showing up as <1> and <2> nowadays, so if you look around you can use them as well...I found one yesterday at a grocery store for 5.99 with three gallons of water, that of course became my brewing water.
Cool! Thanks! I've seen those plastic water jugs about the grocery stores.
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That's it.

I'm going to have to crack that last (14 month old) bottle tonight.

Thanks Revvy...
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Well I cracked my first one today. i kind of lost track of when I bottled it, but I believe it is exactly 3 weeks...and...

It is exquisite...it is quite silky while at the same time being chewy from the oats. It poured with a nice head that dissolved into a nice lacing on the surface as I drink it...It almost has a liccorice-ness like in some of those historical porters, probably from all the chocolate, yet the lactose gives it a nice sweetness to balance it.

I can't pay this enough compliments, BM..It is an awesome Porter at only 3 weeks in the bottle...I can't wait to taste it in a couple months!

Thanks for posting it!!!

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Hey BierMuncher, I'm thinking of brewing this in a couple of weeks in order to have to drink during those cold Kansas winter days and nights. I'd like to go as cheap as possible and use some dry yeast. Which would you recommend, US-04 or US-05? Or would you recommend sticking with the Wyeast?

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