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Old 10-08-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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This beer is a GREAT base Porter. Has a very, very balanced profile to it. Very drinkable, even among people who are afraid of dark beers!


Recipe: ALL GRAIN

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 7.68 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.061 SG
Estimated Color: 42.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 33.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.3 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 67.6 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 3 11.3 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 4 5.6 %
11.0 oz Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 5 5.2 %
8.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt Grain 6 3.8 %
6.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.8 %
0.75 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 21.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Willamette [5.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 9 11.4 IBUs
2.00 oz Dutch Cocoa Powder- Boil 10.0 min
1.10 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 10 -
1.0 pkg London ESB Ale (Wyeast Labs #1968) [124. Yeast 11 -


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 13 lbs 5.0 oz
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Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 18.64 qt of water at 163.5 F 153.0 F 60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.02gal, 4.09gal) of 168.0 F water




I fermented mine out, and added 2 vanilla beans to secondary. Added a great finish to the beer. If you want more chocolate flavor, up the addition, but I think 2 oz is enough to give a hint to it, but not overpower it.

This is a great beer, not extremely chewy, but has plenty of smoothness to it that it slide down easy.. Very easy drinker.


I get compliments on this all the time, and have converted plenty of people who aren't craft drinkers and who think dark beers are scary.. They tell me that are indeed scary.. but scary good!!

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This looks great. I've been looking for a nice simple porter recipe to play around with. I think I'm gonna take yours, add a little more base and chocolate malts, add a bit of honey malt and take a crack at a chocolate cherry porter! (obviously will be adding cocoa and cherries too)

I like the vanilla idea too. Hope you dont mind the molestation of your recipe too much! I'll report back, looks like it'll be on deck this weekend along with my 10gal cream ale.

Gonna shoot for OG of about 1.075 and planning on using S-04 for the first time.

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By all means make it your own! Let us know how it turns out.

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Anyone have a good partial extract version of something like this? I too would like to try a chocolate, cherry, oatmeal porter.

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Anyone have a good partial extract version of something like this? I too would like to try a chocolate, cherry, oatmeal porter.
If you have Beersmith, it should be pretty easy to have it convert. You could use a light DME or LME if you want, and steep the specialty grains, and add the extract for the base grain I have there.

It says on BS that it's 7 lb 11oz of Liquid Malt Extract for the base grain.

Since this has oatmeal in it, you could add it to your special grains, which will give you a smooth body and great head retention, or you could sub in some Carafoam/CaraPils to do the same thing in the extract version.

I think the easiest way, will be 5# of DME for the base grain, and then steep the rest of the grains in a bag, for 30 minutes in 155* water.
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About how long did you ferment? When did you move to secondary?

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I fermented for 2 weeks I think it was, and racked to secondary on the vanilla beans. I did it for roughly a week or two I think. I tasted it every couple of days and let it get to where I wanted.

Ferment until it's done and then let it clean up a bit. Rack it, and it'll finish up in secondary if you were in a hurry.

This beer gets smoother with age too, but it's silky right out of the gate. I'm still drinking on a keg of it now.

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Gonna pick up the stuff for this tonight to brew this weekend and I'm gonna serve this for Christmas do you think that's enough time for this beer. I keg by the way. Thanks.

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Oh yeah.. it'll be ready by Christmas easy.

When I get home, I'll toss up my timeline on what I did.. I'd say from grain to glass in 5 weeks for kegging would be easy to do.

On the base malts, MO would probably work really nice too in here. I might try that next time I brew it. My keg is getting low, it's a damn good beer. So smooth and easy to drink, but around 4-5 big pints and I'm ready to sleep on the couch!

Also- I'd advise on trying vanilla beans secondary( or primary if thats your thing ).. It really leaves a nice finish to the beer.

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One more question does this have a nice sweet finish or a little hop bite? I will secondary this on the vanilla bean. There will be a few of the I don't like dark beer because its bitter people there and I'd love for this to make them change there minds. If not more for me lol.

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