Old Blind Sow Brown Porter
This is one of my favorite beers. I formulated this a number of years ago in an attempt to recreate the entire guile butt beers of the late 1700s. I originally wanted to use a lot of Brown Malt, but it was not readily available to me at the time. I doubt I will ever revise to replace the Chocolate, its just too dang good as is. The secret to making this beer is to ferment cool, in the low 60s, (rousing the yeast every couple of days), and long. The last batch I brewed was in Primary for 6-weeks. It had been a couple of years since I brewed up a batch, and I had forgotten just how much I like it, Im down to just a few bottles and Im going to cry when its gone. It has a rich flavor with just the right amount of a roasted taste, and is hopped just enough for balance. Color is a dark brown with a creamy moderate head.
For 5-gallon batch
8-pounds Maris Otter Malt
1-pound Crystal Malt 60L
0.5-pound Chocolate Malt
1.25 oz Fuggle Hops pellets (4.5 AA) 60-minutes
0.50 oz Fuggle Hops pellets (4.5 AA) 15-minutes
Single infusion mash at 154-degrees for 60-minutes with 3-gallons of strike water. Batch sparge in two steps at 170 degrees. Boil volume is 6-gallons. 60-minute boil. Boil low, just barely boiling. I use my high carbonate (limestone, no sulfates, no iron) water without any adjustment.