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Old 07-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #1
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Default English Porter recipe idea

Hey guys, looking for a little feedback. My Dad wants me to brew him up an English Porter style beer and I think I have something put together. Can you please let me know how this looks? Trying to keep it simple.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP007 - Dry English Ale
Yeast Starter: No
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 20.5
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 21.0
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days @ 68F
Tasting Notes:

Grains:
8.5 lbs - Maris Otter
1.0 lbs - Crystal 60
0.5 lbs - Chocolate Malt

Hops:
1.0 oz - Fuggles (4.5%) @ 60
0.5 oz - Fuggles (4.5%) @ 15

Mash:
60 mins @ 154F

Yeast:
WLP007 - Dry English Ale

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You will need more dark malt for color. Try 3/4 lb of chocolate and 1/4 lb of black patent.

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I dont want it to be too strong either, so dial back on the maris otter if i add those?

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Do you have beersmith? You could punch in the recipe and play with the grain amounts to get the gravity you are looking for.

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I dont want it to be too strong either, so dial back on the maris otter if i add those?
No. An additional 1/2 lb of dark malt is not going to make the beer stronger as you aren't adding any fermetable sugars. About 10% dark malt is good for a basic porter. At the rate in your recipe the color will be more brown ale than porter, so the choice is yours.
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Yes i have beersmith and thanks for the feedback. I wasnt sure what exactly went into a porter, just a hunch. So before playing with the numbers wanted to make sure i at least get the ingredients right. I was hoping the maris otter would give it that english style taste/feel.

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No. An additional 1/2 lb of dark malt is not going to make the beer stronger as you aren't adding any fermetable sugars. About 10% dark malt is good for a basic porter. At the rate in your recipe the color will be more brown ale than porter, so the choice is yours.
I definately want porter not brown ale.
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I feel like black patent would make it a little "robust", even at 1/4 lb. Not to say that's a bad thing, it just depends on what you want. 1 lb. of chocolate malt did it for me in about a 9 lb. grain bill. Any of these options will make a great beer!

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Cool ill mess around with beersmith again and post a revised recipe for review.

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Needs more brown malt. Add a lb of it and you've got a clone for Fullers London Porter. Though, they use wy1968/wlp002.

I generally find the whitbread yeasts a bit too dry and neutral in flavor for English porters, but hey use what you got. Wy1318, 1968, 1028, 1469 would be nice choices too.

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