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Old 10-31-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Basic high gravity Porter recipe for a Christmas Ale...

Hi all-

I'm trying to put together a recipe for a holiday porter. I've searched through the recipe database for a basic starting point recipe for a robust Porter that would go well with some other spices such as Cinnamon & Ginger, but I haven't found anything that really jumped out at me. I'm not a huge hophead, so I'd prefer it to be a little on the mellower side in that respect. If it isn't obvious (this being the Extract forum) I'm currently only using Extract & steeping additional grains. If anyone has a recipe I'd really appreciate it.

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Old 10-31-2008, 04:24 PM   #2
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I've never heard of someone adding holiday spices to a Porter. You maybe in uncharted territory. Sounds like you get to do some fun experimentation.



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You're familiar with the flavors of Robust Porter, right? Time to start thinking about what spices might blend well with that. I'd think cinnamon, clove and ginger, but I'm no expert.

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I think it might be a little late for a high gravity beer for Christmas. There is a beer recipe called Denny Conn's Imperial vanilla bourbon porter but folks recommend to let sit for a few months conditioning. Think what might go w/ vanilla. Here it is:

Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter ::: 1.079/1.017 (6 Gal)

Grain Bill (70% Efficiency assumed)

13 lb.- 2-Row Pale Malt
2.5 lb. - Munich Malt (15 L)
1.5 lb. - Brown Malt
1 lb. - Crystal Malt (120L)
1/2 lb. - Crystal Malt (40L)
1/2 lb. - Chocolate Malt
Extras :
Kentucky Bourbon (Jim Beam, Knob Creek, etc.)
Real, Whole Vanilla Beans (Extract just won't do)
Oak Chips or Cubes
Hop Schedule (37 IBU)

1 oz - Magnum Hops (60 min)
1/2 oz - E.K. Goldings (10 min)

Yeast

White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1800 ml starter
Mash/Sparge/Boil

Mash at 153° for 60 min.
Sparge as usual
Cool and ferment at about 68° Add Vanilla Beans after primary - rack 7 to 14 days
Add Bourbon at bottling (1 to 1.75 cups - don't overdo this!)
Infuse Bourbon beforehand with Oak Chips/Cubes if you want.

EDIT: extract conversion
13 lbs 2 row = 8lbs light DME
2.5 munich = 2 lbs munich LME

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