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Old 11-04-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Critique my recipe? Fortified coconut porter

Hi all,
Never made a porter before, would like to build a smooth, full-tasting, chocolatey one that is relatively low on the harsher bitter coffee taste. I'd like to keep it not really sweet, but I have found that I need to balance chocolate malt with some carmel/crystal to balance the bite.

I think I will split it and fortify half with a bottle of malibu to give some coconut and rum flavour for winter warmth.

Any thoughts on this recipe for a 5 gal batch? I'm thinking mash around 152, and use either sa-04, or danstar windsor dry yeast.

Brewer: smith Email: - Beer: fortified coconut porter Style: Robust Porter Type: All grain Size: 5 gallons Color: 61 HCU (~25 SRM)
Bitterness: 41 IBU OG: 1.072 FG: 1.018 Alcohol: 7.0% v/v (5.5% w/w)
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10 lb. American 2-row
1 lb. Toasted 2-row(1hr at 275)
.5 lb. American crystal 60L
.5 lb. American crystal 90L
.5 lb. American chocolate
.02 lb. Roasted barley
.25 lb. Rolled oats
.25 lb. Flaked wheat Mash: 75% efficiency Boil: minutes SG 1.055 6.5 gallons .2 lb. Molasses Hops: 1 oz. Centennial (10.5% AA, 60 min.)
.5 oz. Fuggles (4.75% AA, 30 min.)
.5 oz. Fuggles (aroma)
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of Mailbu so I would add the coconut to the secondary. I did this with an AHS toased coconut porter kit and it turned out awesome.


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Old 11-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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I had a coconut porter when I was in Hawaii.

It said on the can that they use a little bit of roasted coconut, but really Im sure what gave it it's coconut milk flavor was lactose sugar.

I would look into using some of that.. mabye .5-1lb
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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It said on the can that they use a little bit of roasted coconut, but really Im sure what gave it it's coconut milk flavor was lactose sugar.

I would look into using some of that.. mabye .5-1lb
I'm trying to follow this. Why do you think the coconut flavor came from lactose?
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The milky flavor came from lactose.. it didn't have a strong coconut taste.
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I don't mind malibu.. in fact I thought the rum flavour might compliment well as well.

Also curious about the coconut... I can get shredded unsweetened at the grocer ... should I just toast it a bit and secondary? I was worried the oils in the coconut might hard the head.
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brewed it today... came out a WONDERFUL colour. Hydrometer sample tasted very bitter, but that happens. Missed OG though... guess I didn't get the boil off I thought.
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I know this is late but I used the unsweetened shredded stuff. Unsweetened being the key.
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I'm about a year late here, but how did the recipe come out? What would you do differently in your next batch?
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I did the AHS kit and I will say that I had a lot of loss in the secondary because the coconut does not/did not settle out very well. I only ended up with a little over 4 gallons or so so next time I will reconfigure for that additional loss. The SO is pushing for me to do this beer again so it might be soon.


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