Though on Porter with carafa special as the only roasted grains - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Though on Porter with carafa special as the only roasted grains
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 07-13-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 66
Default Though on Porter with carafa special as the only roasted grains

I'm planning on brewing a porter which will only use dehusked carafa as far as roasted grains go.

My goal there is to get as much coffee flavor (and maybe some chocoaltey flavor too) as possible out of the grain with as little dryness/astringency/acrid flavors as possible. Roast is ok, but it should be playing second role here.

I was thinking something along the line of:

78% Marris Otter (3.0SRM)
8% Cystal 80 (80.0SRM)
4% Caramunich (56.0SRM)

4% Dehusked Carafa Special I (337.0 SRM)
4% Dehusked Carafa Special II (412.0 SRM)
2% Dehusked Carafa Special III (525.0 SRM)

Did anyone tried something along that line ? What are your thoughts ?

PtotheL is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Santa Clarita, SoCal
Posts: 1,366
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 7


I have used Carafa for Porters before and no other roasts. I've even used it for oatmeal stouts. It's all personal. I have decided that Carafa is not for me. The flavor is just....well.....weird to me. Doesn't suit my palate I guess. Think of a dunkel without the yeast notes.

When I see a dark beer, I want a little bite of roasted barley or a chocolate malt flavor - I am not really a fan of blackened IPA's for this reason, too. If you want to smoothe it out, how about coffee malt and chocolate malts? If you want it dark you could add a bit of black patent for color adjustment.

Just my $0.02.
Being Dealt (kegged): Carbed Crystal light lemonade for the boys, Delta Bravo IPA, Applewinder
Primary: Climbing stout
Primary #2: ESB
Big Blind: Pucker Bitter
Small Blind:
Tasty Remembrances: White 'N Nerdy, Dynamite Red (Hop bursted), APA, The Bonaduce (irish Red), runners stout, ridgeback brown,

from my big ass computer sitting on my floor
Kayos is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carafa Special II instead of Roasted Barley? Kayos Recipes/Ingredients 1 01-31-2011 06:02 AM
Carafa and light roasted barley thevalkrye Recipes/Ingredients 5 10-28-2009 02:36 AM
Carafa Special and Water Adjustments Ketchepillar Recipes/Ingredients 1 10-22-2009 03:50 PM
Crystal 120 and Carafa Special help in a stout Strngcheez Recipes/Ingredients 2 12-04-2008 06:53 PM
Carafa and Carafa Special cgruelle Recipes/Ingredients 3 10-07-2008 07:23 PM

Forum Jump