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Old 05-20-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Thinking of making a coffee porter for my next brew. Gonna do a partial mash, then rack into secondary with 20 oz of cold coffee. It's my own recipe that I put into beer tools pro, and I think it looks pretty good. Kinda going for Highland Brewing Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, but if it's not exactly like it I'm not gonna be upset.

How's it look to the more seasoned brewers? Thanks in advance guys!

Portkey Coffee Porter
12-B Robust Porter
Author: Spencer Klickman
Date: 5/20/12

Original Gravity: 1.062 (1.048 - 1.065)
Terminal Gravity: 1.016 (1.012 - 1.016)
Color: 34.36 (22.0 - 35.0)
Alcohol: 6.11% (4.8% - 6.5%)
Bitterness: 43.1 (25.0 - 50.0)

Ingredients:

1.0*lb (11.8%) Cara-Pils® Malt - added during mash
1.0*lb (11.8%) Black Malt - added during mash
0.5*lb (5.9%) Chocolate Malt - added during mash
0.5*lb (5.9%) Toasted Pale Malt - added during mash
5.5*lb (64.7%) Amber Dry - added during boil, boiled 60.0*m
1.5*oz (37.5%) East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0*m
0.5*oz (12.5%) Northern Brewer (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0*m
2.0*tsp Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15.0*m
2.0*oz (50.0%) East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil 00.0 m

1.0*ea WYeast 1187 Ringwood Ale™
20.0*oz Brewed Coffee - added dry to secondary fermenter

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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That's a lot of black malt. Might give you too much of an acrid, burnt taste.

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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I think i meant to put 1lb chocolate malt and .5 lb black malt. Would that fix it, or would you do even less black malt? Thanks for the reply.

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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I still think that's a lot. Are you adding the black malt for flavor or just for color?

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:55 AM   #5
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More so for color, but still looking for a roasty flavor as well, figured it would work. Keep in mind I have this under a robust porter (12 B) and Beer Tools pro is putting me right at 33.26 srm which is within the guidelines for the style. Or would it be better to swap out the black malt for a pound of caramel malt? Like a 60L or something along those lines?

Or I could do 1/2 lb 60L caramel and 1/4 lb black malt?

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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I put 20oz of FrechPressed coffee in my boil @ 5min. I pressed it, then sat it in a fridge overnight, and skimmed the oils off the top.

It was in an oatmeal stout and the coffee came through pretty nicely.

I think 6oz of black would be max for me. If you want more, look at debittered black.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input man! As you can tell, I've never used black malt before, and I'm definitely glad I came here and asked.

What exactly did you use to skim the oils off the top? I might be interested in doing that instead of racking onto the coffee in the secondary.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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I think 6oz of black would be max for me. If you want more, look at debittered black.
+1.
Debittered will also let the coffee shine more i believe
I would also add some crystal 80 to dial back on the black
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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Here's a picture of the beer that I'm kinda basing my recipe off of to give you guys and idea what I'm shooting for.



This is what my recipe looks like with 1 lb 80L instead of 1/4lb black and 1/2 lb 60L. I'm pretty happy with how the recipe looks, and the coffee is going to add some black color to it as well I'm sure.

Portkey Coffee Porter
12-B Robust Porter
Author: Spencer Klickman
Date: 5/20/12

Original Gravity: 1.065 (1.048 - 1.065)
Terminal Gravity: 1.016 (1.012 - 1.016)
Color: 29.99 (22.0 - 35.0)
Alcohol: 6.37% (4.8% - 6.5%)
Bitterness: 43.1 (25.0 - 50.0)

Ingredients:
1.0*lb (11.1%) 2-Row Caramel Malt 80L - added during mash
1.0*lb (11.1%) Cara-Pils® Malt - added during mash
1.0*lb (11.1%) Chocolate Malt - added during mash
0.5*lb (5.6%) Toasted Pale Malt - added during mash
5.5 lb (61.1%) Amber Dry - added during boil, boiled 60.0 m
1.5*oz (37.5%) East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0*m
0.5*oz (12.5%) Northern Brewer (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0*m
2.0*oz (50.0%) East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil
2.0*tsp Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15.0*m
1.0*ea WYeast 1187 Ringwood Ale™
20.0*oz Brewed Coffee - added dry to secondary fermenter

 
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input man! As you can tell, I've never used black malt before, and I'm definitely glad I came here and asked.

What exactly did you use to skim the oils off the top? I might be interested in doing that instead of racking onto the coffee in the secondary.

Depending on the coffee (I used StarBucks Sumatra which is very dark/earthy and very strong), French pressing will filter less out of the coffee and some oils will stay around. I read before about people skimming the oils off the top.

What about cracking some beans and racking the beer onto them in the secondary? Also, I have been thinking about doing a coffee porter with oak cubes in the secondary as well.

Your recipe looks good. You could always add a few ounces of black (a couple ounces goes a long way, 3oz maybe). It'll give a solid coffee flavor/aroma and balance out the C80 and Chocolate malt's sweetness.
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