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Old 02-08-2006, 06:50 PM   #1
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I hope this one comes close to what I like.

Walker's Holy Grail
(my ideal porter, attempt #12)


Grains (steeped at 160
F for 45 minutes)
1.0 # brown malt
1.0 # chocolate malt
0.5 # 40L crystal

Extract
6.0 # extra light DME

Hops
@ 60 minutes
- 1.5 oz Kent Goldings
- 1.0 oz Fuggles

@ 30 minutes
- 0.5 oz Fuggles

@ 15 minutes
- 0.5 oz Fuggles

Dry
- 0.5 oz Kent Goldings

Yeast
have not decided yet. one of these, most likely:
1084 Irish Ale
1318 London Ale III

Specs (approximations)
OG 1.055
FG 1.013
5.4% ABV
35 IBUs
31 SRM / 84 HCU



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Old 02-09-2006, 05:54 PM   #2
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why the extra light DME....will the brown & chocolate make it dark enough?...and just using the EL DME for fermentables?...



 
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:02 PM   #3
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I use extra light DME as much as possible, and darken the beer with roasted grains or darker crystal when I want to have a dark beer. extra light DME is the most versatile malt extract in terms of achieving the color you want, becase you can make a REALLY light colored beer with it alone, or make a dark colored beer with the use of some specialty grains.

As for this recipe, the color comes in at about 31 SRM, and that's plenty dark enough for a brown porter.

With regards to the fermentables: what is your concern that I get all of my fermentables from the extract? if you are an extract brewer, that's simply where your fermentables come from. steeping a pound or two of grains doesn't add a lot of sugar to your wort.
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:12 PM   #4
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As far as using extra light DME, as Walker mentioned, it just lets you make the widest range of beers. Once you start steeping specialty grains, there's not much point in using darker varieties of DME.

There's also been some congecture whether lighter DME's have higher protein content (better head retention and such), but I haven't seen anything solid on that.
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:16 PM   #5
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also, it's important to note that DME is DME is DME in terms of fermentablilty (as long as you are comparing DMEs from teh same manufacturer). The color of that DME does not affect anything other than the color.

I mention this in case you were thinking that the ligher the DME, the less fermentable sugar it has in it. It doesn't.



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Old 02-09-2006, 06:17 PM   #6
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Does brown malt have another name, I am not familiar?
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:17 PM   #7
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It's basically pale malt that has been toasted a little bit.

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Old 02-09-2006, 06:21 PM   #8
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yummy! let us know sounds like my type of porter.

I've been enjoying this one...tasty as well FWIW positively porter recipe

6 lbs. Light Malt Extract
1.75 lbs. Special B Malt
1.25 lbs. Roasted Barley, 300 L
0.5 lbs. Chocolate Malt
0.33 lbs. Black Patent Malt

1.25 oz. Nugget, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 60 min.
1.0 oz. Chinook, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 30 min.
1.0 oz. Chinook, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 0 min.

Wyeast 1056 pitched on a SNPA primary yeast cake
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:28 PM   #9
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Quote:
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yummy! let us know sounds like my type of porter.

I've been enjoying this one...tasty as well FWIW positively porter recipe

6 lbs. Light Malt Extract
1.75 lbs. Special B Malt
1.25 lbs. Roasted Barley, 300 L
0.5 lbs. Chocolate Malt
0.33 lbs. Black Patent Malt

1.25 oz. Nugget, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 60 min.
1.0 oz. Chinook, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 30 min.
1.0 oz. Chinook, 13.0% Alpha Acid, 0 min.

Wyeast 1056 pitched on a SNPA primary yeast cake
Damn, that's a LOT of special B and roasted barley. Doesn't this come out tasting like charcoal and raisens? (I hate raisens.)

I've got no problem with roasted barley, but I find that I only use it when making a stout.

That definately looks like a [email protected] roastey and bitter beer, for sure.

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Old 02-09-2006, 06:34 PM   #10
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Doesn't making darker extract involve using roasted grains? And then you wouldn't know exactly what the makeup is (or could vary from brand to brand) and it could be counter to your recipe? Just askin'.



 
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