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Old 10-31-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
Sep 2008
Atlanta, GA
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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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Old 10-31-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
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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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Old 10-31-2008, 04:57 PM   #4
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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)


White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1800 ml starter

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
Drinking Arrogant Bastard clone, Belgian Dark Strong ale, Oktoberfest
Primary APA
On Deck Kate RIS clone, Russian River APA clone, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout clone, Green Flash IPA clone

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