Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Last Chance Porter

I'm making this mostly for a friend and coworker, but I'm going to bottle 2.5 gallons for myself. I've tried to make two previous porters and I messed up so badly and they turned out to be so horrible, I ended up dumping down the drain. Anyways, if this one doesn't turn out well, I'm banning porters permanently. This recipe is loosly based on a Deschutes Black Butte Porter clone I found online. I upped and changed the grain bill, switched the yeast, and changed the hop bill

7.5 gallon batch
16.5 lbs Great Western 2row
1.5 lbs Maltextro Crystal 60
2 lbs Maltextro Dark Chocolate

1/2 oz Nugget @60
1 oz Cascade @30
1 oz Hallertau @2

6.5 gallons @ 168
Collected 3 gallons
5.6 gallons @185
Collected 5.5 gallons

Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale

Yeast Nutrient @2

4-5-2011--I messed up the water calculations and ended up only getting 3 gallons. To make up for this, I upped the sparge water a gallon. I hit my temps and expected gravity (1.066) so I guess it was fine. Hop spider worked well.
4-8-2011--Gravity down to 1.026 I'll sit on it for another two days, bottle Sunday, and and most of it over on Monday. How sketchy is it to bring 5 gallons of bottled beer to a school to hand it off to another teacher?
4-9-2011--Bottled. I got twenty-four 22s for my buddy and twenty-four 12 ouncers plus a 22 for myself. I like it. Big roasty taste and nothing much else going on, a lot like Black Butte.
4-21-2011--Took the above picture. Hoppy aroma with roast. Big roasty foretaste with a hoppy finish. I'm not sure why it's so hoppy, maybe cut the bittering hop IBU in half next time. Pretty close to BBP but mine's probably more hoppy. I like it.
4-23-2011--Got this text from the buddy I brewed this for: "Paula (his girlfriend) says 'one of the best porters i've evr had, and i've had many.'" I guess they like it too.


  1. Where's the Hallertau from? Must have scored some!

  2. Mmmmm, hallertau. By the way, what hops are you growing in you yard?

  3. Probably no more sketchy bringing it to school than the guy I know who brings it to church to give to co-workers and friends...

  4. That looks delicious. I may be out to Brew Brothers tomorrow or Saturday...I'll try one then!