Every December my friend Kevin comes home to visit for the holidays, and every December we proceed to play lots of video games, drink lots of beer, and have a grand ol’ time. This year was no exception, however this was the first year that Kevin started home brewing! With a little encouragement from myself, Kevin has brewed about a half dozen batches of beer now and the last few have turned out pretty good!
I was due for a brew session around the time that he visited, so we decided to make a day of it. We broke out the whole brew system as you can see in the picture above, and brewed a robust porter from Jamil’s classic styles book that my wife selected. I planned to put a little spin on the recipe by adding cacao nibs to the finished beer for a nice dark chocolate taste.
The brew day was pretty much autopilot the whole time, minus a lower than planned started gravity. My OG was 1.058, which translated to a final ABV of 5.5%. At first this annoyed me to no end but I later realized that having a 5.5% beer on tap is a great thing. This beer borders on sessionable, the body on this beer is perfect, and the flavor is fantastic. Since the beer has gone on tap, I have enjoyed at least a pint every night. I also attended my first home brew club meeting this week, and I received lots of compliments on this beer.
After the boil was complete, I pitched my 1.5L yeast starter and walked away. The beer fermented in about 4-5 days and dropped really clear. I moved the beer to a keg, added my nibs into my stainless steel dry hopper, and let the beer sit for about 2 weeks. Once the two weeks were over, I removed the nibs, chilled the keg down to serving temps, and force carbonated.
I am really enjoying this beer and I need to put some of it in a few bottles to send to Kevin.
I believe he also made a porter when he got home, we’ll have to compare the results…
First try porter, now with nibs!!!
All Grain Recipe
|Batch Size: 6.00 gal||Style: Robust Porter (12B)|
|Boil Size: 8.02 gal||Style Guide: BJCP 2008|
|Color: 30.9 SRM||Equipment: MY GEAR Pot and Cooler ( 5 Gal/19 L) – All Grain|
|Bitterness: 28.2 IBUs||Boil Time: 60 min|
|Est OG: 1.064 (15.6° P)||Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body|
|Est FG: 1.015 SG (3.7° P)||Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage|
|ABV: 6.5%||Taste Rating: 30.0|
|10 lbs 8.0 oz||Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)||Grain||1|
|1 lbs 6.0 oz||Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)||Grain||2|
|14.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM)||Grain||3|
|11.0 oz||Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)||Grain||4|
|8.0 oz||Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)||Grain||5|
|1.8 oz||Goldings, East Kent [5.0%] – Boil 60 min||Hops||6|
|0.8 oz||Fuggles [4.5%] – Boil 15 min||Hops||7|
|0.8 oz||Goldings, East Kent [5.0%] – Boil 0 min||Hops||8|
|1 pkgs||California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)||Yeast||9|
2 ounces of Theo’s Chocolates cacao nibs were added during secondary.