Monday, January 12, 2009

Brew Day: Smoked Porter

And we're really back. Broke the first rule of blogging: never, ever, promise updates...

So I'm trying to use up my stockpile of grains before we move, and I had three and a half pounds of beechwood-smoked German rauchmalt. Fresh from scoring a bottle of 2004 Alaskan Smoked Porter in Seattle over the break, I decided to shoot for a smoked porter. I've made one before, using actual alder-smoked malt like Alaskan does, and it was great. Also, this month's club competition style is porters, which happen to be one of my least favorite beer styles. That said, those I do like area bit on the hoppy side, and Willamettes go great with darker beers, and EKGs are just traditional, so I used those. I used Maris as the base for no particular reason other than I had more of it than I had Pale, which you could switch for no problem. Gravity came out a bit low, but otherwise seems to be chugging away. Will go into the secondary in a couple days.

Smoked Porter
Robust Porter

Type: All Grain

Date: 1/5/2009

Batch Size: 5.25 gal

Boil Size: 7.48 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
6 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 50.00 %
3 lbs 8.0 oz Smoked Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 29.17 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 8.33 %
12.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
8.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 4.17 %
4.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 2.08 %
1.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (90 min) Hops 26.8 IBU
0.75 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 10.6 IBU
0.75 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 6.8 IBU
0.50 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
1 Pkgs SafBrew Ale (Dry SA-05) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.058 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity:
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.56 % Actual Alcohol by Vol:
Bitterness: 44.2 IBU Calories:
Est Color: 41.4 SRM Color:

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body Total Grain Weight: 12.00 lb
Sparge Water: 3.90 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5.4 PH

Single Infusion, Medium Body
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 3.72 gal of water at 165.4 F 150.0 F
10 min Mash Out Add 2.10 gal of water at 206.9 F 168.0 F


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