1st Prize Porter

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1st Prize Porter

Unread postby BrauTim » Mon May 19, 2014 10:16 pm

This is the recipe for a Porter that won 1st prize in a homebrew competition this weekend, it was my second AG brew and I made a few mistakes with the mash temps (3v HERMS)! I brewed it on 27th July 2013 and it didn't start to come into maturity until the following Feb as it was far too bitter until that point, but then it mellowed and came right for the competition. Unfortunately I had only one bottle left after nearly a year of sampling.

The secret ingredient is the ginger lol, next time I will brew without it and see how it goes.

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Style: Robust Porter
TYPE: All Grain


Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size (fermenter): 21.50 l   
Estimated OG: 1.056 SG
Estimated Color: 23.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 36.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.7 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                             
4.00 kg               Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)                   75.0 %       
0.66 kg               Brown Malt (76.1 SRM)                                12.5 %       
0.55 kg               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (76.1 SRM)         10.4 %       
0.11 kg               Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)                          2.1 %         
64.00 g               Fuggles [4.50 %] - Boil 90.0 min                   32.9 IBUs     
70.00 g               Crystallised Ginger(Boil 12.0 mins)                 
21.00 g               Fuggles [4.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min                   4.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Irish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1084)             


Mash Schedule: Temperature Mash, 1 Step, Full Body
Total Grain Weight: 5.33 kg
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Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Saccharification  Add 14.50 l of water at 75.4 C          68.9 C        40 min       
Mash Out          Heat to 75.6 C over 10 min              75.6 C        10 min       

Sparge: Fly sparge with 23.38 l water at 75.6 C
Notes:
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AG#2

Treated water for dark beer

Mash
Stuck mash on recirc all the time, bit of a nightmare.
Temp was low for 30 mins+ then up to temp for last part (65°C)
pH 5.3

Fermented @ 19°C
start Fermenting on 27/07/13  fridge 19C
53 hours down to 1.015
Tasting like guinness (probably because of Irish Ale yeast)
77 hours Krausen has dropped into beer.
04/08/13 (8 days) 1.012 mixed in polyclar dropped temp to 1c
07/08/13 (11 days) mixed in isinglass, raised temp to 4c
14/08/13 (18 days) kegged at 1.011.  Put into conditioning cupboard around 20C at 10psi.  Tastes like a porter medium dry and medium bitter.
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby Cervantes » Mon May 19, 2014 11:03 pm

Looks good.

Can you taste the ginger?

Does the ginger impart any bitterness?

I've just brewed a porter with a similar IBU, It's in secondary at the moment, but I tried a sample and didn't find it too bitter at all.

I split 50/50 Fuggle and EKG at 60 minutes and then a few more Fuggle at 10 minutes.
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby Nesto » Tue May 20, 2014 4:04 am

Congrats BrauTim!! Way to go :beerbang:
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby BrauTim » Tue May 20, 2014 10:27 pm

I based the recipe on Fullers London Porter out of GW's book and I was aiming to make it a ginger porter, however I'm not sure what the effect the ginger had as this is the only one I've done, there wasn't any ginger taste to it, I think it did impart quite a bit of bitterness, one of the judges only criticism was "more chocolate next time". I'll probably brew this again without ginger, towards the Autumn and see how it goes.

I really enjoy a nicely balanced Porter with a silky mouthfeel, mine didn't really have that silky feeling, maybe it was a more traditional tasting Porter.
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby swiggingpig » Thu May 22, 2014 7:15 pm

Well done Tim !!

The ESB you put on the bar was very nice as well :cheers:
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby BrauTim » Thu May 22, 2014 9:48 pm

swiggingpig wrote:Well done Tim !!

The ESB you put on the bar was very nice as well :cheers:


Cheers, I'm glad Rob didn't enter his Porter, I think that would have beaten mine :D
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Re: 1st Prize Porter

Unread postby cpa4ny » Mon May 26, 2014 2:17 am

Congratulations on the win!

The idea of adding ginger into the porter sounds quite interesting.

I have only added ginger to my saisons so far.

Did you buy ginger in this crystallized state or did you make it yourself?

Looks like it is a fairly straight-forward process:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Crystallized-Ginger

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