Brew Day: Chocolate Maple Porter

Today I am brewing a Porter, not that I am a big fan of dark beers, this recipe just sounded tasty. It is a blend of malts including American 2-row, chocolate malt and crystal 10 and 20. Yes, I changed the recipe. I didn’t have the exact malts (black patent) so I played a little. This porter will use fuggle hops and real Michigan maple syrup to (hopefully) create a nice, easy to drink beginner dark beer.

Recipe: (coming soon)

Since I recently discovered how little efficiency I’ve been getting, I multiplied the grain bill by 40% in hopes of hitting a reasonable OG.

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The first step in homebrewing is to pour a homebrew. Not sure who came up with the rule, but I plan on following it for now…the last thing I need is for the brewing police to show up….

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Mashing is done, sparge is done, time for the boil…

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Just like lobsters, hops scream when you boil them, but it’s ok – they taste better this way.

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At about the 59 minute mark, i poured in the maple syrup. After the wort was cooled, I racked it into my nice one gallon fermentors and took a gravity reading with my handy dandy refractometer…1.058! My goal was 1.048…but I’ll roll with this one, it’s better than being 10 points under!

Time to ferment!

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The yeast took a little while to get rolling, but just 24 hours later the krausen had peaked right at the top of the jug. Yay beer!

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3 thoughts on “Brew Day: Chocolate Maple Porter

  1. Hello there! I am hoping to start homebrewing on the 1 gallon scale. How do these 1 gallon jugs do with blowoff? So many people are doing it that I can’t believe it is too big an issue but when I read the stories about the mess that 5 gallons can make with much more headroom i start to wonder. I cannot seem to find enough information about headspace issues for 1 gallon batches. If you can provide some insight that would be great!

    • I always use a blow off tube, half the time all the wort scum stays in the jug, the other times I get about a half cup of junk in my sanitized blow off cup. But I definitely recommend using a blow off tube for the first few days.

      • Great! Thanks, I’m enjoying reading about your brewing adventures! Keep it up and I hope to start brewing soon myself.

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