Inspired by a recipe at BYO for a chocolate porter along with some advice from BeerAdvocate I brewed this up today:
|Amount||Item||Type||% or IBU|
|12 lbs||Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM)||Grain||83.5 %|
|1 lbs||Biscuit (Dingemans) (22.5 SRM)||Grain||7.0 %|
|1 lbs||Chocolate (Briess) (350.0 SRM)||Grain||7.0 %|
|4.0 oz||Crystal Dark (80.0 SRM)||Grain||1.7 %|
|2.0 oz||Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)||Grain||0.9 %|
|1.00 oz||Chinook [11.90%] (60 min)||Hops||45.9 IBU|
|1.00 oz||Goldings, B.C. [5.50%] (0 min)||Hops||-|
|0.11 oz||Cinnamon Stick (Boil 30.0 min)||Misc|
|0.55 gm||Cloves (Secondary)||Misc|
|1.10 oz||Ginger Root (Boil 15.0 min)||Misc|
|1.65 gm||Mace (Boil 15.0 min)||Misc|
|1.65 gm||Nutmeg (Ground) (Boil 15.0 min)||Misc|
|2.00 gm||Mace (Secondary)||Misc|
|3.00 gm||Ginger Root (Secondary)||Misc|
|3.00 gm||Nutmeg (Ground) (Secondary)||Misc|
|5.50 lb||Roasted Pumpkin (Mash)||Misc|
|6.00 gm||Cinnamon Stick (Secondary)||Misc|
|8.00 oz||Malto-Dextrine (Boil 5.0 min)||Misc|
|1 Pkgs||Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007)||Yeast-Ale|
So far it smeels and tastes great with a rich chocolatey body and a slight amount of spice and pumkin in the background. The color is black as night, perfect for a good Halloween party. I mixed up a starter 2 days ago and the yeast went into the carboy and started active fermentation within a few hours of picthing
Original Gravity is 1.075
Est. Final Gravity is 1.018
Est. ABV 7.3%
To celebrate the season, I whacked off the tip of my finger — well, most of the fingernail on my index finger of my left hand — while cutting up veggies for dinner. Blood everywhere. Yay.
Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Halloween.
Hey, this sounds like a great brew. It's been about a month, right? How are things going? Any sampling yet?
Yes, I have had a few bottles so far. The spices are mainly in the nose, not in the body of the beer. It's a bit under carbonated, not exactly sure what mistake I am making to cause that to happen. This is going to be great on Thanksgiving with dessert!
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