Porter in the Making

IMG_1350I have been hibernating for a bit but finally managed to brew up some beer a couple of weeks ago. Winter seems to have finally arrived  so a rich, dark beer in anticipation of the rain is in order. I put together what I hope will be a nice robust porter. It’s a recipe based on Jamil Zainashef’s Black Widow Porter found in “Brewing Classic Styles.” The difference is I used Willamette hops instead of Goldings and threw in a little more crystal malt than his recipe calls for. Check out the recipe below. Hopefully the results are tasty.

I finally got a chance to use my Blichman Hop Rocket too. Worked beautifully! I really want to use it for something a bit more hop forward, but it was nice to see it used effectively as a filter. I used pellet hops throughout the boil and then put an ounce of Fuggle hops in the Hop Rocket. The resulting wort was clear and clean. I’m pretty happy with the results. I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow on the Czech Pils I’ll be brewing.  I’ll be sure to post the result and recipes for both beers. Cheers!

No Name Porter Recipe

6 Gallons, OG: 1.062-1.066, IBU: 38


15.75 lbs Golden Promise

1.5 lbs Munich

1.5 lbs Crystal 40

.75 lbs Chocolate malt

.5 lbs Black Patent


2 oz Willamette pellets 4.7% AA  60 min

0.625 oz Willamette pellets 4.7% AA 15 min

1 oz Fuggle whole leaf 4.1% AA 0 min (hop back/whirlpool)


Wyeast 1056 American Ale

fermented at 66 degrees F.




3 thoughts on “Porter in the Making

    • Hmmm…That could be really tasty. I’ve never tried or even seen any available commercially which is weird because chocolate and orange go together pretty well. You should give it a try and see how it goes! You could use a combination of orange zest, some juice and some citrus forward hops. If you give it a go, let me know how it turns out.

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