Thursday, February 16, 2012

Brew Day: Session Porter

Bet you didn't see this one coming. Following along with my whole "brown porter" and "session beer" brewing theme, I thought it would be fitting to actually and brew what I've been blabbering on about. You know how it goes... put up or shut up. The recipe I am using today is a collaboration brew I helped make a long while ago and actually found its way into a brewpub beer tasting event. It has pretty much all the elements of a good, flavorful porter with the added bonus that you can drink it all day and not get **** faced. A healthful and rejuvenating, low - alcohol tonic! For those of you who are card carrying members of the "I'm too much of a snob to drink session beer" club, your probably reading the wrong blog. Gravity wise, this beer weighs in somewhere around 4.2% abv and tastes similar to a smaller Fullers London porter. The grist isn't that complicated, just maris otter, chocolate, medium crystal, brown, and pale chocolate malts. As I said before, a little bit of pale chocolate adds a nice toasty character to the beer without much roast flavor. I imagine a small amount of black malt would be a nice addition too. There you have it. Brown porter. An uncomplicated and delicious tasting beer, best brewed and consumed with friends. Not in front of a computer and not while obsessing over the top BA beer lists. Just a honest pint.

London Porter IV
Yeoman Porter : Brown Porter
Recipe Specifics:
Batch Size (Gal): 4.0
Total Grain (Lbs): 6.35
Anticipated OG: 1.042
Anticipated FG: 1.010
Anticipated SRM: 28
Anticipated IBU: 25
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

78.7% - 5.0 lbs. Pale Malt, Maris Otter
7.1%   - 0.45 lbs. Chocolate Malt
5.5%   - 0.35 lbs. Brown Malt
5.5%   - 0.35 lbs. Crystal 60L
3.1%   - 0.20 lbs. Pale Chocolate 200L
1.0 oz. UK Fuggles @ 60 min for 23 IBU
0.50 oz. UK Fuggles @ 5 min for 2 IBU

Yeast: Wyeast 1318 London III
Mash 156F for 75 min

Brewed on 12 February


  1. Great looking beer. Been itching to brew a session dark beer for my mom who is coming out in a few months. This one it shall be. I completely agree on the pale chocolate. Great toastyness without the harshness.

    1. This should make a very tasty, session beer. I just started drinking my latest Fullers clone and that is very tasty too.

  2. I brewed this and it was AWESOME! Great recipe... I had to substitute dry SafeAle 04 yeast which seemed to work out well. Thank you for the great recipe, will definitely brew it again.


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