New Brew: Honey Porter & A Brew Demon IPA

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This year I’ve purchased a BrewDemon+ from Northern Brewer, and I’m slowly ramping up the size of my homebrewing. I don’t quite think I’m to the stage yet where I can comfortably do proper homebrewing in real sizes. But honestly, I enjoy doing the 1 and 2 gallon recipes and playing around with them.

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I’m hoping this Dead Ringer IPA turns out. In the meantime, I decided to use the extra dry yeast to brew a 1 gallon honey porter.

This is a variation on the White House Honey Porter, but I’ll say very loose. My first step was mixing together a 5 ounce steeping grains bag half Gambrinus Honey Malt and half English Black Malt. I steeped these grains for just over ten minutes.

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The dry malt extract I had available to me was a pound of Briess Traditional Dark. After slowly mixing it in and bringing the whole to a boil, I added the first hop edition, 4 grams of Cluster. The boil time was 45 minutes. At the end of it, I stirred in the second hop edition, 4 grams of Magnum, and then added 2 ounces of my mother-in-law’s domestic honey from Minnesota.

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An ice bath, siphoning, and yeast addition later, I had a rather dark looking porter.

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A week of fermenting and it was ready to bottle.

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The result…

Nine smooth porters. After having a few misses with the last stuff I’ve brewed, it was good to make something that was a solid double, to use a baseball term.

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6 thoughts on “New Brew: Honey Porter & A Brew Demon IPA

  1. Hey man – just wanted to drop by and say that there is no shame at all in brewing 1-2 gallon batches. I typically brew small batches (1.5 gallons) and prefer it that way.

    Sure, 5 gallons of a solid beer is alright, but I like to brew frequently (as in 6+ batches a month). There is NO WAY I could do that in larger sizes. Besides, it gives me more variety to choose from and allows me to develop a solid routine. Also makes it easy to refine processes and troubleshoot issues.

    I also think of it like a pilot system. Anything that turns out solid, I’ll brew it at a larger size. Win-win in my book!

    Keep up the good work and let us know how this porter tastes when you pop the top!

    1. That was my thinking when I first got the kit. Smaller batches but more varieties of beer, I’ve learned a lot from doing 1 gallons. Slow build in confidence & skill. plus, it’s so much cheaper to get started homebrewing with 1/2 gallon recipes.

  2. I totally agree as well with the comments from Bryan!

    I brewed 5 gallon batches for years (and I still do occasionally, especially to have something I really like in my kegerator), but found I brewed so much less often because of the cost and then it took forever for me to drink this much beer all on my own.

    I moved to all-grain a few months ago and have loved doing 1 gallon all-grain BIAB batches. It’s super cheap, plus allowed me to develop my craft and experiment. The batches I’ve been doing typically have like 2 pounds of grain and so with that plus hops and yeast, it’s like < $10 a batch.

    Good job with these beers! 🙂

    1. Grab a cheap corona mill (like 18 bucks on Amazon) and buy your grain on MoreBeer.com in bulk – you’ll save a few bucks and have the ability to brew whenever you feel the need.

      I was in the same boat as you. Did 5 gallon batches forever, but I rarely brewed because I had too much on hand. Now that I reduced my batch size, I can buy in bulk (both hops and grain) and I harvest yeast and make small starters. End up brewing much more frequently, yet I can brew 3 to 4 varieties at less than the cost of a 5 gallon batch!

  3. Some of my best batches of beer have been made in 1 gallon batches, I’m always worried about screwing something up with the 5 gallon recipes and never experiment.
    Always wondered about the BrewDemon, was it easy to use?

    1. I found the BrewDemon to be very easy to use & a great way to gently scale up a little bit from 1 gallon batches

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