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.
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.
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.
An ice bath, siphoning, and yeast addition later, I had a rather dark looking porter.
A week of fermenting and it was ready to bottle.
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.