Coal Miner’s Hands – Robust Porter All Grain Home Brewing Recipe

Robust Vanilla Porter Homebrewing Recipe Beer Animated Gif

Robust Vanilla Porter Homebrewing Recipe Beer Animated Gif

Coal Miners Hands Robust Porter Recipe

I just finished this porter up and I love it.  Typically I am hyper critical of my beers, always finding the smallest of imperfections. This is one of those times where I have no complaints, well aside from maybe brewing another 5 gallons with no vanilla added.  Here is the recipe if anyone is looking to brew it!

Home Brewing Recipe Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 8.51 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Vol: 6.51 gal
Fermentation: Ale Single Stage
Est Mash Efficiency: 73 %
Estimated ABV 6.9%

Mash

Mash Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 78.7 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4 6.6 %
1 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.6 %
6.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 6 3.3 %
8.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 7 3.3 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Wheat Malt (400.0 SRM) Grain 8 1.6 %
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In 152.0 F 60 min
Mash Out 169.0 F 10 min
  • Sparge with 2.91 gal water at 169.0 F
  • Add water to achieve boil volume of 8.51 gal
  • Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.046 SG
Boil Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
0.75 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 9 32.9 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 17.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5.0 mins) Fining 11
  • Estimated Post Boil Vol: 6.51 gal and Est Post Boil Gravity: 1.063 SG

Cool and Transfer Wort

  • Cool wort to fermentation temperature
  • Transfer wort to fermenter
  • Add water if needed to achieve final volume of 5.50 gal

Yeast

Fermentation Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Starter Yeast 12

Post Fermentation

Add (1) medium toast American oak stick, 6 oz’s of cacao nibs and 1 scrapped – cleaned vanilla bean once fermentation has completed. Leave in contact with beer for 7-10 days. Taste and age longer if additional oak or vanilla flavor is desired. This final step is not required as it is an incredible beer with out the vanilla, oak or cacao.  The inspiration for this homebrew all grain robust porter recipe was Jamil Zainasheff’s Heretic Shallow Grave Porter which is available at MoreBeer.  I just made a few tweaks to the recipe to make it more to my liking.

Home Brewing – Brewed up a Robust Porter this weekend!

Home Beer Brewing #homebrew #homebrewing #home #beer #brewing

Home Beer Brewing #homebrew #homebrewing #home #beer #brewing

 

I am not sure if there is such a thing a brewing weather, but if there is, it certainly felt like it yesterday in Southern California.  The temperature was about 62F, a few puffy clouds floating along in the sky and some rain had washed everything clean a couple of days before.  Things do not get that cold in Orange County, but during the winter time it still puts me in the mood for darker beers.  So yesterday a couple of good friends and I brewed up a robust porter.  The batch went about as perfect as it could go, all of the brewing equipment worked as it was supposed to, we hit all of our gravity targets, the mash pH was right on the money and the night before I created a yeast starter that was perhaps as energetic as I have ever seen and it is already fermenting the porter like mad.

Adding oak to your home brewed beer #homebrew #homebrewing #home #brewing #oak #stick #cube #chips

Adding oak to your home brewed beer #homebrew #homebrewing #home #brewing #oak #stick #cube #chips #stout #porter

 

My plan is to add a American Oak Light Toast Stick to the fermenter here in about a weak and also a vanilla bean to add a little bit of additional complexity to the porter. These are the oak sticks that I decided to go with for my homebrew.  I do not want it to taste like you just licked a tree, but I would like to mellow it out with a touch of oak and give you something to ponder with the vanilla. I am adding just one stick to the approximately 5.5 gallon batch and will leave it in there for about a week and taste it.  If i feel that it could benefit from additional oak flavor I will either all for additional contact time or add in a second oak stick to boost it.  I am really looking forward to drinking this beer!