The second part of my dual brew day (if you missed the first part, you can find the Rye Wit here) was a Honey Porter. I had brewed one a few years ago from a kit and it turned out pretty well. A friend, who happens to keep bees, asked if he supplied some honey would I brew some more? Well yeah, you don’t have to give me much of a reason to brew beer.
I started by finding the instruction page from the kit I brewed. I keep a notebook with every recipe I’ve ever brewed and any recipe that has ever seemed interesting. As you can imagine it’s quite full of stuff and it took me a little while, but I found it and scaled it to my smaller batch size.
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|2.1 gal||60 min|
|Pale Malt (2 Row) US||3.18 lbs||69.32|
|Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L||6.8 oz||9.26|
|Munich Malt - 10L||5.1 oz||6.95|
|Black (Patent) Malt||2.55 oz||3.47|
|Chocolate Malt (US)||1.27 oz||1.73|
|Northern Brewer||8 g||60 min||Boil||Pellet||9.4|
|Hallertau||12 g||15 min||Boil||Pellet||4.5|
|Wyeast - Irish Ale (1084)||Wyeast Labs||73%||60.8°F - 71.6°F|
When I was getting ready for brew day I didn’t have any Black Patent Malt nor any Munich. Instead of going down to the brew supply store and getting some, I just substituted Roasted Barley and Pilsner Malt respectively. I’m sure it’ll make some difference in the outcome, but we’ll see how it comes out.
I mashed in on the Honey Porter soon after starting the boil on the Rye Wit. I mashed for a little over an hour as I was finishing up with the Rye Wit about the time the mash was done. It smelled wonderful, but was perhaps a touch lighter than I’d anticipated. Boiled for an hour, adding hops per the schedule. I also didn’t have enough Hallertau so substituted more Northern Brewer in it’s place.
Wort was chilled to 65 F by pumping ice water through my immersion chiller. The pump and ice water make short work of chilling wort, I’ve been very please with using that technique. I got quite the shock when I took the gravity reading and it was off by 16 points! BeerSmith calculated I should have gotten 1.056 and the refractometer was reading 1.040!! I pitched a slurry of some Wyeast 1084 that I resurrected from a friend’s failed starter.
It dawned on me that I had used a bag of 2 Row that had been measured out quite a while back. I’d written the weight on it, but must have either mixed up bags or used some from the bag and not updated the weight. Instead of the 3 lbs and some change that I thought I was milling, I must have milled less. I think it’ll be okay, just a bit under on the ABV. I’ll see how it turns out and may rebrew if not up to snuff, can’t be giving out substandard homebrew can we? Cheers…