Home > english, porter, recipe, tasting > >Porter #1 (London Porter) Recipe & Tasting

>Porter #1 (London Porter) Recipe & Tasting

>After reading about White Labs’ Yorkshire Square yeast, I was intrigued by the description:

This yeast produces a beer that is malty, but well-balanced. Expect flavors that are toasty with malt-driven esters. Highly flocculent and good choice for English pale ales, English brown ales, and mild ales.

I’m a huge proponent of all yeasts English (WLP002 is my go-to yeast for just about everything), and it sounded like this one could make a tasty, malt-forward American Pale Ale. Frankly, the pale I made with it turned out to be pretty meh (I have issues with the excess of minerals in my ground water – more on this later), but the Samuel Smith Taddy Porter-inspired English Brown Porter I made with the washed yeast turned out to be dang tasty! It ended up a bit drier and roastier than the Sam Smith, but I’m still enjoying the heck out of it.

2011-011 Porter #1 (London Porter)

Brewed: 02/23/11
Racked to secondary: n/a
Kegged/Bottled: 03/02/11
Ready: 03/02/11

Batch Info
Batch Size: 2.5 Gallons
Extraction Efficiency: 84%
OG: 1.049
FG: 1.011
IBU: 22
SRM: 32.5
Boil Length: 90 Minutes

Grain Bill

UK Maris Otter: 3lb 8oz (75.7%)
US Chocolate Malt: 6oz (8.1%)
UK Brown Malt:6oz (8.1%)
US Caramel 80 Malt: 4oz (5.4%)
UK Black Malt: 2oz (2.7%)

Hop Bill
UK East Kent Goldings (5.5%AA): 8 grams (12.8 IBU) @ 90 minutes
UK East Kent Goldings (5.6%AA): 8 grams (6.9 IBU) @ 30 minutes
UK East Kent Goldings (5.9%AA): 7 grams (2.3 IBU) @ 5 minutes

(variance in alpha acid due to use of two batches of hops with different AA)

Whirlfloc (1 Tablet) @ 15 minutes
Servomyces (1 gelcap) @ 15 minutes

Carbon filtered San Bernardino ground water

White Labs WLP037 Yorkshire Square Ale Yeast
500ml starter @ 1.040

Mash Schedule
Sacch Rest: 154F for 60 minutes
Batch Sparge

Fermentation Schedule
Pitch @ 66F
Finished @ ~69F in 5 days

Shook for 30 seconds @ 30 Psi, let sit under pressure 1 hour.

1. First time using UK Brown malt. I’ve read grist percentages of up to 35%, but I decided to go easy.
2. Starter was very active due to super fresh harvested yeast.


Appearance: Very dark brown, bordering on black. A bit darker than I had hoped, but still a good looking beer. Light tan head leaves some light lacing, and has fair staying power.

Aroma: Dark chocolate. Big toasty notes. The brown malt adds an interesting toasty/roasty character I like very much. Bready. A bit of smoke perhaps?

Taste: Chocolate first, with caramel quickly backing it up. More toast/biscuit in the mid-palate. A touch metallic (thanks, San Berdoo….)

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Pretty long finish. Slightly too much carbonation leaves it a bit drier than I expected.

Thoughts: For a recipe I threw together relatively quickly, this turned out very well! Unfortunately, I didn’t harvest the yeast, so this is a one-time batch, but I’ll definitely do another round with my preferred WLP002 to see how it turns out.

A note on recipe naming: I group my recipes by style, and then name each recipe individually. I also number each batch by year and sequence within that year (so 2011-011 Porter #1 [London Porter] is the 11th batch brewed in 2011, and the first porter recipe I’ve formulated.) I’ll write recipes out of pure boredom (I have almost a dozen Saison recipes), so If the order is odd, or a number is missing, that’s why.

Categories: english, porter, recipe, tasting
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: