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Black Widow Porter (with a few changes from original recipe)

238 calories 24 carbs
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Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Robust Porter
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 22.7 liters (ending kettle volume)
Pre Boil Size: 28.4 liters
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.057 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (ending kettle)
Source: Jamil Zainasheff (Brewing Classic Styles)
Calories: 238 calories (Per 355mL)
Carbs: 24 g (Per 355mL)
Created Wednesday September 18th 2013
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
5.33 kg United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale5.33 kg Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 75.9%
0.68 kg German - Munich Light0.68 kg Munich Light 37 6 9.7%
0.45 kg German - CaraMunich I0.45 kg CaraMunich I 34 39 6.4%
0.34 kg United Kingdom - Chocolate0.34 kg Chocolate 34 425 4.8%
0.23 kg United Kingdom - Black Patent0.227 kg Black Patent 27 525 3.2%
7.03 kg Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
43 g Kent Goldings43 g Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 7.5 Boil 60 min 33.72 59.7%
14 g Fuggles14 g Fuggles Hops Pellet 5.7 Boil 15 min 4.14 19.4%
15 g Kent Goldings15 g Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 7.5 Boil 0 min 20.8%
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
18 L Sach Reast Infusion 67 °C 60 min
17.5 L (Sparge to collect 7.5 Gallons for 90 min boil Sparge 67 °C 10 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 2.5 L/kg
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 10 min.
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient Other Boil 5 min.
Wyeast - London Ale 1028
1 Each
Attenuation (custom):
Optimum Temp:
16 - 22 °C
Fermentation Temp:
19 °C
Pitch Rate:
1.0 (M cells / ml / ° P) 398 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Method: Corn Sugar       Amount: 117.7       CO2 Level: 2.2 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
I target a "Black Balanced" using Brun Water spread sheet.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

I used The recipe directly from Zamil Zainasheff and John Palmers "Brewing Classic Styles". I made some changes because I was not able to get the exact ingredients that were in the book. I used London Ale 1028 also. I believe that this will be more on the English Porter side of the style but it should still be great. Thanks Zamil and John!!
< I just started popping the caps off this brew and it is really quiet drinkable. I may be brewing it again soon. It is the first recipe I have followed in awhile but I cannot find any real flaws in it.If I brew it again I might add a few more points of flavor hops. This beer tastes very smooth with the hops not jumping out so if you like a ton of hop flavor keep that in mind. Cheers >

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  • Last Updated: 2013-11-21 18:13 UTC
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