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Rocket Rod Romanak’s Positively Porter

“Rocket” Rod Romanak (right) was a tremendous influence to the homebrewing community. Rod passed away on February 4, 2011. He and his wife founded the Kona Brewers Festival Hombrew Competition in Hawaii in 1995. Also, in 2004 Rod won the American Homebrewers Association’s “Homebrewer of the Year” award. He operated Rocket Suds Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies, teaching hundreds of customers how to brew.

As a tribute, Kona Brewing Co. brewed Romanak’s award-winning Positively Porter on February 16. The AHA is honoring “Rocket” Rod by including Positively Porter as one of this year’s official Big Brew recipes.

Here is a tribute to him with his famous porter.

Rocket Rod Romanak’s Positively Porter | Porter


  • For 5.3 gallons (20 L)
  • 10 lb (4.5 kg) pale malt (two-row)
    1.75 (0.8 kg) Special B malt
    1.1 lb (0.5 kg) light roasted barley
    0.5 lb (227 g) black patent malt
    0.5 lb (227 g) chocolate malt
    0.9 oz (26 g) Nugget whole hops (60 min)
    0.9 oz (26 g) Chinook whole hops (30 min)
    0.9 oz (26 g) Chinook whole hops (steep)
    0.75 tsp (3 g) Irish moss (20 min)
    3 packages Wyeast 1056 American ale yeast or White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast


    • Original Gravity: 1.068
    • Final Gravity: 1.015
    • ABV: 6.9%
    • IBU: 73
    • SRM: n/a
    • Boil Time: 90 minutes
    • Efficiency: n/a
    • Pre-boil Volume: n/a
    • Pre-boil Gravity: n/a


    Mash grains at 154 °F (68 °C). Sparge with 173 °F (78 °C) water. Collect enough run-off to end up with 5.3 U.S. gallons (20 liters) after a 90-minute boil. After the 90-minute boil, chill to 62-66 °F (17-19 °C), transfer to a fermenter, pitch the yeast and aerate well. Ferment at 66 °F (19 °C) for seven days, then transfer to a secondary fermenter for three weeks. Rack to keg, or add bottling sugar and bottle and allow to carbonate at 66-68 °F (19-20 °C) for two weeks minimum. Force carbonate at approximately 2 to 2.5 volumes of CO2, or bottle condition using 2.6 to 3.9 oz by weight (73 to 111 g) corn sugar.

    • Primary Fermentation: 7 days at 66 °F (19 °C) in glass
    • Secondary Fermentation: 21 days at 66 °F (19 °C) in glass


    Substitute 8.5 lb (3.9 kg) light liquid malt extract, or 6.8 lb (3.1 kg) light dry malt extract for the two-row malt. Place 1.4 lb (635 g) Special B malt, 0.75 lb (340 g) light roasted barley, 0.3 lb (136 g) black patent malt and 0.3 lb (136 g) chocolate malt in a grain bag and steep in 2.5 gallons (9.5 L) of filtered water at 154 °F (68 °C) for 30 minutes. Stir in malt extract (add water if necessary to bring to 3.5 gallons), and bring to boil. Increase hop amounts to 1.13 oz (32 g) for each addition. Follow remainder of recipe shown above. (The full extract version of the recipe is available on in the Big Brew section.)