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A London porter benefits from the proper water: alkaline with a dose of sodium and chloride. Thames water was revered as producing better porters and that character is evidenced in the water profile. The somewhat elevated alkalinity of the London porter profile helps keep the mash pH slightly higher than in typical pale beer brewing, enhancing the flavor quality of the dark malts.
A London porter would likely be characterized as a brown porter using BJCP style guidelines. The malt bill for a brown porter is largely 2-row pale malt with modest percentages of roast and crystal malts. According to Brewing Classic Styles, the secret to a great brown porter recipe is the inclusion of brown malt. English hops are preferred to meld with the malt bill.
This beer recipe was originally featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association to get your Zymurgy magazine subscription and access to the digital archive!
In his article "Uncharted Territory: S. Eubayanus," Jared Spidel dives into a little known—and hard to get—yeast called Sacchormyces eubayanus. Spidel was on a mission to understand this newfound strain, so he decided to set up a homebrew competition to see how S. eubayanus works in various different styles. This brown porter recipe earned competition entrant Chris Clair the best-of-show title.
Check out the Zymurgy magazine article (March/April 2016 issue) to learn how to get your hands on S. eubayanus!
Holy City Brewing's Pluff Mud Porter presents (and smells) like a classic porter, with subtle chocolate notes and a silky finish, but the medium body and tame ABV keep it refreshing at all times. Enjoy this throughout the year, in or out of the marsh.
George Schwab IV of Conway, AR won a gold medal in Category 14: American Porter and Stout during the 2018 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Portland, OR with the help of Aaron McFarland. Schwab and McFarland's pre-Prohibition porter was chosen as the best among 288 entries in the category. Read More
#BiggestSmallBeerEver is a recipe brewed by 100 craft breweries across the United States in celebration of the 2016 American Craft Beer Week (May 16–22).
The recipe, loosely based on an imperial porter, was inspired by a homebrew recipe from Denver-based Declaration Brewing Co. It was this recipe that breweries across the country made in honor of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) to bring together brewers from all 50 states for a great cause: bringing attention to the awesomeness that is craft beer! But the #BiggestSmallBeerEver is also meant to pay homage to Declaration Brewing Co. Quality Control manager and local homebrewer, Dr Paul D. Off, who is currently in the fight of his life. The porter, which Declaration has dubbed “P.D.OGG Porter” is one of Paul’s favorite recipes.
For more about the #BiggestSmallBeerEver and American Craft Beer Week, check out the video below and visit CraftBeer.com.
Mark Peterson of Queen Creek, AZ, member of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers, won a gold medal in Category #12: Porter during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Peterson’s Porter was chosen as the best among 303 final round entries in the category. Read More
Black Butte Porter is an homage to the volcano of the same name and pairs the distinctive chocolate and roast notes from the malt with a slight hop bitterness. It has taken numerous medals at the Great American Beer Festival back to Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore.
Jamie Klarman of Fallston, MD, member of the Wootown Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #12: Porter during the 2012 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Seattle, WA with the help of Phil Bayle. Klarman’s Porter was chosen as the best among 326 final round entries in the category. Read More