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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 is featured in the January/February 2007 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!
Looking for something traditional and unique? This version of a classic Dortmund Export by Bruce Stott is definitely a challenge but delivers a refreshing German-style brew that's worth all the effort.
This traditional but extreme jopen beer recipe is provided courtesy of Arek Wenta, founder and owner of AleBrowar, in the city of Lębork. It was one of Poland’s first craft breweries.
The recipe calls for a 25-hour boil. That’s right: 25 hours. You’ve been warned. Note that Lubelski hops also go by the names Lublin and Lubelska; Saaz is a good substitute if you can’t get them. If you cannot source Lomik hops, Northern Brewer will work well. We haven’t even attempted to calculate color or bitterness for this beast of a beer.
CAUTION! It is impossible to know what molds, yeasts, and bacteria will grow in spontaneously fermented wort. Consuming traditionally brewed jopen beer carries some element of risk. Proceed with caution.
Note: the batch volume given is before trub loss and the ABV will vary depending on attenuation.