Thursday, February 7, 2013

Birthday Cake Porter

My birthday passed recently and I decided that I would try to brew a chocolate cake porter, aka birthday cake porter.  It isn't chocolate cake in a bottle, but it is pretty tasty chocolate porter.

Birthday Cake Porter (yields 5 gallons)

3 lbs. 2-row
0.75 lbs. Crystal 40
0.5 lbs. Chocolate
6 oz. Debittered Black
2 oz. Roasted Barley

2 oz. Munich Dark
1 Vanilla bean, split

3.3 lbs. Amber LME
8 oz. Milk sugar
2 tbsp. Cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 oz. Goldings (3.8%) 60 minutes
0.55 oz. Goldings (2.3%) 15 minutes

1 tsp. Irish moss

Cream Ale Yeast
Mill grain. Mash for 90 minutes at 152F.

Sparge with 150F water into brew pot.

Bring to boil. Remove from heat and add LME, milk sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir well.

Return to boil. Add 1 ounce of Goldings hops. Begin 60 minute boil.

After 45 minutes, add 0.55 ounces of Goldings hops and Irish moss.

After 15 minutes, remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

Transfer to fermenter. Add enough cool water to bring total volume to 5 1/8 gallons.

Once wort has reached 70F, pitch yeast.

Seal with lid and airlock. Let the yeast do its business then bottle or keg like usual.

O.G. - 1.052
F.G. - 1.016

Happy Birthday to me!!! Oh, Enjoy!

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