Homebrew: Single-Hop Simcoe Porter

Brewed a ~3 gallon batch of this porter yesterday, first brew on my new brew-in-a-bag equipment!

  • 3kg Maris Otter
  • 500g Brown Malt (supposedly 480EBC / ~180 L !!!)
  • 500g Caramel/Crystal 60
  • 125g Black Malt

24l starting volume / strike water @ 74C.

Mash at ~68C for 90 minutes, my temperature at the end was 66C.

Drained grain bag while bringing to a boil, squeezed some wort out but nothing extreme.

  • Boil 20g Simcoe @ 60 minutes
  • Boil 20g Simcoe @ 10 minutes
  • Boil 20g Simcoe @ 5 minutes
  • Dry-hop 40g Simcoe for a week or so

Pre-boil Gravity: 1.047

Original Gravity: 1.054

Wyeast 1098 fermenting around 21C.

Missed my target OG by a bit as I had more liquid at the end than anticipated. Not unexpected though considering this is my first time on this setup. Strike water temp was a degree or two higher than needed as well but got it down to target quickly. I was inspired by  To Øl Black Ball Porter but I’m curious to see how hoppy it turns out. May have to call it a black IPA. Next time I’ll drop the strike temp a bit and reduce my start water to get the OG up higher.


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One Comment

  1. Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Just testing the bottle you gave me…..

    Very dark with a tan head.

    Tasting notes:
    Aroma: Big burst of pine with a hint of roast coffee. Resinous, warming alcoholic

    Taste: Nutty & coffee straight off then a smooth bitterness. Hop flavour nicely balanced and doesn’t overwhelm the malt.
    Bitterness lingers for quite a while.

    Mouthfeel: Quite complex, silky on the front of the tongue but plenty of carbonation and dryness afterwards.

    Overall 9.5/10 – It would have got 10 if you’d given me a 500ml bottle not a 330ml !
    Really great beer, and better than a Black IPA, kind of sits in between.

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