Bourbon Barrel Porter Small Batch Recipe Kit

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Our Bourbon Barrel Porter is so good, we just had to scale it down to share with all the small batch brewers out there.

This black beauty is quite possibly perfection in a pint. It combines the elements of beer, bourbon, and oak to create an amazing array of compelling flavors. The smokiness of the toasted American oak cubes mingle with the dark flavors of the porter, while the sweet grainy and vanilla flavors of the bourbon reinforce the oak to tie everything together.

We recommend just a wee dram of fine aged bourbon to complement and enhance the flavors of oak and porter. The hardest part about making this beer as a small batch? It’s a small batch. The solution: make 2 batches today and stash one away because it’ll just get better with age.
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Bourbon Barrel Porter 1 Gallon Recipe Kit

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Our Bourbon Barrel Porter is so good, we just had to scale it down to share with all the small batch brewers out there.

This black beauty is quite possibly perfection in a pint. It combines the elements of beer, bourbon, and oak to create an amazing array of compelling flavors. The smokiness of the toasted American oak cubes mingle with the dark flavors of the porter, while the sweet grainy and vanilla flavors of the bourbon reinforce the oak to tie everything together.

We recommend just a wee dram of fine aged bourbon to complement and enhance the flavors of oak and porter. The hardest part about making this beer as a small batch? It’s a small batch. The solution: make 2 batches today and stash one away because it’ll just get better with age.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield1 Gallon
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Bourbon Barrel Porter Small Batch Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1065
Total Time to Make2 months
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holy blow off tube batman
I read about the aggressive fermentation and used a blow off tube and skipped the airlock. Brewed in the afternoon, woke up next morning to go to the fire station and it was fine. 2 hours later, my wife sends me a picture telling me how my beer was every where in the kitchen floor. The kraussen came through the blow off tube, filled the water bowl and went all over my tile. I'm still cleaning it out of my grout. At least I have a great brew to drink while cleaning.
March 9, 2014
Incredible Beer!
I soaked the oak from the time the kit arrived until primary fermentation was completed, then added the oak and bourbon to the secondary fermenter. I've tasted one bottle after carving and it was already amazing. I've ordered three more kits so that I can get through next winter!
March 9, 2014
So far, great aroma, color and fun to make
I suggest NB add a warning or strongly suggest a blow off tubes for this recipe. All previous reviewers including me have said the same. I used exact amounts, followed steps to the letter but fermentation is so aggressive this literally creates a beer bomb. Next day after brew day, I found my basement turned into a mess....smelled like heaven, cleaning was hell. Krauzen clogged my airlock and KABOOOM....beer in my ceiling (and everywhere for that matter). The worst part....I now have less beer! Looking forward to trying it soon. The aroma is great.
January 30, 2014
You'll want at least 2 kits
I'll update this review once I pop my first bottle to give you my thoughts. Here's a few brew tips for this recipe. First, you'll want to use a 2 gallon fermentor or have proper blow off set up, the fermentation is aggressive. Be sure to soak the oak cubes at least a day before. I used a honey tea burbon, something cheap in my pantry. Next time I'll use a premium burbon. The cubes soaked for about 3hrs and then I poured everything in. Today when I popped the carboy to transfer the beer, it was smelling so amazing. Strong aromas of cocoa and vanilla. Cant wait to give this a try!
November 26, 2013
Watch the fermentation
So, I use a blow off tube with every small batch I brew, but this one over-flowed the cup I usually use. I had a mess the morning after I brewed this. I left it in the fermenter for 2 weeks and racked to a secondary, where I added the bourbon soaked cubes. I bottled two weeks later. I open one the other day after 2 weeks in the bottles just to see how it was. The flavor is great, but it is too hot in Yuma for this style beer right now. I'm going to leave these sit for the next 5-6 months and look forward to something amazing.
April 21, 2014
Bourbon Barrel snall batch
Great customer service at Northern Brewer.Placed order had in a few days.Easy to read instructions for beer kit.Beers smells great.I will let beer age in fermenter.
September 12, 2016
Delicious!
This beer is delicious! Smooth and sweet like bourbon with a distinctive dark, malty porter base! But yes, this puppy likes to blow her top!
February 5, 2014
good with wildturkey added
good with wildturkey added
July 9, 2016
Wow!
After reading all the comments about explosive fermentation, I used a two gallon bucket with a blow off tube for a one week primary (no problems) and then racked it into the gallon jug and added the oak chips soaked in Maker's Mark for a two week secondary. After two weeks of carbonation in the bottle, I opened one on Sunday. The oak and the malt really come through along with a hint of bourbon. It is a little hot and rough though. I'm going to let the remaining bottle sit for at least a month to let it smooth out a bit. If it is anywhere near as good as I expect it to be, I will definitely order more to keep me warm all winter.
October 13, 2015
5 weeks + 2 in the bottle
This was my 4th one gallon batch and it turned out perfect. I've had the best success with this and the black IPA. Perhaps dark beers are just more forgiving. I let it sit in the jug for 5 weeks adding the cubes and bourbon at week 3. I was super surprised by the results. Friend noted that it did not taste anything like a homebrew which is a compliment for a novice. Highly recommended. I went with Bullit Bourbon.
February 14, 2014
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Was this kit supposed to come with steeping grains? Mine did not.
C J on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you should have gotten a package of steeping grains. I haven't brewed my kit yet, but I am loking forward to it!
This question was asked before without a clear answer: The directions state that the length of time is a few days of whiskey soaking, plus 2 weeks for fermenting, plus 2 weeks of bottling. In the section "Additional information" it states 2 months? What is it 2 months or 1 month and a few days?
S C on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Gary,

The times are flexible, mostly dependent on fermentation parameters such as yeast choice, and fermentation temperature etc... I would give every beer you brew 2 weeks in primary fermentation. Then with this beer, I would rack it to a secondary fermenter if you have one, and keep it there for 2-3 weeks or until it starts to reach a level of clarity that you desire. You can then soak the oak cubes in bourbon for 24-48 hours and add them to the beer. Allow the beer to sit for 1 more week while the cubes and bourbon mix throughout, and then bottle. This is not an exact timeline, it is subject to change like all brews, based on how the fermentation went, and based on personal preferences that everyone picks up as they gain more experience in brewing. I hope that this helps, let me know if you have any further questions!
The instructions say to add .5 lb wheat dme but the kit I got came with 1 lb. Should I only add half of it?
R O on Jan 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, only add 1 half of the kit. I had to read them a little more fully. I'm guessing it wouldn't hurt to add the whole thing, but probably best to follow the directions.
How long should this take? The "Time to Make" says 2 months, but the recipe shows the same as all other recipes on this site: bottle two weeks after brew day, enjoy two weeks after bottling day.
C R on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Zach,

The 2 month timeline is assuming an optional "secondary" fermentation. This would basically mean siphoning the beer into a second vessel to age for a few weeks. This can help the flavors to mellow and blend, but in an environment without the dead yeast cells. However, secondary fermentation is not necessary, and if you can simply bottle after two weeks if you like.

Cheers!

Charles
Since there is no secondary, am I supposed to mix/shake the primary after adding the bourbon and oak cubes? If not, then how does it evenly mix just by pouring it in?
S L on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You don't want to stir or shake your fermenter after adding the oak cubes as you would oxidize your beer by doing that. If you just add the cubes and allow the beer to sit on them for a week or so the flavor will diffuse through the solution naturally.
Just finishing up primary fermentation and planning to rack it to a secondary before adding the oak cubes. I've heard that you should leave as little headspace as possible in your secondary fermentation though but after such an aggressive primary, I'm not quite sure what to do. My plan was to rack it over to another 1 gallon jug but in doing so I'm guaranteed quite a bit of headspace, even after adding the bourbon soaked cubes. Any advice?
H E on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not be too concerned about this. When transferring, you will release some dissolved CO2 in the beer which will act as a "blanket" for the beer. As long as it is sealed tightly and not disturbed too much, it should be just fine.
If i wanted to add a bit of vanilla to the taste, would it be wise to slice/scrape/chop half of a vanilla bean and add to the bourbon and oak chip soak? Then after a couple days, pour the vanilla/oakey/bourbon mixture into secondary and rack on top? In my mind this seems brilliant, but this will only be my second brew attempt ever so i'm second guessing myself. Would there be any issues with the oak and vanilla bean soaking together in bourbon?
S T on Dec 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That is a fine idea. I would try half of one vanilla bean at most. That should give just enough vanilla character to compliment the other flavors. Not sure what the result will be as it is not part of the kit but it would be a fine thing to try with this brew. Cheers! James J.
What's the approx. ABV for this recipe?
Doug G on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The ABV is around 5.5% - 6.0%.

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