Baltic Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1450

A big beer with massive roasty, chocolate, and toffee notes with a broad-shouldered malt character and assertive hop bitterness and flavor. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Baltic porter is a close cousin of Imperial stout, a Northern European interpretation of an English beer using Continental ingredients and techniques. Our kit spotlights massive roasty, chocolate, and toffee notes with a broad-shouldered malt character and assertive hop bitterness and flavor. The use of lager yeast (ideally fermented around 65° F) leaves Baltic porters cleaner and less fruity than an Imperial stout or barley wine. Brew a batch and tell 'em St. Urho sent you. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Beer Style Dark/Amber Lager, Hybrid Beers, Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1070
Total Time to Make 3 months

Customer Reviews

Wait For It Review by FRANK T.
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Have brewed this beer a few times now and think the best recipe is the Perle, Perle, Hallertau, Hallertau addtions as opposed to Mt Hood. Above all else try to ferment at 65F or less. Then cold storage for a few months. Forget about it, bottles or kegs and it's the best. Before 4 months there's a noticeable "green-ness" to it as opposed to later. Try it both times and take good notes. (Posted on 3/30/14)
Intoxicating aroma Review by Tim
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This is a great tasting Porter-and the aroma produced from the choice of grains really makes this a good drink. Best to take a deep sniff prior to tipping the glass; wonderful aroma. (Posted on 1/17/14)
Gonna be a long wait Review by Anthony
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Brewed this beer last night. Smelled fantastic. Made a 1.5L yeast starter and added .5 lbs of flaked oats with the steeping grains. Came with in .02 of the starting gravity. Will transfer it to secondary after about 2 weeks and let it sit for a couple months before bottling. can't wait. (Posted on 1/13/14)
JURY STILL OUT Review by Lou
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This one's in the secondary now. Can't wait until it's ready. I'll check back in a few weeks. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Best Porter Review by tom
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I've made this several times. I have to make it in the winter months to ferement in the cooler basement pantry. I really like the St. Paul Porter, but this Porter is much creamier & more complex. I will make this again & again... (Posted on 12/15/13)
Stunned! Review by Steve
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I cannot wait 2-7 months to review this beer. Check this out. Primary one week at 61degrees. Fermentation was slow and erratic. Secondary for six weeks. Taste test before bottling was very disappointing:watery and tasteless. I always open a beer 10 days after bottling to check carbonation and taste. With reviews talking about 7 months of conditioning I did not expect much. Man, was I wrong! SOB#9 (Steve's Own Brew) is chocolaty, coffee-y, great mouthfeel. The only negative was the carbonation. Tried another two days later to see if this was a fluke. OMG! Alcohol on the front and then the same flavors that lasted on the tongue long after the swallow. Even my wife, who isn't a dark beer drinker, thought it was delicious. And, there was a tan, thick, lasting head. My goal is to stay away from it for at least two months and see how it ages. Can it get any better!? Welp, now that I have the taste in my head I need to put it on my tongue. I am a little hard on the rating. A perfect beer gets 5 stars, a really good beer gets 4. (Posted on 2/15/13)
One of NB's Best! Review by Brandon
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This is one of the best Porters I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I think the best way to describe it is a very dark version of Caribou Slobber. I really didn't get crazy on this one. I used the recommended ingredients; dry yeast, no starter. I did lager at 55 degrees. I have a small fridge with a Johnson temp controller which I use as a fermentation chamber. 1 month in the primary, 1 month in the secondary and 3 weeks in the bottle. Very clean and surprisingly refreshing for a porter. Highly recommended regardless of your method. (Posted on 1/27/13)
Worth the wait!!! Review by JP
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Spot on man!!! this is a great recipe. I followed this recipe but held it for 2 months longer in the cooler temps 38 degrees. 6 months total and each month it keeps getting better. I agree with all of the others, but I believe Porters are like MILFs- Better with age :-p and do again. Thanks NB (Posted on 11/30/12)
Impressive Review by AtomicVid
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This beer surpasses most store bought beers I have tried (including many $10+). It is perfect for the colder months and is one beer that tastes better the closer you get to the final gulp. The depth of flavor and the full body of the beer leave you wanting more than one (a 22 oz bottle is a minimum requirement). :-) (Posted on 11/25/11)
Smooth & Tasty Review by Tom
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This beer is just delicious. Made it for the first time & will be making it again. Needs to sit bottled for at least six weeks. Tried one after 3 weeks & the head was weak. One of the best porters I have tried. (Posted on 11/13/11)
Good stuff... but, be patient Review by Diesel Tonic
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Brewed this kit in April. Did everything according to the kit and had it kegged in a relatively short time... but I was patient since I had other beers on tap and it was summertime (lawnmower beers got the attention).
First hint of cold weather and I hit the Porter. This is good stuff. Very smooth and tasty. Another reviewer (Aaron F) reported results after 7 months as being great, and I agree with this sort of timing.
Would it have been as awesome at 3 months? I dunno. Cheers! (Posted on 10/17/11)
Delicous Review by Aaron F
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This is a great porter. Just tasted one I brewed in Feb. After seven months this is the best one yet. It did take about four weeks to carbonate. I wouldn't open one for at least two months after bottling. I did a yeast starter and let it age in secondary for three months. I'm looking forward to this winter so I can brew it again. (Posted on 9/6/11)
Needs a second grain bag! Review by Burgermeister Beer
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I brewed this beer last weekend, and it appears to have great promise. However, the single, small grain bag is not enough to hold all of the specialty grains; luckily, I had some extra bags on hand. Perhaps you might consider including two grain bags in kits with a large amount of specialty grains! (Posted on 9/3/11)
Good Kit, Beginners Be Careful Review by Daniel
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The beer tasted great, and many people liked it. Beginners, this kit, though in the ale section, uses lager yeast, which requires colder temperatures and greater control over the temperature to get the intended flavor. The beer won't be ruined if you can't keep the yeast at the preferred temperature but it will taste different. Also, as the kit says, a yeast starter kit is highly recommended for this brew. (Posted on 7/24/11)
Tastes better than actual Brewery Porters Review by wubaru
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This is a great tasting porter. The last porter i had from a Madison brewery that is famous tasted like licking an ashtray. This baltic porter did taste smokey but in a good way and did not have any hints of cigs. I highly recommend Northernbrewer and this beer! (Posted on 7/7/11)
So far, so smooth Review by CT brewer
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First tasting at 2 weeks (why did I bother?) tasted a little rough, and carbonation was minimal. 4 weeks out showed great full body porter flavor and nice smoothness, with increasing carbonation. No off flavors at all. I'm going to leave it alone for a couple more weeks and see how it is doing. Did this with liquid yeast and a starter. Did around 3 or 4 weeks in a plastic primary fermenter and 3 or 4 weeks in a glass secondary. So far I'm really impressed. This seems like a really well thought out kit. It's quite manageable with a partial boil, even with all that malt. I did 3 gallons of water instead of 2.5, but that was the only change. Just remember to stir a bit longer than usual each time you add malt, to avoid scorching. (Posted on 3/1/11)
Baltic porters rock! Review by wronghanded brewer
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I was introduced to these beers while in Finland (Koff porter) and have brewed a clone of it for a couple years now.... a wonderful, if powerful, beer. I've tweeked it by using Polish hops to be similar to Okocim porter without the "cough medicine" after taste. Well worth the time to wait for this one!! (Posted on 1/11/11)
Lovely porter - Great Keeper! Review by madjeff
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I held the batch in secondary for about 3 months and sampled the first bottle 6 months after brewing...after 10 months, this porter is wicked strong, complex and SMOOTH...
Just an excellent recipe - further, take your time and get a great, great beer as payback! (Posted on 10/6/10)
Excellence Review by Jeremy
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Porter is undoutably my favorite style of beer and one I'm always on the hunt for them. This surpassed my expectations. I will definetly brew this one again. (Posted on 6/10/10)
Award Winner Review by Steve
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I bottled a batch of this 5/31/09 and recently entered it in a local Brew Fest Competition (my first competition). NB Baltic Porter won Best in Show with an average AHA/BJCP rating of 42.

This beer is so great, if you share it with friends, you won't have much left to enter into competition. (Posted on 3/20/10)

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