Bourbon Barrel Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1600
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Bourbon barrel-aged beers have been a hugely popular style ever since their inception in the early '90s by American craft brewers. By starting with a stronger-than-average robust porter, then infusing it with Bourbon-soaked oak (we recommend Maker's Mark), the end result is quite possibly the best beer ever. You'll have to supply your own bourbon - save a little to sip on brew day to really capture the spirit. The intense aroma and flavor of toasted American oak and the sweet graininess of good bourbon meld with the bittersweet roastiness of porter to make for a very characterful beer. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Bourbon Barrel Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Fantastic, worth the wait Review by Matt
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Brewed this in February, kegged in March, just put on tap a few weeks back and this beer is amazing. I used Knob Creek Bourbon and added 2 vanilla beans split quartered and scraped and soaked in vodka. Soaked both of these for two weeks before adding to secondary. Let sit in secondary for an additional 2 weeks before I kegged. Enter patience. I was planning to have this for a Christmas beer this year but I couldn't wait another month so I popped it in kegerator. The result is fantastic! I will definitely brew this one again.

The one thing I may change next time is to add the vanilla tincture closer to tapping the keg as there isn't much vanilla flavor left after 8 months.

Brew it, age it, enjoy it! (Posted on 12/1/14)
Defintely will try again Review by Tony Homebrew
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This beer was my first 5 gallon batch of beer that I made. I tried one earlier today and it didn't have much carbonation but it was still good. I will let carbonate a little more and try it again (Posted on 11/3/14)
Lots of Oak & Bourbon Review by Damon
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I brewed this on 7/13/14. 10 days in primary. 23 days in secondary. Added oak chips to around 17oz of Jim Beam & added to secondary 6 days later. On 10/2/14 I popped open my first bottle. Not a lot of carbonation and still really strong oak flavor which overpowers any chocolate or coffee notes. Hoping more time will mellow the flavors. (Posted on 10/2/14)
Outstanding Review by William
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Brewed per instructions with dry yeast. Soaked the oak cubes in a generous dose of Dickel for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks of fermentation, racked to secondary and added the oak/whisky. Bottled after 6 months. After 1 month, tried a few bottles and they were great. Even better now, 2 months after bottling. The balance between the oak, sweet malt and Tennessee whisky is perfect. Everyone who has tried it loves this beer. (Posted on 9/6/14)
Careful with the Oak and Bourbon choice Review by Nate
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Purchased and brewed this upon a recommendation from a friend (and all the rave reviews it receives).
Chose the dry yeast.
Followed instructions.
I used Wild Turkey 101 as it was on sale.
I soaked the oak cubes in the bourbon for 48hrs and added it (the entire bottle and cubes) to the secondary. Waited a week and kegged to cold condition.
Tasted VERY dry and too oaky for me.
I'll be adding 2Tbs of vanilla extract here soon as it seems to lessen the oak flavor a bit when added to a glass for drinking.
Also, no amount of carbonation will make a head on this beer. Again, may have to do with the bourbon chosen.
ABV calculated to be just over 7% but tastes and feels higher.

Not my favorite, but maybe it's because I'm just not a bourbon drinker. (Posted on 8/25/14)
Over Carbonation Review by William
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home on R&R and popped the top on a few that have been bottled for the last 6 months. Not sure why, but think it must have been to much priming sugar when bottled because once the top was popped they slowly start bubbling over. I have to let them sit for nearly 10 min and pour off the head as it forms at the top of the bottle so it doesn't overflow. Tried to pour it into the glass but it instantly foams no matter how you pour it. Once the head dies down it is a pretty smooth porter without to much whiskey flavor to it, but a nice warmth as it goes down the hatch. I will be leaving the rest to finish out the year aging on it and just need to be careful when popping the top on them. (Posted on 8/20/14)
Best Porter ever Review by JT
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I'm not a big porter fan, but the way this turned out Iluv Porter. It is so amazing. Will also consider adding extra oak chips and extra Maker's Mark:) Over all delicious!! Will brew it again. (Posted on 7/10/14)
Excellent Review by Drfire
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I have made this beer many times in the past few years. I do modify it and the last modification (brewed twice) is the best so far. Double the oak chips and add 8 oz cocoa nibs. Texas whiskey added a nice touch. http://www.balconesdistilling.com/
Bulleit Rye bourbon is a bit smoother and goes well with the cocoa nibs. (Posted on 5/29/14)
Dont be afraid of the dark! Review by Ford
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I've brewed this kit twice for neighborhood parties...much to my disappointment the keg always floats before the party ends...nothing left over for me. However this is a fantastic brew. Takes a bit longer than an IPA, but worth the extra love and care trust me! If you like dark beers, this is nervana...if youu don't like dark beers, drink some of this and you'll be a convert instantly. Can't say enough good stuff about this kit. Buy it...enjoy it...best kit Ive ever made...TWICE! (Posted on 5/5/14)
Great Brew! Review by Eoin
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There should be a biohazard sign on the side of this kit saying *Warning: EXTREMELY ACTIVE FERMENTATION*. The beer definitely smooths out after bottling. Time is your friend here. (Posted on 4/28/14)

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