St. Paul Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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An assertive black ale dominated by roast-coffee and chocolate character and hop bitterness.

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NB's hometown gives its name to our robust porter kit - an assertive black ale dominated by roast-coffee and chocolate character and hop bitterness. Toffee-like maltiness and citrusy hop flavor are in there as well, with a medium-full body and lingering roast malt/hop bitterness before a bittersweet finish. We like spiking barbecue sauce with a splash of this porter; it's also great with strong cheese like sharp cheddar or Stilton.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for St. Paul Porter Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1052
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
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Great Taste
I am new to brewing. This is my second batch. It is amazing. I let it set in primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 2 weeks and bottled for 2 weeks. Tried my First one... and second. It is GREAT. If you want a good beer this is it. I think it could be better if I let it set but it is so good that might not happen.
April 4, 2011
Yes!
I am not really into porters and stouts. I decided I needed to expand my horizons a bit during the winter months and so made a batch of St Paul Porter. I let it sit in the primary for 3 weeks before transfering it into a keg. When I tasted the gravity sample I was really disappointed, it was bitter in a burnt way and seemed "thin". I let it sit for another 8 weeks or so in my unheated mudroom with a CO2 tank on it. Now it is incredible! It is kind of creamy and bitter, without a huge alcohol bite to it. The lace it leaves on the glass is nice to look at as well. I have to brew this one earlier this year so it is ready for the dark washington winter months.
March 6, 2011
Best beer I have ever brewed, hands down. (AG)
I brewed this about 6 months ago. I believe, and my friends agree, that this is the best beer I have ever brewed. Maybe I was particularly good about my process, or maybe its just the kit, but it came out exceptionally clean and had a really commercial feel to it. Awesome beer, and I am not even a stout/porter guy.
June 14, 2013
Brilliant.
I brewed this ages ago. I put it in the secondary, gave it a d-rest, and let it age. Finally moved it to the keg and "Wow." It's simply delicious. Complex yet balanced. It's not a "gimmick" beer, but an excellent porter... plain and simple. I'm ordering another kit today to brew this weekend.
November 2, 2010
rich and rewarding
I brewed this in September 2010 specifically for an elk and deer hunt I had in October. After only five weeks from brew to drink it was awesome! Shared it with my hunting partners and this beer inspired one of them to purchase a brew kit from NB. Great aroma, head and coffee/chocolate finish.
December 17, 2010
fantastic porter
I brewed this one a few months ago. I tried it at 6 weeks and did not care much for it, it was drinkable, but not great. The roasted coffee hits you up front and then it was abruptly followed by the bitter hops, and not in a good way. I set it aside for another 6 weeks and wow! Is this one good. I did a blind taste comparison of it with Summit Great Northern Porter and people had a hard time picking which one they thought was better. Definitely brew this one, but give it 10 - 12 weeks before you try it.
March 22, 2010
Enjoyed by all
This beer was a big hit with friends and family over the holidays and through the winter. A really solid porter.
March 4, 2016
Northern Brewer beer kits
I've had great luck with every kit I've tried though some weren't exactly to my taste. The only and very small complaint after several years is that the mesh bags for boiling specialty grains often have rips in them. This has happened five or six times so far. I've learned to save and wash a few of the good ones to keep on hand for back up.
November 8, 2015
Keeps getting better
I brewed this porter and had it into secondary after a week. Then I let it sit in secondary for 16 days. Then I went into the keg. A few days of force carbonation and it was being served. And it just got better and better as it aged. I have a few pints (hopefully) left in the keg and i'm letting them sit for a few more days. I don't want to say goodbye. As for specifics, this porter has a great body and a very nice barley bite- almost like a stout. As the beer aged, the hop flavor really came out and created an exceptionally well balanced beer. Plenty of chocolate malty flavors and plenty of hops. I will certainly make this one again, though I may wait and make it my first all-grain brew.
January 20, 2012
I need to make another batch now!
I cooked this up with the intention of giving it all away at Christmas as gifts. My daughter who is an artist designed some custom labels and everyone who received a six pack was thrilled with the gift. I'm not a stout drinker because I find them overpowering, but I loved this porter recipe. Great color, rich, lasting head, very smooth but still robust. I took some to a Christmas party where they had a charity auction and someone bid $30 after a taste. Highly recommended!
February 22, 2010
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Hi, I've never used a kit like this before, but I would like to get one for my boyfriend who is interested in learning how to brew. I may be missing something on this page, but I'm wondering what all is included in the base kit when it comes to physical items (bag, hydrometer, fermenter etc)?

Also, does anyone have any tips or suggestions? (ie, which kit from northern brewer might be a better start?) ~Thanks!
S K on Dec 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The St. Paul Porter extract Kit includes the ingredients for this particular beer. It does include the mesh bag to contain the grains during brewing. With that said, you will need all of the physical items for brewing, like a 3 gallon brew pot(at least), a long spoon for stirring,a thermometer, a 5 gal bucket and lid for fermenting, a large strainer (for separating the beer from ingredients prior to fermenting, and the air-lock, which goes on the top of the fermenter. You can buy a base kit of equipment from Northern Brewer, but understand that none of the "brewing equipment" comes in the kit for this particular beer kit. I would recommend a how-to book. I can't think of the name right now, but a reference book is invaluable, to remind of the many things to remember when brewing beer.

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