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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
Reviews
4.4 / 5.0
44 Reviews
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super boozy, no head.
I used the very same 120 proof Knob Creek bourbon used to flavor the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, released on Black Friday of 2017. I used 3oz, the max recommended in recipe. I think the alcohol killed the yeast, cause this baby didn't carbonate at all. It was a great pairing, the taste is heavenly, but flat as a board. Gets all my friends messed up though, which is the important part. Im pretty happy with the fresh, natural ingredients of Northern Brewer though, so despite user overindulgence, this gets a 4 out of 5 for great, sweet flavor, and barrel aged taste.
March 16, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Best beer iv made yet, a huge hit with everyone
This is my favorite beer. I aged 2 bottles for a year and they came out amazing, super smooth with a nice warmth- will be making it again in june/july for the winter-5 gallons this time though.
February 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Amazing, amazing, amazing
Amazingly easy to make.
Amazing aroma and taste! Taste everthing - the malt, the hops and the wort - educate your palate with the raw ingredients!
Amazing forum within the reviews! Thanks to so many reviews,we were able to glean some amazing information regarding the wild fermentation!
We've attached photos of how we addressed the issue. Since we're just getting started and we're not sure what to invest in for advanced brewing equipment, we were able to solve the problem with a 2 gallon, food safe bucket and lid from Lowes Building Supply store!
We took the advice from another review and started soaking the Oak cubes in Knob Creek Bourbon on brew day.
We'll revisit our review to update.
We are giving this 5 stars before we've even tasted our Bourbon Barrel Porter because Northern Brewer has done a fantastic job in making the process so easy and accessible for anyone who wants to the experience of brewing their own beer.
January 29, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Probably a good brew but I had issues
Seems like it would be good but some reason it did not carb at all. I do think I used too much malt as I did notice in Q&A afterword that you should only use half the bag of wheat malt extract so I am thinking the addition of the Bourbon at the end may have pushed ABV too high for the yeast. Had no issue with fermentation though did use a blow off tube, but did not lose anything.
December 18, 2017
Perfect for dark beer lovers!
Great beer! Super easy to follow directions, turned out great using makers mark bourbon. Smell is amazing, vanilla and caramel dark chocolate bourbon notes. Color is dark with creamy head. Taste is lots of bourbon and vanilla. Will definitely brew again and should she nicely.
November 9, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago
Looks as good as your promotional photo, tastes outrageous. Let it bottle ferment for five weeks (added two shots of Jim Beam just before bottling). Had with grilled top sirloin.
August 28, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
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Blew the top of fermenter and corrupted the brewing process
August 24, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Response from Northern Brewer
Sorry to hear about the very active fermentation. Sometimes higher abv beers like this one can have very aggressive fermentation from all the extra sugars and proteins. If you would like to give us a call we can do some troubleshooting and get you a replacement kit. we want you making and drinking great beer! Cheers!
August 24, 2017
William RStaff
Very Messy
I followed precisely the recipe for the 1 gallon kit and my experience was very bad indeed. The fermentation went berzerk almost immediately and krausen was blowing through the blow off tube profusely. In the first 12 hours after pitching the yeast I lost a full bottle of beer through blow off, which hurts when a 1 gallon kit produces only 8 bottles. Temperature was fine and I left adequate headspace in the fermentor. I do not know what led to this, I have seen blow off before but never like this. It was a big mess to clean up and I would not repeat the experience.
July 17, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Amazingly smooth and drinkable
Delicious...Jenn describes as "the lightest smoothest dark beer ever, with mild hops and rich coffee and molasses tones, and with just the right amount of bourbon for flavor" five stars!!
Please tell my lovely brewmaster what you would like, served ice find and freshly made!
Brew Day! With my FREE burner on promotion from northern brewer!!
Bourbon Barrell Porter - so delicious we can't wait to do a five gallon batch!
Bottled up Cream Ale from Northern Brewer! You guys are THE best!
July 5, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
A tasty brew, will brew again!
Soaked the oak in 3 oz. of Jim Beam Maple Bourbon for 5 days. It was fermented in a 2.5 gallon LBK with no blow off problems. It was a hit after three weeks conditioning, really came into its own after six weeks. Two carbonation drops per liter EZ cap bottle gave it just enough carbonation for the style. Had a nice sweet taste with a malty finish. ABV came out at 7%.
April 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Q&A
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When do the Oak Cubes and Bourbon get added? The instructions make it seem like it's after 2 weeks of fermentation, but a week before bottling. Is that correct? Or can they be added during the second week of fermentation? Thanks!
Roy H on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Primary fermentation is 2 weeks. Then add the oak cubes and let it sit for another 2-4 weeks. Then rack to bottles with priming sugar and it sits for another 2 weeks.
I start soaking the cubes in bourbon on brew day so that gives them a nice, long soak during primary.
Do you need a yeast starter?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The kit comes with yeast, but if you have a yeast you prefer to use you can swap it in.
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: Hi Rob,

That's right, just add half of it. It only comes in 1 lb bags.

Cheers,

Charles
What are the target IG and FG for the 1 Gallon Bourbon Barrel Porter Kit? The instructions do not include the values. I did add the whole 1 LB of Wheat malt (instructions say 1/2 LB) and my IG came out to 1.106.
A shopper on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've brewed this 1-gallon kit twice. The first time the IG and FG were 1.092 and 1.020, respectively. The second time I got 1.090 and 1.020, virtually the same values, but I didn't soak the oak cubes in bourbon (I did in the first batch and didn't like the taste). It's been several months since I brewed the second batch, so I can't be sure, but I think I used the whole 1 lb of malt too. Hope this helps.
What can I use to ferment this beer in to ensure it does not make a mess? Would the 2 gallon bucket thats on the site work, and do I still need a blowoff hose for that?
A shopper on Dec 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used an old Mr. Beer fermenter, but you can use milk jugs and get the stoppers that go with it. It uses regular air locks and fits well
So once done fermenting the oak cubes are added. And the fermentation container is just capped and left for a week? No more airlock at that point?
A shopper on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Keep an airlock on it. The beer could still be slowly fermenting and you don't want pressure to build up. Many people will also suggest that you soak the cubes longer than a week but it's to personal taste.
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!
At what point are the bourbon soaked wood cubes added to the fermenter?
Charles B on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: THe cubes get added after the initial primary fermentation. The instructions are really clear, so it's easy to follow.
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: My advice would be to not use a secondary. Many people don't anymore as it gives another opportunity for contamination, aeration, etc. On top of that, you'll lose volume by racking, something that you can't afford with such a small batch. Just put the cubes in the primary and they'll do their job there.
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!
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.
Why do you supply a packet of yeast and say "use half and discard the other half." Why not just supply the right amount? Using "half" of a packet seems very inexact.
A shopper on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The smallest size the yeast comes in are these packets designed for 5-6 gallons of beer. Details of recipe design are designed around over pitching. The best approach is to sprinkle some, about half, and then discard so you can avoid possible contamination. Also, the yeast has to be used up once opened or disposed of. Cheers.
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?
Steve Z 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%.
A great taste, but too sweet. I did goof and add the whole 1lb of Wheat malts. Do you think this is why it’s too sweet?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2018

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