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Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Pro Series All-Grain Kit

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A rich, smooth porter with hints of rum and molasses behind a coffee-like roasted character, then infused with fragrant vanilla. The vanilla beans used in this kit are of Madagascar origin, and provide a deep, sweet flavor. The final pint emanates a heady vanilla perfume and makes for both a wonderful after-dinner drink or the ultimate ice cream float.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Recipe Kit All Grain

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A multiple gold medal winner at the Colorado State Fair, this decadent vanilla porter is sure to raise eyebrows. Most vanilla beer recipes use one or two vanilla beans; this one uses five and has the base recipe to back them up. A rich, smooth porter with hints of rum and molasses behind a coffee-like roasted character, then infused with fragarant vanilla. The beans used in this kit are a blend of Madagascar and Tahitian, and provide a deep, sweet flavor. The final pint emanates a heady vanilla perfume and makes for both a wonderful after-dinner drink or the ultimate ice cream float.

Dry Dock Brewing Company of Aurora CO is one of the hottest up and coming breweries in the US. In the 6 years that it has been open, it has racked up more than a dozen World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medals, including Small Brewing Company of the Year. But to try one of their amazing brews you’d have to live in the tiny section of Colorado they cater to. Good thing for the rest of us Dry Dock has worked closely with Northern Brewer to develop these Pro-Series beer kits. We’ve sourced the same ingredients and kept all the recipe particulars the same, just scaled down to your homebrewery. Enjoy!

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Pro Series All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1061
Total Time to Make6 weeks
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So good!
I kegged mine 2 days ago, and after the very first glass I jumped online and ordered another kit knowing that my first batch isn't going to last long. You will want to be stingy with this one, but it's too good not to share!
February 4, 2016
Don't waste your time
Don't waste your time looking for another Porter recipe. Get this one today! This beer is amazing. So smooth and flavorful. Great notes of vanilla. Love this on tap. This will be an annual fixture.
March 10, 2017
!!! 8^} !!!!
A must brew. I am not a big fan of porters. Brewed this one for our daughter's birthday and was blown away by this one. Very well balanced and structured flavor profile. Will be brewing again. As a pastry chef I am going to incorporate this one into a dessert!!!!!
March 12, 2012
Great balanced porter
Brewed AG kit. Left vanilla beans in fermenter for two weeks - wanted a bit more vanilla flavor. Very nice balance - solid, malty porter with good vanilla flavor. Nice thick head out of keg - good head retention. Definitely a keeper! Great quaff on a cold winter's night.
December 28, 2012
Really Good
Brewed this for a family reunion, followed the instructions but used the white labs equivalent with a nice starter. Fermented at 67f and added the vanilla after 2 weeks, let that sit for a week then crashed it and put it in the keg. It was kegged for 3 weeks for a total of 6 weeks old and it was really good. Definitely my best dark beer if not my best beer yet, even the wine drinkers were enjoying it. My first batch that people stopped drinking what they had brought and switched over to mine exclusively. My only concern is how long the vanilla will last for but this will become a house ale, its that good!
August 13, 2012
Brew This One!
Five Beans...One brew...Crazy good! I *highly* recommend you brew this one. Thick, rich, complex, full of vanilla. My wife had me pour a sample before it hit the kezzer! Her words, "Well there's another NB kit you have to put in the line up..."
April 17, 2012
Absolutely Amazing!
Growing up in Denver and drinking every beer created by Dry Dock, I was skeptical with this kit. I've had many Vanilla Porters from Dry Dock and picked this beer up from the store on countless occasions. This beer was fun to brew as a thick porter and the vanilla bean in the secondary gave it the perfect touch. Don't hesitate on this one because you will not be disappointed!
November 16, 2013
Phenomenal recipe for a porter
I made the all grain and added a pound of D-180 and a pound of D-90 to crank up the alcohol and flavor. Put those in for the full boil. Turned out amazing!! I was trying to make something similar to Ballast Points "Victory at Sea". I live in San Diego so we visit that brewery a lot. I think it turned out better than "Victory at Sea". Came out at 8.8% ABV. Will definitely brew again but will try to add extra grains to the mash to crank it up a little further. Don't pass this one up!!
June 6, 2017
8 months ago
Good evening Beer
I first did the partial mash recipe! After i kegged it it only lasted Less than a week! I ordered the all grain recipe! cant wait!
June 4, 2014
Urca Twist
I have brewing all grain for 4 years now. When I first began, I always changed up the recipe to make it my own. I soon learned that changing up the recipe was not always good. I made some not so good beer. So I vowed to stick to the recipe and make every move perfect. My beer started to taste very very good. Every thing from my mash temperature to my sparge to my fermentation temperature was spot on. That brings me to Urca Vanilla. Do it perfect and you will make the best beer you have ever tasted. This is a home run! I am now the beer making Hero. Try it!
July 10, 2014
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I absolutely loved this recipe but would like to experiment a bit to achieve the same flavor profile but with a little more mouthfeel. Can anyone recommend a minor adjustment to the grain bill that'll help me achieve that objective? It may be just psychological, but I felt the finish was a bit light and didn't stand up to the heaviness i expected from the great chocolate and vanilla initial scent/taste.
L A on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well I'm a newbie but adding some oats may help. On the other hand a porter generally has a lighter mouth feel
What should I expect for a FG on this one? I'm currently reading 1.020. My OG came in at 1.057 - a little lower than the recipe target of 1.061. Thanks!
Pwally on Dec 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think you are in the ballpark for your final gravity. Give your beer another week in the fermenter, check your gravity and if it hasn't changed then bottle or keg. Remember also that target gravity is a guidline not a hard and fast rule. Your equipment and techniques you use to brew have a huge impact on gravity. You have brewed a great beer. Prost.
Can a newbie to this process, utilize the Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Pro Series All-Grain Kit with success?
J A on Sep 19, 2015

provided you have the equipment to brew an all grain beer you should be able to brew this recipe. As always

if you have any questions about the recipe or process you can always contact us and we'll be more than happy to help you out. We won't rest until you brew your best!

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