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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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Pro Series All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1061 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 5.0 / 5.038 ReviewsPhenomenal recipe for a porterI 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, 2017Purchased
1 year agoUnreal So AmazingOther reviews had me nervous the vanilla would be too much, but I think its perfect. You not only get a good aroma when drinking, but the vanilla flavor itself is strong.
One note though I must make is I took the 5 vanilla beans, chopped them up, and soaked them for 2 weeks in a cup of Jim Beam.
Once that was done I dumped it all into the secondary for the final week before bottling. So this method I'm thinking gave me more vanilla flavor than just adding the chopped beans per the directions.
The addition of oats and higher mash temp really gives this beer a crazy silky smooth mouthfeel. I can't believe I made this beer. I've made 6 extract kits, moved onto to 3 gallon BIAB and made 3 recipes with that. This was my first ever full all grain batch using a mashtun and everything. Beer is out of this world, if you like vanilla make this.March 16, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDon't waste your timeDon'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, 2017Great vanilla porterA vanilla bomb. Really good.
I nailed the gravities and it came out at 6.8 ABV
Really really tasty.OGMarch 6, 2017Purchased
1 year agoNB is the best, vanillaNB is the best, vanilla Porter all grain is a top notch brew.February 19, 2016So 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, 2016Great beer.Very nice porter with a vanilla accent.November 28, 2015Damn goodVery smooth with a nice vanilla after taste.November 26, 2015ThumperI call it thumper because it fermented hard for over a week no other beer has hit it that hard, it's still in second stage of fermenting but I tasted it on the crossover before vanilla addition and I believe it is going to be great. Will bottle this weekend. The kit itself is top notch as are the ingredients, the Madagascar vanilla beans are potent and can't wait to open the first one.October 2, 2015Extremely good.Without the vanilla this would make a solid porter in it's own right. With it - it is something special. I split and soaked the beans for 2 weeks in about a half cup of vodka, then poured the whole thing 10 days before bottling.Perfect.July 25, 2015
- Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 8 answersI 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.BEST ANSWER: Well I'm a newbie but adding some oats may help. On the other hand a porter generally has a lighter mouth feelWhat 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!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.Do you know if this kit will be available in the future?BEST ANSWER: We do not have plans to carry this kit in the future. There have been issues with getting the vanilla beans. Sorry for any inconvenience!Can a newbie to this process, utilize the Dry Dock Urca Vanilla Porter Pro Series All-Grain Kit with success?BEST ANSWER: Yes
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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