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Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.
We’re kicking off the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits with a true original. Until now, Goose Island’s legendary Milk Porter has been available exclusively to lucky patrons of the Fulton & Wood Street Tasting Room. But now, you can be among the first to brew this Chicago house favorite at your house. We partnered with Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to scale this recipe perfectly for homebrewers while retaining every last drop of its decadent, deep chocolate hue and oh-so-sippable character. The result is an unbelievably memorable brew that captures the creamy essence of the eggnog cocktail that inspired it, along with notes of milk chocolate, nutmeg and a big, toasty malt backbone. Brew plenty, because this is one beer that tends to acquire a following, and you’ll want to savor it as long as you can.
The Good StuffBrewing Notes:
- Style: Porter
- Fermentation Range: 65F - 69F
- OG: 1.079
- SRM: 31
- IBUs: 22
- ABV: 6.6%
- Milk Chocolate
- Approachable Roast
- Smooth Body
- Complex Creaminess
- Malted Milk Balls
Dark chocolate porter with creamy tan-colored head. There is an aroma of milk chocolate and approachable roast. The flavor is amplified by a noticeable mouth coating smoothness and a lingering wood-like aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and a lactose backbone further encourage a uniquely inspired porter that sips oh-so-smoothly. Think Malted Milk Balls with a crisp, delicious finish.
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Giving beer lovers insider access to the craft of making beer has been a core part of Goose Island’s brewing philosophy from the very start. Founder John Hall firmly believed that the secret to boosting interest in craft beer was permitting consumers to see the craft itself. And so, almost 30 years ago, Goose Island became one of the first brewpubs to showcase the actual brewing process. Inviting beer lovers to share in that craft is just the next natural step in a long line of innovation that has produced wildly popular limited editions like Bourbon County Series, as well as beloved mainstays now enjoyed around the world.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Goose Island Milk Porter Extract Recipe Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1079 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
4.7 / 5.012 ReviewsA truly special brewSmooth and surprisingly easy to drink. I fermented around 68 degrees and kegged. Very tasty beer.April 27, 2017Purchased
1 week agoMy first PorterThis beer was a joy to brew. I just bottled it 3 days ago so it still has a couple of weeks to condition and carbonate to perfection. But the sweet, smooth smell and rich, deep color nearly drove me insane while I was bottling it. I sneaked a quick taste and it was delicious. I am not typically a porter man as I tend to lean toward IPAs, but this may change my attitude. I can't wait for the 2 weeks to be up!April 27, 2017Purchased
2 months agoAwesomeVery awesome taste. Love the color and the flavor
I'm an avid IPA drinker but this could make me switchApril 27, 2017Goose Island Milk PorterJust started the kit 04/23. Forgot to make my yeast starter but used both packets of the Wyeast liquid yeast that came with the kit. The whole grain directions were spot on and everything worked very well. My OG was perfect at 1.080. All my new whole grain equipment worked very well. My temperatures were spot on. It took 48 Hrs to start good fermentation but is really rippin at 68 degrees. Could start it some cooler with a yeast starter. Can't wait to get this finished up.April 27, 2017Grat smelling.We brewed this as an all grain with triple decoction. Our SG came in at 1.09 even though we had a little over 5 gallons. It is some of the best smelling beer we have made. We used only one pouch of Yyeast but used 2 cans of fast pitch. I will update this when we keg it. I am expecting a great tasting beer.April 27, 2017Perhaps My Best Brew YetThis was my ninth extract kit brew. OG 1.080, SG 1.025, 7.2% ABV. Aerated with a diffusion stone. Pitched 2 packs of Safale S-04 on the surface. Racked to secondary after two weeks (I have only used a secondary twice. It resulted in a nice clean pour). Bottled at four weeks using 3.35oz of corn sugar for a target of 2.1 CO2. I couldn't wait so I had one bottle at 1 week, one at 2 weeks, and just had by third at 3 weeks. The third was delicious and at a perfect carbonation level.
Note: Recipe is incorrect. Kit comes with 3lbs of DME. Recipe says 2lbs. If you only put 2lbs in you just end up with less ABV. I added all 3lbs. Also, you add only half the packet of NB hops (0.5 oz) per the recipe. The smallest size hops is 1oz, so you just don't use the rest.April 27, 2017Purchased
2 months agoA couple of helpful tips.Follow the brewing directions on water volume.....and have a pot with plenty of room. The wort really boils upward after you add the lactose and DME. Boil overs are no fun. Also...use a 6 gallon first fermentor bucket or use a blow off tube. I was surprised to find the lid of my 5 gal fermenting bucket pushed up and brown sticky beer dripping down the side of the bucket onto my floor. Doubling up on the yeast results in a very aggressive Krausen. I have my beer in bottles now and won't be giving it a taste for a few weeks.April 27, 2017Purchased
1 month agoYet to be seen.....Just wanted to get a comment out here on this awesome kit. I made a yeast starter with 2 packs of the Safale S-04. When I woke up in the morning it was going crazy (glad I used the big blowoff tube). The unfortunate result of that was the temp got away from me during that first day and was basically finished power converting in 2 days. My OG was right around the 1.075 mark. I have had it on secondary fermentation for 2.5 weeks and there is no more movement in the airlock so i kegged it today. Definitely have the evil banana aroma going on from Ester production in a hot fermentation.
Bottom line is watch the temps carefully on this one! I think it would be best around 65 degrees but it will still heat up on you with all that yeast. My plan is to give it some time in the keg before tapping. I welcome any suggestions.
Banana milk porter. Might be awesome....April 9, 2017Can't wait to try itIt smelled so good during the boil that I scooped a mug out and drank it hot. It was good then, I can't wait to open the first bottle when it is done. I use O2 before primary, and the double liquid yeast may have been a bit of overkill - it was the most active fermentation I've ever had. This one will be really good.April 12, 2017Purchased
1 month agoProgressing nicely3 weeks since brew day and this is progressing nicely. I've sampled it twice and the taste is already exceeding my expectations which is uncommon for most dark beers I've brewed. Great chocolate flavors with enough body to support the deep flavors. I have not had the original to compare it, but can say with complete confidence that this will be a great homebrew. Hoping to keg in the next 2-3 weeks and will provide an update on how things are going after it carbs.April 3, 2017
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 8 answerswhat is the best yeast to match the original brewery recipe?BEST ANSWER: We would suggest either of the liquid options, as they are quite comparable to what is used in the brewery.What is the target final gravity for this beer?BEST ANSWER: 1.018 sgIf I do a yeast starter for this should I still use two yeast packets or just one?BEST ANSWER: If you are doing a yeast starter, you could still use both packets of yeast. It would not be necessary though as the starter should provide you with plenty of yeast cells for a successful fermentation.Is this meant to be served on Nitro?BEST ANSWER: HI there, it can be served on nitro but it's not designed to be only for nitro. Cheers!The kit comes with 2 packs of yeast. Is that enough for the high starting gravity as mentioned?
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