Bourbon Barrel Porter All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Bourbon barrel-aged beers have been a hugely popular style ever since American craft brewers first started exploring this deliciously innovative technique in the 1990s. And the results of those experiments have only become more sought-after over the past decades.

We've packed the best elements of the style, along with the finest ingredients, into a foolproof recipe kit that brings the best of the craft breweries to you. By starting with a stronger-than-average robust porter, then infusing it with bourbon-soaked oak (we recommend Maker's Mark), the end result is quite possibly the best beer ever.

You'll have to supply your own bourbon, so be sure to save a little to sip on brew day to really capture the spirit. The intense aroma and flavor of toasted American oak and the sweet graininess of good bourbon meld with the bittersweet roastiness of porter to make for a very characterful beer.

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results.

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Additional information

SKU 1604
Beer Color Dark
Original Gravity

1065

Total Time to Make 2 months
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content High
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style Stout/Porter
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 69 reviews
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Dwane s.
first try

This was out first bear using our new electric brew system, In general the process went fairly smoothly despite a few learning challenges. We had to use a different yeast as the one suggested was out of stock. We chose “darkness” instead.

We prepped our yeast prior to brewing and it was ready to go. It didn’t produce as much or as sustained activity as I expected, but appears to have completed. In fact we ended up with an a 22% beer post fermentation despite have a pre-fermentation SG right about where I expected.

That’s plenty strong….Go Darkness I guess…

The instructions should have been far more details about how to prep the oak chips. We looked on line at different approaches, but I’m not convinced we did that step correctly. All in all, it came out fine, if somewhat strong. We were hoping for a beer that was a bit richer and flavor forward. I suspect we really need to put it in a real keg to loose some alcohol and water, but I don’t have one handy. Its not bad, jut not exactly what we were hoping for. We added some coco nibs in secondary, and that has helped some. I’m hoping we can let it age a bit more and go from there. Right now I am not getting much oak or bourbon flavor...

The kit was complete, but some additional recommendations on using adjuncts would have been handy

P
PDR
First taste of bourbon barrel porter...

brewed this batch with 8 days in primary with White Labs WLP007; split in half for 4 weeks in secondaries. used half (1.5 oz) of the oak cubes in 8 oz EWBIB for one portion and 1.5 oz oak cubes in EWBIB that had been extracting vanilla beans for several weeks + 3 vanilla beans. Now 9 days in keg. First impression is that the vanilla balances flavors a bit better, but both are a bit more oaky than ideal. Not too far off from Founders KBS though?
We’ll see if it mellows with age in keg. if i brew again i might dial back on the oak and perhaps dial up the vanilla.

B
Brent J.
Bourbon Barrel Porter

This recipe is a favorite. I've brewed it multiple times both extract and all grain. Best if aged at least as long as the instructions. Even better when aged a few weeks more.

C
Customer
Second Purchase

I haven't brewed this one yet but, that last one was GREAT. I only have 1 or 2 bottles left. It aged VERY well. (I have pretty much been adding extra 2lbs of base malt to NB kits. )

T
Tony P.
Great kit

I've made this one several times, and it's always a very tasty beer. Great service, as always.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 69 reviews
81%
(56)
17%
(12)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
Dwane s.
first try

This was out first bear using our new electric brew system, In general the process went fairly smoothly despite a few learning challenges. We had to use a different yeast as the one suggested was out of stock. We chose “darkness” instead.

We prepped our yeast prior to brewing and it was ready to go. It didn’t produce as much or as sustained activity as I expected, but appears to have completed. In fact we ended up with an a 22% beer post fermentation despite have a pre-fermentation SG right about where I expected.

That’s plenty strong….Go Darkness I guess…

The instructions should have been far more details about how to prep the oak chips. We looked on line at different approaches, but I’m not convinced we did that step correctly. All in all, it came out fine, if somewhat strong. We were hoping for a beer that was a bit richer and flavor forward. I suspect we really need to put it in a real keg to loose some alcohol and water, but I don’t have one handy. Its not bad, jut not exactly what we were hoping for. We added some coco nibs in secondary, and that has helped some. I’m hoping we can let it age a bit more and go from there. Right now I am not getting much oak or bourbon flavor...

The kit was complete, but some additional recommendations on using adjuncts would have been handy

P
PDR
First taste of bourbon barrel porter...

brewed this batch with 8 days in primary with White Labs WLP007; split in half for 4 weeks in secondaries. used half (1.5 oz) of the oak cubes in 8 oz EWBIB for one portion and 1.5 oz oak cubes in EWBIB that had been extracting vanilla beans for several weeks + 3 vanilla beans. Now 9 days in keg. First impression is that the vanilla balances flavors a bit better, but both are a bit more oaky than ideal. Not too far off from Founders KBS though?
We’ll see if it mellows with age in keg. if i brew again i might dial back on the oak and perhaps dial up the vanilla.

B
Brent J.
Bourbon Barrel Porter

This recipe is a favorite. I've brewed it multiple times both extract and all grain. Best if aged at least as long as the instructions. Even better when aged a few weeks more.

C
Customer
Second Purchase

I haven't brewed this one yet but, that last one was GREAT. I only have 1 or 2 bottles left. It aged VERY well. (I have pretty much been adding extra 2lbs of base malt to NB kits. )

T
Tony P.
Great kit

I've made this one several times, and it's always a very tasty beer. Great service, as always.