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- NB's hometown gives its name to our robust porter kit - an assertive black ale dominated by roast-coffee and chocolate character and hop bitterness. Toffee-like maltiness and citrusy hop flavor are in there as well, with a medium-full body and lingering roast malt/hop bitterness before a bittersweet finish. We like spiking barbecue sauce with a splash of this porter; it's also great with strong cheese like sharp cheddar or Stilton.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for St. Paul Porter Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1052 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.8 / 5.088 ReviewsA great beer as a baseUsed this as a base for a vanilla porter. I sampled a vanilla porter while visiting a brewery/restaurant in St Louis which prompted me to make one at home. Added two vanilla beans in a secondary for 4 weeks and was pleasantly surprised with the final product. The beer had the rich tones of chocolate with a hint of sweet vanilla and a snap of bitterness that begged for another long sip. It will be a sad day when that keg is finished. Have to add it as an annual fall/winter beer.January 12, 2018Purchased
3 months agoVery good porterVery good porter. It was in the primary for 9days, secondary for 7, kegged and force carbed and was drinking it on day 17! Next round will have coffee added and will be bottled. Until then ??!December 17, 2017Purchased
3 months agoGreat base porter, better with cold brew addedThis is a wonderful porter, but it's also a wonderful base to add cold brew coffee, if you're into that sort of thing. As part of my top-up water to hit the 5G mark, I added about 24oz of the French Roast cold brew concentrate that's available at almost any Trader Joe's store. Result: only the best cold brew coffee porter I've ever had. If you want a real coffee taste that can stand up against a good porter, concentrate is key, so Chameleon or another good quality concentrate would likely do the trick. I also make my own cold brew coffee, but I'm not sure if it's strong enough to really get the taste I want. This is part of my normal rotation now.September 3, 2017impressedReally like this one after only 6 weeks in the cave. I made it for football season in the Fall, just tasting to keep an eye on the progress. This is a good one. Should be top notch after 6 months. Bravo. I may give it 5 stars when the snow flies.July 9, 2017Purchased
12 months agoDelicious porter!Brewed this a few weeks ago for a family gathering. 2 weeks primary (66C), 4 weeks secondary, 2 weeks in bottles. Used the dry yeast pack.
This beer was great to brew and started off well from the start. Sampled some moving into secondary (delicious) and the complexity improved with aging. Dark body with a full and roasted flavor. FG of 1.012
Everyone was very happy and enjoyed the beer - in a crowd that loves their porters.May 8, 2017Purchased
1 year agocoiffee, chocolate goodnessgreat winter beer, ah heck, good for spring and summer too when you want a break from the light stuff.April 5, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoDelicious & QuickHad it in the primary for 1 week, secondary for 1 week, and then bottle for two weeks and it turned out awesome! Very good porter for a great price. Easy to brew!March 9, 2017Great roasty beer that's not too strongThis is by far the best beer that I have brewed to this point. I added 1 pound of rolled oats to improve the body of the beer and it is fantastic. If you are looking for a great roasted beer with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate but don't want to use the additives this is it. I will definitely brew this beer againFebruary 16, 2017Purchased
1 year agomy favoritewe have made this kit many times and it is still my favorite.September 13, 2016DeliciousJust opened and drank our first bottle. Primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 4 weeks, in the bottle for 3. All of the flavors in the description are there, especially the toffee and coffee flavors. Might need another week in the bottle before being perfect, but a great porter. Can't wait to make it again.August 9, 2016
- Browse 6 questions Browse 6 questions and 20 answersDoes the base kit have everything to make beer with ?BEST ANSWER: In one word; yes. However I sometimes a little more malt, ( DME,) and cut back on the hops some. Occasionally I do some other modifications, but yes, everything is there!when pitching the yeast, would adding an extra package of dry yeast improve anything? I have heard of guys putting 2 in instead of one pack of dry yeast in there wart.BEST ANSWER: Hello: I learned sometime ago that the best course of action is to brew a yeast starter the day before you are set to brew a batch. It's easy to do, and guarantees enough yeast cell count for full fermentation. You can always add more yeast, but that won't necessarily help. Brewing a yeast starter works every single time! Consider it. Good luck!Would it be possible to add coconut to this recipe during fermentation to add a little bit of that flavor? I don't want to ruin it, but would love the coconut flavoring.BEST ANSWER: Yes you can but do not go overboard. I get a hint of coconut flavor I would recommend 2 to 4 oz shredded coconut. Good luck and have fun.What is the average ABV?BEST ANSWER: I did this NB kit back in 2015. Total time in fermentation was 6 weeks. Another month in bottle before we started enjoying them. My ABV came out at 6.1%. We're porter and stout fans and this is a good porter kit.Hi, I've never used a kit like this before, but I would like to get one for my boyfriend who is interested in learning how to brew. I may be missing something on this page, but I'm wondering what all is included in the base kit when it comes to physical items (bag, hydrometer, fermenter etc)?
Also, does anyone have any tips or suggestions? (ie, which kit from northern brewer might be a better start?) ~Thanks!BEST ANSWER: the only items included are the ingredients for the brew -- like a cake mix. In addition to the Extract kit, you will need to purchase brewing and fermentation equipment (brew pot, fermenters pail, siphon, hydrometer, cleaning and sanitation materials, bottles, caps). Alot of this is included in the delux starting kit (http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits/deluxe-beer-brewing-starter-kit), but not all. Well worth the purchase. my husband and i really enjoy brewing :)I've seen many positive reviews for this beer, but some claim that it's not as substantial of a porter as they'd prefer. Has anyone here added malto-dextrin, to add body and more mouth feel to this kit, and if so, how would you rate the result? Thank you.BEST ANSWER: I have added MD and it adds body. In my opinion this is an excellent porter that actually borders on stout territory. One of the best beers i make and everyone loves it. Sometimes I add Cocoa nibs to the fermentor and it also makes the flavor more robust. But only if you like nuances of cocoa.
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