Black & Blue Porter 5 Gallon Recipe
This Black & Blue porter will be sure to cure anything that ales you. After a long day of getting beat down working hard, nothing is more refreshing than an amazing beer at the end of the day. This brew packs some great malty flavors with those roasty flavors you love from a porter, with some great hints of blueberry to smooth it all out. You may be unsure about brewing this one, but this brew will surprise you!
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can Cooper’s Dark UME
1 Can Cooper’s Amber UME
1 Packet of Chocolate Malt
2 Packets of Crystal 60 Malt
1 Packet of Black malt
1 Packet of Northern Brewer hops
1 Packetof Fuggle hops
1 Packet of Mt. Hood hops
1 Packet of Nottingham yeast
5 Hop Sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse
4lbs Frozen Blueberries
FOR FANS OF
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.010
SRM: (Color): 28
IBU: (Bitterness): 30
STEP 1: Sanitizing
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, proceed immediately to brewing.
STEP 2: BREWING
Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.
COLD STEEP PROCESS:
24 hours before brewing, place all the grains into two of the muslin sacks and tie them closed so that the grains have room to flow freely within the sack (the grains can be mixed between the two-sack anyway that you’d like). Place the grain sacks into a sealable container, large enough to hold 2-quarts of water. Add 2-quarts of cold, purified water to your container with the grains and make sure they are submerged. Then, seal the container and place it in the fridge to cold steep for 24 hours.
1. In a 4-gallon or larger pot, add the cold-steeped grain water and both grain sacks, then top off with 2-gallons of cool water. Begin slowly heating the pot to 160F, then remove from heat, rinse the grain sacks with 1-quart of hot tap water (or heated spring water), then discard the grain sacks.
2. While the pot is off the heat add the two cans of malt extract and stir until combined, then bring to a boil.
3. If foam begins to rise, pull the pan off the heat, and lower the temperature slightly, continuing to stir (about 5 to 20 minutes depending on your particular conditions), until you hit the hot break which is where the foam has subsided, and the solution is now boiling.
4. Once the solution is at a low rolling boil and foam has subsided, place the packet of Northern Brewer hops into a hop sack. Add the hopsack to the boiling mixture and set a 60-minute timer. Stir the mixture occasionally to avoid scorching while maintaining the low, rolling boil.
5. Next, place the Fuggle hop pellets into a hop sack and add to the boil once the timer reaches 30 minutes remaining.
6. Place the Mt. Hood pellet hops into the last hopsack and add to the boil when there are 10-minutes remaining.
7. Prepare your plastic fermenter with 2-gallons of cold water. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into your fermenter. Then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5-gallons by adding more cold water.
8. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
9. Sprinkle the Nottingham yeast packet into the keg, and cover with the lid. Do not stir.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 72° F and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.
STEP 3: Adding Extras
Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer that will impart more flavor and aroma to your finished brew.
1. After 7 days, quickly microwave your blueberries to thaw them and add them to your fermenter. Continue to ferment for another 7 days at 70F (or 14-days at 55-60F).
STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating
After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used for bottling. Do not rinse.
3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
Tip from our Brewmasters
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.