Nilla Porter

Nilla Porter is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
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An American Porter festooned opulently with hints of toffee and vanilla. The robust flavors meld into each other to create a wonderful balance reminiscent of coffee, toffee and chocolate all bolstered by the undertone of vanilla, and the creamy texture of the carbonation finishes off this brew with aplomb.

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    What You Get

    1 American Porter Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Smooth

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

    2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract

    For Fans Of

    Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

    Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.053

    Final Gravity: 1.010

    ABV: 5.2%

    SRM: (Color): 22

    IBU: (Bitterness): 41

    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 keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. 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 cleaning solution prior to using.

    5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to 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.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, add in the 1 cup of brown sugar and bring the mixture to a low boil then remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Extras

    Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer which will impart more flavor and aroma in your finished brew.

    1. At day 7 of fermentation use a clean dry measuring spoon, quickly remove the lid of your fermenter and gently add in the vanilla extract, then quickly put the lid back on.

    2. Allow to ferment for 7 more days.

    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 a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with 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 using 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 to sit 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.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by mick from wonderful!!! This was the 4th batch of beer I have brewed, and it was the best. Fermented for three weeks and bottled conditioned for an additional three weeks. The taste, color, and aroma were perfect.
    Date published: 2016-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Timbo from So Easy! I love Mr. Beer!!!!!!! Thanks for making home brewing so simple!
    Date published: 2020-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by fishboy55 from One of the best brews to date This is truly a great American porter. Followed the instructions exactly and am truly impressed. Allow three weeks to ferment and four weeks to condition and you'll have an awesome beer. Subtle vanilla flavor. exceptional head retention and a smooth beer. One of my best and now favorite recipes!
    Date published: 2018-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by T Don from Mr Beer FTW Truth be told, I havent brewed this yet but is in my 'brew backlog' due to the amazing sales that Mr Beer puts on. Based on previous experiences with Mr Beer, this wil be a fun brew to create and enjoy. The service that Mr Beer provides is top notch and havent been let down yet. Follow the directions, experiment when you're ready and understand the brew methods.. and ENJOY!!
    Date published: 2020-07-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Jake the Beerman from Tasty - With More Vanilla I've generally moved up to more challenging recipes, but I keep including this one when I order because it turns out so well for one of Mr. Beer's least costly recipes. I was just okay with it the first time I brewed it. But since then, I add more vanilla extract - 3 tbsps instead of 2. The extra vanilla makes it work for me.
    Date published: 2020-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Tjor from It's not just for the holidays any more. We used to buy Snowdrift for the holidays, but it wasn't always locally available, no guarantee we could find it every Christmas. Mr Brew's Nilla Porter solved that. This is very easy to brew, and customizable to our tastes. I'm brewing my second batch of the year. This is my wife's favorite beer by far.
    Date published: 2021-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JeremyB from Chilla with the 'Nilla My second time brewing this and did not disappoint. I let it sit in the fridge for a cpl extra weeks and the vanilla is at the perfect level for my taste. Not a heavy weighted brew. Great for an after work, relax on the deck beer. Will make again
    Date published: 2020-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gypsum 1 from Great taste I tried this recipe in October. I added 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to each bottle before bottling, per brew masters tip. I also let it condition for 25 days. Turned out GREAT!(:~>
    Date published: 2020-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Easy recipe, be patient Easy recipe to follow. Currently letting it bottle condition for a bit longer than the initial 2 weeks. Other reviewers mentioned this one gets better with time.
    Date published: 2020-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by David123 from Great Product Have had various products and all taste great, easy to brew. All my drinking friends ask me when I am making the next batch so they can come over.
    Date published: 2021-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnS from Add vanilla whiskey! Nice porter. Maybe add a bit more vanilla. I added a shot of jim Beam vanilla whiskey to a few of the bottles and that turned out amazing!
    Date published: 2021-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Poppa G from Nilla Porter is a Fan Favorite Rich & smooth. My friends who have tasted this one have really enjoyed it. Extremely satisfying!
    Date published: 2020-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris d from Vanilla Porter This is a step up recipe that I really liked if you like vanilla Porter‘s you’ll like this
    Date published: 2020-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Very good dark brew. Easy to brew. Expected more vanilla flavor. I'll add more vanilla next time.
    Date published: 2020-09-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by smcclurg from nice porter First bottle after 5 weeks, not bad, I will brew again but add more vanilla.
    Date published: 2020-11-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by TexEd from Smooth for Porte Smooth taste. I did add I little more vanilla but taste great.
    Date published: 2017-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill G from Great beer Very easy to brew and it has an amazing flavor nice and creamy
    Date published: 2021-03-10
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