Pecan Porter

Pecan Porter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11.
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A Pecan Porter….mmmmmm….it is so good, like better than we thought it would be. We did think about just keeping it all for ourselves but what’s the fun in that! This is a full boded beer with some amazing flavors that would just make a great porter by itself, but then you add in a little toasted pecan which takes this beer over the top. A must brew beer for fall and winter.

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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)

    2 Packets of BrewMax LME Smooth

    1 Packet of Flaked Oats

    1 Packet of Crystal Malt 40

    1 Packet of Red wheat Flakes

    1 Packet of Lactose Sugar

    2 Muslin Hops Sacks

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    6oz of Crushed Pecans

    2 Tablets of Beano 

    For Fans Of

    Quest Brewing Co. Pecan Porter

    Big Texan Brewery's Pecan Porter

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Malty

    Original Gravity: 1.050

    Final Gravity: 1.011

    ABV: 5.1%

    SRM: (Color): 17

    IBU: (Bitterness): 40


    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's in hot tap water.

    2. Open all the packets of grain and pour into 1 muslin sack and tie it closed.

    3. In your clean 4-quart or larger pot add 6oz of crushed pecans and heat dry over low heat until lightly toasted. (You can add more to get more of a pecan flavor in your beer. 6oz will give you a light hint of pecans in the beer.)

    4. Remove the nuts from the pot and let them cool. Once cool add the pecans into the other muslin sack.

    5. Using the measuring cup, pour 6 cups of water into your pot. Bring this mixture to a temperature of 155-165 degrees. Then add 2 tablets of Beano and add in the grain sack and sack of pecans to the hot water to steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees. Then remove from heat.

    6. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain sack. Discard grain sack once drained. The sack of pecans will remain in the pot and remain in your fermenter during fermentation.

    7. Bring the grain water to a low boil then add in the packet of lactose, mix until dissolved then remove from heat.

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

    9. 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.

    10. 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).

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

    12. 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 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    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 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 solutions 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 sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    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 Joewhat from Favorite Beer I've Made I've made this beer three times now and it's a huge hit not only for me but for sharing. A couple of things, make sure you lightly roast the pecans long enough to pull out oils so it doesn't hurt the head on the beer (also dry them on paper towels) and if you want more of a pecan flavor (as I do) use 10 ounces of pecans. Finally the hardest part is wait over a month after bottling before tasting. I found this on my second batch when I didn't try it until 6 weeks after bottling. The beer is a little sweet which goes well with the pecan flavor and very smooth. Great overall beer.
    Date published: 2024-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrike from A Tasty Nut Beer This is a tasty pecan porter. The pecan is subtle on the aroma and taste...until the slight bitterness fades and the nuttiness comes to the fore on the aftertaste. It has a pleasant touch of sweetness from the lactose. I'll brew this one again.
    Date published: 2020-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Have Another from Pecan Porterness This brew has just a hint of Pecan and a nice roasted flavor.
    Date published: 2020-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JHein from Hubbs is excited about this one Bought for my husband for Christmas, he hasn't brewed this one up yet. He decided to brew the Chocolate Orange stout i got him first. But he is supper stocked about the pecan.
    Date published: 2023-01-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Michigan brewer from Not bad Not a bad porter, the pecan flavor was very muted and over shadowed by the porter. It’s just for the amount of pecans I used I expected more of the flavor.
    Date published: 2020-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jerry V from Very good! Improvised with bourbon. Tastes great! I added bourbon to half the bottles, which turned out great as well. Will definitely make this again.
    Date published: 2023-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by George T from Pecan Porter will be great! Carbonating now. The wort tastes and smells great!
    Date published: 2020-11-01
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    I'm also wondering what the Beano tablets are for.

    Asked by: Eric Clifford
    The Beano tablets provide extra enzymes to help convert certain starches into fermentable sugars. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-22

    Wondering what the beano tablets are for?

    Asked by: Bones brewing
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