Pennsylvania Chocolate Porter 5 Gallon

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Yes, yes, yes!!! This beer is all you want for the holidays. The perfect blend of malts and hops followed by just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate. Before you know it you will be like that poor little chubby kid from Matilda but with chocolate beer all over your face, just slamming more and more beers until you can no longer stay upright and you fall face-first into an empty bottle of beers.

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    1 Can Coopers Devil's Half Ruby Porter HME

    1 Can Coopers Amber Malt

    2 Packets Lactose Sugar

    4 Packets Cacao Nibs

    2 Packets Chocolate Malt

    2 Packets Crystal 40 Malt

    1 Packet S-04 yeast

    4 hop sacks

    2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser


    1/2 cup of Hershey's Dark Cocoa Powder 

    1 cup of Hershey's Syrup with 4 tablespoons of vodka mixed in to thin it out slightly 


    Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter


    Flavor: Sweet

    Original Gravity: 1.058

    Final Gravity: 1.020

    ABV: 5.5%

    SRM: (Color): 30

    IBU: (Bitterness): 42

    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.


    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 the Porter Brewing Extract, then place both unopened cans in hot tap water.

    2. Add the packets of Chocolate Malt to one sack and tie it closed so the grain can flow freely within the sack. Add both packets of Crystal 40 to another one of the hop sacks and tie them closed so that the grain can flow freely within the sack.

    3. Add 8 cups of water to the pot. Bring the water to a temperature of 155-160 and hold the water at that temperature.

    4. Once the temperature range is achieved, add in the grain sacks and allow them to steep holding the temperature range for 30 minutes.

    5. After the 30-minute grain steep has passed remove from heat, rinse the hop sacks in a colander with 1-2 cups of hot water, allowing the run-off to flow back into the pot. DO NOT SQUEEZE THE GRAIN SACKS. Discard grain sacks.

    6. Add two packets of cocoa nibs to a muslin sack and tie closed, set aside.

    7. Next, open the can of Amber UME and stir to dissolve. Then bring this mixture to a low boil. 

    8. Maintain this mixture at a low rolling boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the Cocoa powder and lactose and stir until dissolved, maintain a low rolling boil. Next, add the sack with the cocoa nibs and allow to boil for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes has passed remove the pot from heat. 

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

    10.  Fill your fermenter with 1 gallon of cold water. (If using a Cooper’s BrewMax fermenter, fill with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole)

    11. Pour the wort including the cacao nibs, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5 gallons or 19 liters total, by adding more cold water.

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

    10. Sprinkle the S-04 ale yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Place your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 75° 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. On day 7 of fermentation, sanitize the last hopsack and add in the remaining 2 packets of cocoa nibs and tie closed. Set aside.

    2. Next, add 1 cup of Hershey’s syrup to a sanitized jar or bowl and add the vodka and stir with a sanitized spoon.

    3. Add the chocolate syrup mixture and the sack with cocoa nibs into the fermenter and allow to ferment for 7 more days. (You do not need to stir)

    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.

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