Special B Porter

Porters and IPAs are personally my favorite styles. I love them and there are very few people except my homebrewing friends who can have more than a pint of these.
So I get to have all of it for myself :)

I have been making my Robust porter consistently for quite a while now. I wanted to add a twist to it.
With an itch to try a new malt, which in this case is Special B Malt, I present the Special B Porter.
I was expecting Rum and Raisin flavors out of it, according to the malt description.



Recipe


8 L, all-grain / extractOG = 1.065  FG = 1.011IBU = 32

Grains
2.5 kg  Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
100g   Special B Malt
200g  Oats
120g   Chocolate Malt
30g     Black Patent Malt

Hops
8.5 g    Columbus Hops ( 60 mins )
5 g       East Kent Golding Hops ( 5 mins )

Yeast
Wyeast 1056 Yeast ( Feel free to use any Neutral Dry yeast )

Other
2g Baking Soda - To adjust Mash Ph.

Tasting Notes

I wanted a typical rum and raisin flavor in this beer, and there was a little bit of it. I was expecting the usual chocolate and coffee flavors too which were not as prominent.
The Special B gave a unique flavour to this beer which is very hard to describe. It completely overpowered the other malts. Many people on the brewing forums had warned against using too much of Special B precisely for this reason. But I was surprised that a mere 100 grams of the malt could do this !!!

It is a nice drinkable porter with very different flavor. 

Would I use the Special B malt again in my porters ? Maybe not.
I would use it in a Belgian Dubbel where it will feel at home, not fighting with all the other strong malts :)

7 comments:

  1. Nice stuff Sapan. Have you considered going pro? (Im guessing you've already been asked this quite a lot)

    Dnyanesh -> dnyanesh2909@gmail.com

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    1. Almost every homebrewer has considered going Pro after he has made a few beers ;) Same for me.

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    2. And what's stopping you then?
      I just want to know pratical difficulties ...

      PS - stopped by the blog to check out if any new recipes posted

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    3. Microbrewery is a completely different ball game. Its a a business, and brewing beer is only a small part of it.
      Some perspective here - http://microbrewr.com/

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    4. Don't forget that you have maintain quality and sell the beer amongst fierce competition, in a whiskey and rum drinking market.

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  2. Yeah most home brewing books subtlety or overtly encourage one to remain a hobbyist for a host of reasons. There's no point going against the powerful commercial beer industry.

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  3. Yeah most home brewing books subtlety or overtly encourage one to remain a hobbyist for a host of reasons. There's no point going against the powerful commercial beer industry.

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