A substantial porter that will be ready to drink for my wife's (it ends in a "0") birthday. She wanted it chocolatey.
Mash - 1 hour total - initial temperature 63°C rising to 67°C after 10 minutes, unfortunately reaching 75°C after a further 10 mins before being corrected to 67°C for the remainder of the mash.
4.0 Kg pale malt
510g crystal malt
300g Amber malt
300g Brown malt
300g Chocolate malt
20g Maple syrup
Boil - 1 hour 20 mins
Chinook hops (11.8% alpha acid): 10g at start of boil & 10g after 20mins.
Fuggles hops (4.2% alpha acid): 10g after 40mins, 12g after 50mins.
Final volume 22 litres & OG not measured. From the handy calculator this should give me 32 IBU & 4.5% alcohol roughly.
Yeast strain used: Safale us-05 dry ale yeast resurrected from my Chinook 58.
Verdict on bottling: Very black, viscous, big bodied, chocolatey beer. Very little hop character or bitterness. A thumbs-up from Mrs DM!
Verdict after 1 week: Still much as above but absolutley perfect clarity can be seen through the very dark beer. Mrs DM is not such a fan anymore now it's dried out a little & carbonated up. Shaping up nicely.
Verdict after 4 weeks: A little of the body has gone to make a drier beer, but still a big, full mouthfeel beer. Good roasted malt flavour & very smooth.