Brewing on a school night

One thing I tell friends about parenthood is that the important stuff sticks around. You may not be able to spend a weekend binge-watching shows anymore, but you’ll find ways to keep the hobbies that are important to you.

Jenny got me Adventures In Homebrewing’s Vanilla Porter recipe for my birthday. I’ve made this kit before and it’s tasty. So, last night after we got the girls in bed, I was able to brew a batch of beer.

I don’t have 6 hours to spare for an all-grain batch. It was satisfying to knock out an extract beer in 3 hours (including clean up). Sure it was a bit cold in the garage, but the nice thing about brewing in the winter is that the wort chills much faster.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 60 min 25.0 IBUs 22.8 SRM 1.056 1.015 5.4 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Porter 20 A 1.05 - 1.07 1.012 - 1.018 25 - 50 22 - 40 2.3 - 2.9 4.8 - 6.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 8 oz 5.56
Black (Patent) Malt 4 oz 2.78
Chocolate Malt 4 oz 2.78
Pale Liquid Extract 8 lbs 88.89

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cluster 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 7
Willamette 1 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 5.5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Vanilla Bean 2.00 Items 0 min Secondary Spice

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
SafAle English Ale (S-04) DCL/Fermentis 73% 59°F - 75.2°F

Bell’s Batch 10,000 Ingredient List

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  • Best barley smoked
  • Briess barley 2 row brewers
  • Briess barley 6 row brewers
  • Briess barley aromatic
  • Briess barley ashburne
  • Briess barley black
  • Briess barley black barley
  • Briess barley Blackprinz
  • Briess barley bonlander
  • Briess barley C-10
  • Briess barley C-120
  • Briess barley C-20
  • Briess barley C-40
  • Briess barley C-60
  • Briess barley C-80
  • Briess barley C-90
  • Briess barley carabrown
  • Briess barley Caramunich
  • Briess barley carapils 2row
  • Briess barley Caravienne
  • Briess barley CBW – amber
  • Briess barley CBW – dark
  • Briess barley chocolate
  • Briess barley dark chocolate
  • Briess barley extra special
  • Briess barley flaked barley
  • Briess barley M-10
  • Briess barley MI-120
  • Briess barley MI-flakes
  • Briess barley pale ale
  • Briess barley pilsen
  • Briess barley roast barley
  • Briess barley smoked
  • Briess barley special roast
  • Briess barley victory
  • Briess barley vienna
  • Briess oats flaked oats
  • Briess rice flaked rice
  • Briess rye flaked rye
  • Briess rye rye
  • Briess wheat caracrystal wheat
  • Briess wheat CBW – wheat
  • Briess wheat midnight wheat
  • Briess wheat MI-wheat
  • Briess wheat red wheat
  • Briess wheat torrefied wheat
  • Briess wheat white wheat
  • Bunge corn flaked corn
  • Castle barley biscuit
  • Castle barley black
  • Castle barley special B
  • CMC barley distillers
  • Crisp barley dark munich
  • Crisp barley dextrin malt
  • Crisp barley pale chocolate
  • Dingemans barley aromatic
  • Dingemans barley biscuit
  • Dingemans barley cara 20
  • Dingemans barley cara 8
  • Durst barley turbo pils
  • Gambrinus barley ESB
  • Gambrinus barley Honey (Bruehmalz)
  • Gilbertson buckwheat torrefied buckwheat
  • Global barley Koelsch
  • Grain Millers wheat flaked wheat
  • Maltexco barley crystal
  • Muntons barley mile ale
  • Simpsons barley 50/60
  • Simpsons barley all star
  • Simpsons barley coffee malt
  • Simpsons barley crystal extra dark
  • Simpsons barley golden promise
  • Simpsons barley heritage crystal
  • Simpsons barley peated
  • Simpsons oats naked oats
  • Simpsons rye crystal rye
  • Simpsons wheat roasted coffee wheat
  • Thomas Fawcett barley amber
  • Thomas Fawcett barley brown
  • Thomas Fawcett barley chocolate
  • Thomas Fawcett barley dark crystal
  • Thomas Fawcett barley halcyon
  • Thomas Fawcett barley Maris Otter
  • Thomas Fawcett barley optic
  • Thomas Fawcett barley pearl
  • Thomas Fawcett oats oat malt
  • Weyermann barley abbey malt
  • Weyermann barley acidulated
  • Weyermann barley bohemian floor malt
  • Weyermann barley caraamber
  • Weyermann barley caraaroma
  • Weyermann barley carabelge
  • Weyermann barley carabohemian
  • Weyermann barley carafa 1
  • Weyermann barley carared
  • Weyermann barley melanoidin malt
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  • Weyermann rye chocolate rye
  • Weyermann wheat carawheat
  • Weyermann wheat chocolate wheat
  • Weyermann wheat diastatic

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  • Colombus
  • Crystal
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  • Delta
  • Fuggle
  • Galena
  • German Magnum
  • Glacier
  • Goldings
  • GR Hersbrucker
  • Herkules
  • Horizon
  • Liberty
  • Magnum
  • Merkur
  • MI Hops
  • Millenium
  • Mt. Hood
  • Mt. Ranier
  • N Brewer
  • Newport
  • Nugget
  • NZ Motueka
  • Opal
  • Palisade
  • Perle
  • Premiant
  • Santiam
  • Saphir
  • Simcoe
  • Smaragd
  • Sorachi Ace
  • Spalt
  • Sterling
  • Strisselspalt
  • Styrian Aurora
  • Styrian Bobek
  • Styrian Goldings
  • Summitt
  • Super Galena
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  • UK Challenger
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  • UK Sovereign
  • UK WGV
  • Vanguard
  • Warrior
  • Willamette

Dry Hopping (32)

  • Amarillo
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  • Chinook
  • Cluster
  • Columbus
  • Crystal
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  • Glacier
  • Horizon
  • Liberty
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  • Millennium
  • Mt Hood
  • Mt. Rainier
  • Newport
  • NZ MotuekaPalisade
  • Santiam
  • Simcoe
  • Smaragd
  • Spalt
  • Strisselspalt
  • Styrian Aurora
  • Styrian Bobek
  • Styrian Golding
  • Summit
  • Tettnang
  • UK E Kent Goldings
  • UK WGV
  • Vanguard
  • Warrior
  • Willamette