Colonial Porter - All-Grain Recipe Kit

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Our founding father's, like all great men, made their own beer.  Probably the most famous is George Washington and his well documented "Small Beer" recipe that you can easily find online.  He also issued a proclamation upon becoming Commander of the Continental Army that his troops would receive a quart of beer as part of their daily ration.  becoming Jefferson was also brewed his own beer, as did his wife, Martha.  He really got into brewing after his retirement and brewed at Monticello.  Madison, the father of our constitution, actually wanted to create a federal brewery and even appoint a "Secretary of Beer" (that would be a cool title), but Congress shot the plan down. 

This Porter is an attempt to brew a Porter like one that would have been brewed by our founding fathers.  It includes some ingredients that known to have been used by colonial brewers, Molasses and Flaked Corn. Modern grains and hops are likely a lot fresher and more efficiant than what colonial brewers were using, especially when they imported ingredients from England, so the only fault in this beer is that it might be better than the original.  Your founding fathers would be proud of you!

Colonial Porter - All-Grain Recipe Kit Instructions


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This recipe calls for molasses which isn't included.

  • Mash at 154 degrees
  • Est. Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
  • Est. Final Gravity: 1.012 - 1.016 SG
  • Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.8 - 6.3%
  • Bitterness: 29.0 IBUs
  • Est. Color: 24.5 SRM
  • Ferment at 65 Degrees