Narcissistic Second Tier Demon

With Halloween falling on a Saturday (which includes a full moon), I thought we should brew another Witches Brew. But with the pandemic and most of the guys having prior commitments, it looks like this might turn into a solo brew day. After thinking it over, I will stay away from a big Belgian like the previous Witches Brew and instead brew a dark, malty English-ish Porter. I will be using up mostly ingredients I have on hand. Some of the darker malts have been in storage for a while but whatever. It will be beer. The only things I had to buy was a few ounces of hops and yeast. In the spirit of the original Witches Brew, I will be tossing in 7 types of malts and 3 types of hops. Will also add some granola to the mash. Maybe a slice of pizza.

And with election day just 3 days after brew day, I will let you figure out who this beer name refers to. Thank you Marc Maron for this gem.

October 31, 2020

Robust/English Porter – 12.5 gallons

Grain Bill

  • 18 lb. Maris Otter
  • 5 lb. Munich
  • 1.9 lb. Crystal 60
  • 14 oz. Chocolate
  • 14 oz. Roasted
  • 8 oz. Black Patent – late addition
  • 7 oz. Carafa III – late addition
  • 28 oz. Granola

Hop Bill

  • 3 oz. East Kent Golding pellet – 4.7 & 4.4 – 60 mins.
  • 1 oz. Fuggles pellet – 2.9 – 60 mins.
  • 1 oz. Northern Brewer pellet – 9.9 – 60 mins.
  • 1 oz. Northern Brewer – 9.9 – 20 mins.

Yeast

  • wyeast – 1968 – London ESB Ale

Calculated Stats (Brewers Friend) not counting granola

  • OG – 1.057
  • FG – 1.017
  • IBU – 40
  • SRM – 48
  • ABV – 5.26%

Mash Schedule

Strike 10.5 gallons @ 165˚ – hold 152˚ to 155˚ For 60 minutes.

At 30 minutes add 2 bags (14 oz. ea) Granola and late addition dark malts.

At 60 minutes raise to 168˚ hold for 10 minutes.

Transfer to mash tum.

Vorlauf via pump.

Run off into boil kettle. Collect 15 gallons.

Boil

Hops per above schedule.

Fearing a big overshoot in OG, I added 1 oz Northern Brewer hops at 20 minutes. Probably a good call.

Chilled to 70˚

Transferred via pump to fermenter in kitchen. 13 gallons.

OG = 1.063

Oxygenate and pitch yeast.

Off to a slow start. Probably too cold in the house.

Put Robs heat strap on Sunday night.

Monday morning a stronger bubble.

November 8, 2020

Racked to secondary.

November 28, 2020

Kegged 4 gallons.

Bottled 83 bottles. Mix of 12 and 16 oz.

OG = 1.019 ABV = 5.7%

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