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Alabama Pelican Brown Porter

In the summer of 2019, we visited Gulf Coast Alabama for a family reunion. 

The Brewmaster spent hours walking up and down the beach. 

As you may know,  The Brewmaster is fascinated with the white Colorado pelicans. And,  found himself watching the Brown Pelicans of the gulf quite a bit. 

As he would watch them soaring in formation or diving into the water,  he found himself thinking about brewing. 

He thought it would be cool to take his Colorado Pelican Australian Sparkling Ale recipe, and darken it up to signify the darker color of the gulf pelicans to the Colorado pelicans. 

This is the recipe he came up with. 

The style isn't quite the same as an English porter,  but close enough for homebrew. 

Alabama Pelican --- Batch 1

Style English Porter Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.016 SG
Recipe Bitterness 27.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.6 %
BU : GU   0.531        
Recipe Color 20.1 SRM
Measured OG:       Measured FG:    
ADF:       Measured ABV:    


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
7 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 67.4 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 3 11.2 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 9.0 %
12.0 oz Crystal, Dark (Simpsons) (80.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.7 %
6.0 oz Brown Malt (Crisp) (65.0 SRM) Grain 6 3.4 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (Simpsons) (430.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.2 %
0.250 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 12.4 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 -
2.000 oz Cluster [7.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 14.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Australian Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP009) [35.49 ml] Yeast 11 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.91 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.57gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make yeast starter a couple of days before brew day.
Water profile assumes BeerSmith Denver profile start
Final: Ca=111; Mg=9; Na=21; SO=51; Cl=165; HCO3=104;
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at room temp for 2 weeks.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
08/16/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Changed yeast to WLP013 London Ale. Also decided to go with another once of Cluster hops.
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