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Jolly Morlock Brown Porter

Brewed: 11/03/2013   Kegged: 11/16/2013

In 2013, I made it SheppyBrew's mission to have brewed at least one all-grain batch in each morlock.JPGof the 23 beer categories (see SheppyBrew Styles). Surprisingly, late in the year, I had never really brewed anything in Category 12 Porter. So, of course I had to try one.

I went back and forth as to whether I wanted to do a 12A. Brown Porter or a 12B. Robust Porter. Eventually, I just decided that I wanted the softer, sweeter and more caramelly flavors of the Brown. I figure that if I keep the roast down, the SheppyBrew Beer Model may actually like it as well.

I designed the recipe around mostly English (Simpson's) malts. The base malt is Golden Promise and there is a good amount of Medium Crystal. For the color, I used mostly Briess Blackprinz malt for a less astringent, smoother black character, but I threw in some Chocolate Malt just to get a bit of the more stout-like roast. Most of my English Fuggle hops are in the First Wort Hopping, which should impart a decent amount of earthy English hop flavor to the beer at the same time it balances out the malt sweetness with bitterness.

I came up with the name thanks to my kids. Over the GABF weekend, they stayed with some friends and got to watch the 1960 version of The Time Machine. Apparently, they really liked it. I remember loving the movie as a kid, although now I don't remember much about it other than how utterly frightening the Morlocks were in the movie. As this beer was going to be dark I thought using the underground dwelling Morlocks in the name would work nice. But I also threw on the adjective "Jolly" as a little juxtaposition. This beer can make even the evil, grumpy Morlocks happy and jolly.


Anyway, I think I'll really like this beer. We will see.

If you would like more information on this beer, check out Morlock Porter on my blog.

Morlock Brown Porter --- Batch 1

Brown Porter
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.051 SG
Estimated FG
1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness
26.2 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.2 %
BU : GU   0.519        
Recipe Color
25.4 SRM
Measured OG:    1.052   Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:    73   Measured ABV:    5%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.00 g Chalk (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
8 lbs 8.0 oz Golden Promise (Simpsons) (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 83.9 %
15.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.3 %
9.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 4 5.6 %
2.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 5 1.2 %
0.500 oz Fuggles [4.80 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 6 10.3 IBUs
0.250 oz Magnum [14.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 14.4 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
5.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 -
0.500 oz Fuggles [4.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 1.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg London Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1028) [124.21 ml] Yeast 11 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.66 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.93gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes

A couple days before brew day, make a starter with 6 cups water and 1.5 cups extra light DME.
Add 3g of CaCO3 into the strike water to help smooth out the dark malt flavor.
From Denver Water, this puts the water profile at:
Mash as instructed above. Batch sparge onto first wort hops.
Boil as usual.
Pitch as close to 60 degrees as possible. Keep fermention below 65 for one day, then let rise to 68ish.
Ferment for 2 weeks.
Keg and carbonate to 2.5 volumes.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   166
Mash Temps:  
 154 down to 150 by the end
Pre-boil OG   1.041 (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.5 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    58
Day 1: 66
Day 2: 68 
Day 3: 72 kraussen starting to die. 

Brewing Notes:
11/04/2013 Brew Day esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went about perfect except I forgot to add the chalk to the water. I added it straight to the mash instead. Fermentation is going pretty strong this morning at 66 degrees.
11/06/2013 esheppy
Kraussen is starting to die. I put in a blow-off tube, but never needed it. The fermentation was not as violent as it usually is. Temperature is at 72 right now.
11/07/2013 esheppy
Took a little sample. Smooth and chocolaty. Real nice dark brown ... maybe even black. Good balance. 1.016 on the gravity making this 4.7ABV right now. Would like to see it a bit lower on the FG for about a 5% beer. So far, so good.
11/12/2013 esheppy
Took another sample. 1.014 puts this right at 5%ABV. Really nice chocolate with not much roast. Very smooth. Clarity seems really good, although it is dark enough that you really cannot see through it. I consider this a perfect porter.
11/16/2013 esheppy
Kegged today. Also filled 12 12oz bottles. Still at 1.014 making this a 5% ABV beer. Wonderful taste. Looking forward to drinking.
12/06/2013 esheppy
Tried first taste from keg. Very nice.Lots of chocolate in flavor and aroma.Nice balance. Pretty good head. Could probably use a bit more carbonation Great beer.
12/14/2013 esheppy
Loving this beer. Nice and smooth. The carbonation is right where I want it. Wonderful.
12/20/2013 esheppy
Brought most of my bottles into work today. Will see if anyone gives me any feedback.
12/21/2013 esheppy
At the end of the workday, I popped open one. It foamed up more than I would have liked, but it was absolutely fantastic. Love this beer.
12/31/2013 esheppy
Love this beer. Great flavor. Nice and smooth. Been sharing it and it has been pretty popular ... especially considering it is an "evil dark beer". Going to have to make this one lots.
01/04/2014 esheppy
Putting back into keggerator. Not much left. Going to have to be soon.
07/25/2014 esheppy
Found a bottle in the beer fridge. Still tastes yummy. More chocolate than I remember from before.
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