Baltic porters are the “biggest” porters around. In some ways, a Baltic porter is an Imperialized version of an English porter, with a higher alcohol content and complex flavors with more sweetness and malty richness and less roastiness. Deep and dark, this beer will fit every mood but is especially wonderful in the winter as a treat to be sipped in front of a crackling fire. A Baltic porter is traditionally a lager, so lager yeast is the best option if you can ferment at or around 50 degrees. If not, a “clean” hybrid lager/ale yeast is recommended but it should still be fermented cool (60-62 degrees).This beer can benefit from aging to mellow the alcohol bite.
Due to the high starting gravity, we suggest that you make a starter or purchase two packages of yeast
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Originally created to be exported across the North Sea to the Baltic Trade, the Baltic Porter gets its roots from the English Porter. Unlike its sister porters, the Baltic was gradually transformed into a bottom-fermenting lager, as present tradition dictates. Strong, roasty, and hearty, the Baltic Porter clocks in at around 7-10%, making it a perfect treat for sitting around the fire
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150ºF
- Ferment at 49-53ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.081 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.016-1.018 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 8.3-8.6%
- Bitterness: 39.5 IBUs
- Est. Color: 33 SRM
- Pale Maris Otter
- Light Munich
- Caramunich Type 3
- Special B
- Crushed Black Patent
- Magnum Hop Pellets
- Czech Saaz Hop Pellets
I'll edit this when it finishes fermenting but here is something you should know before ordering this: One of the yeast options is S-23. It's a SLOOOOW starting yeast. I finally have activity after 5 days at 52 degrees. However, I didn't know until after I ordered this that I should have used TWO packages of yeast instead of one. We shall see how this one turns out but I am anxious about a stuck fermentation, I'd suggest that HBS make a suggestion somewhere in the options to add an additional yeast pack.