DetailsAged on Bourbon-soaked American oak, flavors of coffee, vanilla and caramel intensify into a blizzard of dark fruit, toasted oak and whiskey.
The jet-black body is blanketed in a dirty coffee-cream colored head that offers aromas of smoky, burnt biscuit and a touch of wood on the nose. Robust roasted malt character accumulates alongside caramel sweetness and hops for an intense yet refined flavor profile.
Wonderfully balanced, Snow Plow Porter is smooth and full-bodied, cellaring well for an increasingly complex and satisfying brew.
- Details & Instructions
4.8 / 5.08 Reviewspotent porter!!!this was my first brew that I used a second fermenter with the bourbon soaked oak blocks. It turned out be an excellent beer with a little extra kick! would recommend it for anyone.July 31, 2016great beerThis is a great beer that you should try, nice balanced flavor...June 6, 2015Great for the holidays!Great beer that benefits with bottle aging. Brewed in early spring/ late winter and really good for the winter holidays following.April 16, 2017Purchased
over 3 years agoGreat beer year-roundMade this beer December 2017 and added three vanilla beans to the secondary. OG 1.065 and final SG 1.012. 2 weeks primary, 6 weeks secondary then kegged. Nice hint of vanilla, dark roasted coffee. Quiet possibly the best beer I have made to date.April 30, 2018Purchased
8 months agoThis is a great Recipe Kit!This is a great Recipe Kit! A great value and a great buy!November 22, 2016Very good, wanted to make a christmas porter, the description was a little off I did not get vanilla flavors without adding the vanilla beans myself in the secondary, but the oak cubes gave out a really good bourbon tasteNovember 27, 2016Purchased
1 year agoSnow Plow Porter "The Best"If you like porters and want to make a high quality beer.....This is the one. This is as good if not better than you can get at the craft beer stores/pubs.January 30, 2018Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 15 questions Browse 15 questions and 66 answersDoes this kit tend to foam in the primary like a VOLCANO??? I have never had a batch of beer bubble over like a science experiment like this one. It has been erupting from my Big Mouth Bubbler for the past 12 hours. Good thing it is contained in the downstairs shower. What a mess!!!BEST ANSWER: Hello Dave,
Thank you for choosing Midwest Supplies! That is fairly common with that kit, and many beers that are above an original gravity of 1.060 especially if they are fermented with a small amount of head space. I usually use a blow off hose rather than a regular airlock for the first part of the primary fermentation to ensure that I keep blow outs like this contained. I hope that this helps, have a great day!Do you do anything special with the oak chips to sanitize them or because of the bouron soak they are allready sterile?? Do you just drop them into secondary fermentor?BEST ANSWER: The recipe does not call for any sanitizer on them, which I would think would be somewhat detrimental to their use. I soaked them in bourbon for about an hour, and added to the secondary fermentor.Are the instructions easy to follow?BEST ANSWER: Yes, instructions are always very specific and easy to follow. Read first, have all ingredients and implements layed out, brew and enjoy great beer! We make "brewing day" an event and use our fryer platform to fry some chicken while wort cools and eat well and drink the previous brews! Enjoy!What type of bourbon do you guys recommend I have seen some use Jack and some others?BEST ANSWER: I didn't use borboun. I used whiskey. I purchased here it here in Virginia from a local distillery. This kit came out great and I had a lot of compliments on it. I would recommend that whatever Borboun or Whiskey you like to drink is the one you should use.How much bourbon is recommended?BEST ANSWER: You need enough to completely cover the oak cubes as they soak. The size and shape of the vessel you soak them in has an impact on how much bourbon is needed. You should be able to get by with less than 1 cup.
As a side note, sample the bourbon you soaked the cubes in. I used Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon when making the Snow Plow Porter and now regularly soak oak cubes in an entire bottle of the bourbon just to "oak age" an entire bottle.
I will make the Snow Plow Porter and "oak age" a bottle of that bourbon many more times in the future.How much Bourbon or Whisky should be used to flavor the wood chips during 2nd fermentation process?BEST ANSWER: I put the cubes in a ziplock bag with enough bourbod to cover them. Depending on how much bourdon flavor you want, you can drain off the excess bourbon or put all of the bourbon into the carboy. I drain off the excess becuase i dont want it to over power the beer. Extra maturing time, in the bottles helps to smooth out the flavor.two months in carbon and it's still 1.024..finished?BEST ANSWER: I started my Snow Plow Porter in mid-October with an OG of 1.07, put it in the secondary three weeks later (Nov 16) and left it until Jan 4th, with a FG of 1.016. Did you use a secondary or just a primary? It seems like you should be able to get the FG lower, but if your reading hasn't changed in a week or two, it may be done. Do you have it in a room at 65 degrees or so and not sitting on a colder basement floor? My batch turned out excellent, BTW, nice bourbon tones with a hint of oak background. A great dark beer.If I want to really boost the ABV for this recipe, is it better to use a dry malt extract or some molasses?BEST ANSWER: Dry malt will have less effect on taste than molasses. If you are going to try to increase abv, the use of corn sugar, or light belgian candi. Don't forget that higher starting gravities benefit from a yeast starter for best results.What is the type and amount of steeping grains in the extract kit? It didn't list on box or directions and i like to keep detailed records. Thanks.BEST ANSWER: The grains weren Obsidian grains: 1 lb. English Choc Malt, 0.5 lb English Dark Crystal and 0.5 lb English Black Maltis this a grain kit or an extract?BEST ANSWER: Well, from reading the included and linked instructions it's a Extract with steeping grains recipe kit. Sounds pretty good too.Is there a recommended kind of oak cubes to get for this? Can the oak cubes be reused in different beers or resoaked in different alcohols?BEST ANSWER: There are oak cubes included in the kit, they are the American medium plus toast. The oak cubes would give up quite a bit of flavor in the process and it would be difficult to keep them sanitary for a next batch. They might add a nice character to a bottle of spirits though.What type and amount of steeping grains are used?BEST ANSWER: Whatever the recipe called for, I used an extract kit.Can I order the Snow Plow Porter without yeast?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, if you give us a call, we can place the order without yeast. Cheers!Is this an extract or a grain kit?What is the Potential Alcohol?BEST ANSWER: Hi Terry,
It depends on how fermentation goes, but I would expect something close to 6.5% abv.