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 / 5.04 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, 2015This 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
5 months ago
- Customer Q&A
Browse 14 questions Browse 14 questions and 34 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!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.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.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: I soaked the oak chips in bourbon for one week to all the bourbon to be absorbed into the oak. I placed chips in the secondary and then racked the beer into the secondary. I will keg the beer in about a week after being in the secondary for 6 weeks.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.I have the all grain snow plow on its way and would like to have the grain bill for it so I can figure out the water I need. I do not see the grains listed on the site.BEST ANSWER: The grain bill for All-Grain Snow Plow Porter is: 9.5 LBS of Maris Otter; 1 LB Weyermann Pale Wheat; 1 LB English Chocolate Malt; 1/2 LB English Dark Crystal; 1/2 LB English Black Malt - Mike W, Midwest SuppliesWhat type and amount of steeping grains are used?BEST ANSWER: Whatever the recipe called for, I used an extract kit.at what C02 volume and Temp should this be served?Snow Plow Porter Recipe KitBEST ANSWER: Sorry, dude. We bottled it and served it out of the fridge. It's great! You can't go wrong.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.
CharlesAre the instructions easy to follow?