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Silver Dollar Coffee Porter


On our trip to Fredericksburg, TX, Brooke and I tasted something amazing.  Real Ale's Coffee Porter was on tap at one of the many small shops along main street.  We both tasted it and fell in love with it.  After buying about 5 or 6 six packs of this at S&K, I finally got my parts in for my Electric HLT and Boil Kettle, assembled it, and was ready to brew.  I took the recipe from Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, called Silver Dollar Porter.

16 lbs 2 row pale malt
2 row light Munich malt
1lb black patent
1lb chocolate malt
1lb 60 L crystal malt
2 oz Perle hops 90min
1 oz cascade 90min
1 oz cascade 2min
Safale 05

5.25 gallons mash water at 150 for 60 minutes
Sparged at 180
Collected 12 gallons
Boiled for 90 minutes with bittering hops
2 minutes with flavoring hops

OG 1.058
FG 1.014
ABV 5.9%

Added 16 ounces of Dunn Bros cold brew coffee to 5 gallons at bottling time.  24 ounces to the other 5 gallons

The result has reached what I believe to be its prime now, at about 4 weeks after bottling.  The head has a nice chocolate tinge to it, which I love in my darker beers.  The coffee flavor, in my admittedly coffee obsessed opinion, is distinct and easily noticed but not overpowering, especially in the 5 gallons that I added 16 ounces to.  I believe that 24 ounces is more than I'll want to repeat, though I still greatly enjoy both of these slight varieties.  The black patent gives more bitterness than I believe the coffee does, as the cold brew is extremely smooth.  Truth be told, I'm not a big fan of coffee made with Dunn Bros cold brew, but in this beer, I'm very pleased with it.

I am very happy with this recipe, and am still not certain if I'll go for a slightly sweeter, slightly thicker beer next time, which C4 informs me would probably cross over into stout territory.  That may have to be soon as this beer is going fast.

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