Brown Porter Recipe

If you’re a fan of rich and flavorful beers, then this Brown Porter recipe is a must-try. With its soft, sweet taste and lovely caramel and chocolate flavors, this brew is perfect for sipping on a cool evening or sharing with friends. Whether you’re an experienced brewer or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress.

Brown Porter

A soft, sweet beer with lovely caramel flavours, this brew has more substance and roast flavours than a brown ale, and has a delicious chocolate aftertaste.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
To Ferment28 days
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Ale
Keyword: Brown Porter
Servings: 40 Pints
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large pot for mashing
  • 1 Mash tun or grain bag for steeping grains
  • 1 Heat source (stove or burner)
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Large spoon or paddle for stirring
  • 1 Strainer or colander for sparging
  • 1 Boil kettle
  • 1 Fermentation vessel (e.g. carboy or bucket)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper for fermentation vessel
  • 1 Hydrometer (for measuring specific gravity)
  • 1 Auto-siphon or tubing for transferring beer
  • 1 Bottles or keg for storing finished beer
  • 1 Bottle capper or kegging system for carbonating beer
  • 1 Sanitizer for cleaning equipment


For the Mash – Liquor 12.5 Litres (22 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 67°c/153 °F

  • 8.13 oz Pale Malt Quantity 4kg
  • 12 oz Dark crystal Malt Quantity 350g
  • 7 oz Chocolate Malt Quantity 200g
  • 10½ oz Brown Malt Quantity 300g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47½ Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 10 mins

  • 1 oz (Hops) First Gold 8.0% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 27.6)
  • ½ oz (Hops) First Gold 8.0% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 2.7)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 4 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 1028 London Ale



  • Heat the 12.5 liters of liquor in a large pot to 67°C (153°F).
  • Add the Pale Malt, Dark Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, and Brown Malt to the liquor and stir well.
  • Mash for 1 hour at 67°C (153°F).


  • Rinse the grains with hot water to extract the remaining sugars.
  • Collect the liquid (wort) in a separate pot.


  • Add 1 oz of First Gold hops to the wort at the start of the boil.
  • Boil for 1 hour, adding Protofloc for the last 15 minutes of the boil.
  • Add 1/2 oz of First Gold hops for the last 10 minutes of the boil.


  • Cool the wort to 18°C (64°F).


  • Pour the cooled wort into a sanitized fermentation vessel.
  • Add the Wyeast 1028 London Ale yeast.
  • Ferment for 4 weeks at 12°C (54°F).


  • Transfer the fermented beer into sanitized bottles or kegs.
  • Store at room temperature for at least 5 weeks.
  • Enjoy your homemade Brown Porter beer!
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)5 Weeks4.9%30.2 IBU45 EBC

Rich and Flavorful Beer

If you’re looking for a beer with a depth of flavor that’s hard to resist, then this Brown Porter recipe is definitely worth trying. With its combination of pale malt, dark crystal malt, chocolate malt, and brown malt, this brew has a complexity of taste that’s sure to impress even the most discerning beer connoisseur.

Soft and Sweet Taste

One of the standout features of this Brown Porter recipe is its soft, sweet taste. The caramel flavors are perfectly balanced by the subtle bitterness of the First Gold hops, creating a beer that’s both easy to drink and complex in flavor. And with an ABV of 4.9%, you can enjoy this brew without worrying about getting too tipsy.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Whether you’re hosting a party, hanging out with friends, or just enjoying a quiet night in, this Brown Porter recipe is the perfect choice. The rich, flavorful taste makes it a great beer for sipping on a cool evening, while the soft and sweet flavor makes it an easy-drinking option for any occasion.

Impress Your Friends

If you’re an experienced brewer looking for a new challenge, or just starting out and looking to try something new, this Brown Porter recipe is sure to impress. With its complex flavor profile and impressive ABV, this beer is the perfect way to show off your brewing skills and impress your friends.

FAQ on Making this Brown Porter Recipe

What is the prep time for this Brown Porter recipe?

The prep time for this Brown Porter recipe is 1 hour.

How long does it take to ferment this beer?

This beer should be fermented for 28 days.

What is the estimated ABV of this brew?

The estimated ABV of this Brown Porter is 4.9%.

What type of malt is used in this recipe?

This recipe uses pale malt, dark crystal malt, chocolate malt, and brown malt.

What hops are used in this recipe?

First Gold hops are used in this recipe.

What type of yeast is used in this recipe?

Wyeast 1028 London Ale is recommended for this recipe.

What is the recommended temperature for fermentation and conditioning?

This beer should be fermented at 18°C (64°F) and conditioned for 4 weeks at 12°C (54°F).

How should the malt be crushed for this recipe?

The malt should be crushed to a fine powder for best results.

Can this recipe be adapted for a different type of yeast?

Yes, other yeasts can be used but may result in a different flavor profile.

What is the flavor profile of this Brown Porter?

This beer has a soft, sweet taste with caramel and chocolate flavors.

What food pairings would go well with this Brown Porter?

This Brown Porter would pair well with roasted meats, chocolate desserts, and sharp cheeses.

What is the history of the Brown Porter style?

Brown Porters were first brewed in England in the 18th century and are known for their deep, rich flavor and lower ABV compared to other porter styles.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.

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