Honey Porter Recipe

Looking to brew a dark and flavorful beer with a unique twist? Try this Honey Porter recipe, which adds the sweetness of honey to the rich and complex flavors of a classic Brown Porter. With a dry finish and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this Honey Porter is sure to satisfy your taste buds and impress your friends.

Honey Porter

This is a dark, complex, and full-bodied ale with a dry finish. It is similar in style to Brown Porter (see p169) but has a unique character thanks to the addition of honey.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
To Ferment25 days
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Ale
Keyword: Honey Porter
Servings: 40 Pints
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large pot or kettle (at least 10-15 gallon capacity)
  • 1 Fermenting vessel (6-7 gallon capacity)
  • 1 Secondary fermenter (optional)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper
  • 1 Mesh strainer or bag for steeping grains
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Mash paddle or spoon
  • 1 Heat source (stove, burner, etc.)
  • 1 Bottles or kegging equipment for storing and serving the beer
  • 1 Sanitizer (such as StarSan) for cleaning and sanitizing equipment


For the Mash – Liquor 10.5 Litres (18½ Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F

  • 6.10 lb Pale Malt Quantity 4.5kg
  • 1.2 lb Light Crystal Malt Quantity 700g
  • 14 oz Vienna Malt Quantity 300g
  • 7 oz Carafa Special III Quantity 200g
  • oz Chocolate Malt Quantity 200g

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

  • ¾ oz (Hops) Fuggle 4.5% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 10.8)
  • ½ oz (Hops) Challenger 7% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 4.3)
  • ½ oz (Hops) Wakatu 6.6% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil
  • 1.2 lb Honey Other – When to add – For last 5 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 5 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 1272 American Ale II


  • Heat 10.5 Litres (18½ Pints) of water to 65°C (149°F) in a large pot, then add the grains (Pale Malt, Light Crystal Malt, Vienna Malt, Carafa Special III, and Chocolate Malt) and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour to allow the grains to steep and release their flavors.
  • After 1 hour, strain the liquid (also known as wort) from the grain solids using a strainer or mesh bag, and discard the solids. Transfer the wort back to the pot.
  • Add ¾ oz of Fuggle Hops at the start of the boil and let the mixture boil for 1 hour. After 1 hour, add ½ oz of Challenger Hops and let it boil for 10 minutes. Then, add ½ oz of Wakatu Hops and 1 tsp of Protofloc and let the mixture boil for another 5 minutes.
  • In the final 5 minutes of the boil, add 1.2 lb of honey and stir to combine.
  • After the boil, cool the mixture quickly to 18°C (64°F) and transfer it to a fermenting vessel. Add the yeast (1 Wyeast 1272 American Ale II), stir gently to combine, and cover the vessel. Allow the mixture to ferment for 25 days at 18°C (64°F).
  • After 25 days, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter and let it condition for 5 weeks at 12°C (54°F). This conditioning process will allow the flavors to develop further and make the beer smoother and more enjoyable.
  • Once the conditioning process is complete, the beer is ready to drink. Pour it into a glass, admire the beautiful color, and enjoy the complex, full-bodied flavors of your Honey Porter beer.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)6 Weeks5.2%19.8 IBU50.3 EBC

Flavorful Twist on Classic Porter

If you’re a fan of dark beers and want to try something new, this Honey Porter recipe is a great choice. The addition of honey to the classic Brown Porter style gives this beer a unique twist that sets it apart from other dark beers. With a complex and rich flavor profile, this beer is perfect for sipping on a cool evening or enjoying with friends.

Rich and Complex Flavor Profile

This Honey Porter recipe uses a combination of specialty malts, including Pale, Light Crystal, Vienna, Carafa Special III, and Chocolate, to create a rich and complex flavor profile. The addition of honey during the boil adds a sweet and floral aroma to the beer, while also helping to balance out the bitterness from the hops. Fermenting with American Ale yeast results in a clean and crisp finish, making this beer easy to drink and enjoy.

Perfect for Cool Evenings

With its full-bodied mouthfeel and dry finish, this Honey Porter is the perfect beer for sipping on a cool evening. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet night at home or hanging out with friends, this beer is sure to impress. Plus, with an estimated ABV of 5.2%, you can enjoy a few without worrying about getting too tipsy.


If you’re looking for a flavorful twist on a classic Porter, this Honey Porter recipe is definitely worth trying. With its unique combination of specialty malts and honey, this beer is sure to satisfy your taste buds and impress your friends. Give it a try and see for yourself why this beer is so special.

FAQ on Making this Honey Porter Recipe

What is the estimated ABV of this Honey Porter?

The estimated ABV for this Honey Porter recipe is 5.2%.

What is the IBU rating of this beer?

The IBU rating for this beer is 19.8 IBU.

How many pints does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 40 pints.

What type of yeast is recommended for this recipe?

Wyeast 1272 American Ale II is the recommended yeast for this recipe.

How long does it take to condition this beer?

This beer should be conditioned for 5 weeks at 12°C (54°F).

What temperature should the beer be fermented at?

The beer should be fermented at 18°C (64°F).

What type of malt is used in this recipe?

This recipe uses a combination of Pale, Light Crystal, Vienna, Carafa Special III, and Chocolate malt.

What is the cook time for this recipe?

The cook time for this recipe is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What is the color rating of this beer?

The color rating of this beer is 50.3 EBC.

Can any other hops be substituted for Fuggle, Challenger, and Wakatu?

Yes, other hop varieties can be substituted, but the bitterness and flavor profile may change.

What kind of flavor does the addition of honey give to this beer?

The addition of honey adds a sweet and floral aroma to the beer, and helps balance out the bitterness from the hops.

Is there a recommended serving temperature for this beer?

It is recommended to serve this beer at 10-12°C (50-54°F).

How does the American Ale yeast affect the flavor of this beer?

The American Ale yeast gives this beer a clean and crisp finish.

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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