Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Mix, Chocolate Maple Porter

Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Mix, Chocolate Maple Porter

Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Mix, Chocolate Maple Porter

  • Thick, rich, creamy and just a little sweet, our gets its dark chocolate notes from a handful of Chocolate Malt
  • Makes 1 gallon of (9-10 12-ounce bottles)
  • Requires 1 Gallon Beer Kit
  • Written and Video Instructions Available at brooklynbrewshop.com/instructions
  • 6.5-Percent alcohol by volume

If you can make oatmeal, you can make beer. ‘s apartment friendly Beer Making Kits make it easy to bring brewing out of the garage and into the kitchen using only fresh, whole ingredients and traditional methods used in homes and breweries for centuries. By brewing with the same ingredients (cracked barley, hops, spices and yeast) that the best craft breweries in the world use, making high quality and complex beers becomes possible on the stovetop in your very own kitchen, big or small.

List Price: $ 14.99

Price: $ 14.95

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
good kit, May 5, 2013
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Seneca reader (Georgia) –

This review is from: Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Mix, Chocolate Maple Porter (Kitchen)
The kit: I’m satisfied with the quality of the components in the kit. A glass fermenter is much preferred over plastic. The feature that really prompted me to buy this kit was the size – one gallon. I don’t drink enough to brew three or five gallon batches, and the size and weight of the filled pots on the stove would be unmanageable. Plus, if you experiment and then find that you don’t like the finished product you are stuck with several gallons of it! So even if you would prefer to brew large batches I would recommend this one-gallon kit to experiment with new recipes. The only items I did buy to augment this kit were a stainless steel funnel, bottles, caps, and a capper. For my second kit I did buy a micro-siphon as I was not as handy as I would have liked to be siphoning only with the included tube and racking cane.

The process: To be honest this does take several hours, so plan on it as a weekend task, not a weeknight task. You will do this because you enjoy the craft of it, you like to make things yourself, and you want to learn how to brew from grain instead of syrup. Yes, it will take time and effort, but everything worthwhile in life takes work. I’ve brewed two of these kits now, and I can offer this advice: It was best for me to read and re-read the instructions and then make drawings of the steps. You need at least two and preferably three large pots of about two-gallons capacity. Get a micro-siphon. It is very hard to regulate an electric stove to maintain the narrow temperature range recommended, so I heated water to the recommended temperature, got the mash up to temperature and placed the pot in a hot water bath in a cooler for an hour. Sanitize the fermenter, tube, etc. during the cool-down – no need to do that first thing as the directions say, and you have less exposure of the items to germs this way. Get some Star-San sanitizer if you want to do this again. You will not have a sieve large enough to sparge, so use a colander either with tiny holes or made with fine wire mesh.

The finished product: If you like somewhat dark beers you will like this. It is not over-the-top dark (somewhat mild as a dark beer). “Chocolate” is a term used in relation to the dark beer flavor, it does not really have any chocolate in the ingredients (unless you add some yourself like another reviewer did), and the maple flavor is very subtle – probably would not have tasted it if I had not known it was there. In my opinion this is a good beer – far better than insipid weak mass-produced American beer, but not really better than a good craft beer you can buy.

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T. Dennis

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quick, easy and very tasty beer with easy to follow directions., November 16, 2013
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T. Dennis (Woodstock, GA) –
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What a great beer. I’ve brewed about a dozen 5-gallon all grain batches of beer and decided to give this a try as a small side project. I love saisons and, if done right, chile beers can be very tasty. Side note, try Don Jalapeño from No Label if you like chile beers.

The kit comes neatly packaged with clear directions. I used one large jalapeño, diced with seeds and stems removed, in my beer. The nose has very nice jalapeño and there is some heat but it’s balanced by the sweet and tart saison, very good stuff. This one didn’t require any temp control, I simply put it in a dark cupboard in my house, which I keep around 68-70°F.

Fermented for 2 weeks, bottled and condition for 2 more weeks and this is spot on. Would definitely brew this again and recommend it to others.

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tomatokilla

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
My best first homebrew!, February 19, 2014
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Got the kit for Xmas…just cracked it open this past weekend. The only thing I have negative about it is I think there is a tad too much carbonation and I attribute that to perhaps too much honey during the priming/bottling.

Beyond that, it has great flavor and I plan on getting some more. Maybe not at the $24 price but direct from Brooklyn Brew Shop.

Of note, there are no chestnuts that accompany the mix nor are chestnuts mentioned in the video from the Brooklyn Brew Shop website, but in their written directions, it says to add the chestnuts during the boil which I didn’t include,,,so maybe that’s another reason why the final product came out the way it is…I’ll have to try again.

My next effort is the Bruxelles Blond also from Brookly Brew Shop via Amazon, it is currently $15 (prime), stock up while it is 15 and not $24!!!

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