Dark as night, the Shallow Grave Porter is the perfect beer choice for a cool, dark evening. This a big Porter with complex flavors of rich chocolate and caramel followed by a touch of warmth and a light malt sweetness that will leave you ready for the next shovelful.
When we say big, we mean big, as this beer starts with a whopping 10 lbs of malt extract. The complex malt flavors come from a blend of Black Patent, Chocolate, and Crystal malts. Cascade and Columbus hops provide a firm backbone yet a subdued hop flavor.
This BrewMasters Series kit comes from Jamil Zainasheff who owns Heretic Brewing and is also a Brewing Network podcaster. Before he went pro, he won the California Homebrewer of the Year award twice, the national Ninkasi award for the best homebrewer in country, and hundreds of other brewing awards. He has been a MoreBeer! customer and friend since the 1990's. One of his favorite styles of beer is Porter and he continued to perfect this recipe over many years.
Makes 5 gallons
Estimated Original Gravity: 1.068-75
SRM (Color Range): 33
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 7%
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Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.
I haven't yet brewed the batch in my last order, but I did brew it about a year ago, and I liked it a lot, enough to go for another batch this winter. I gave it a different name, Night Heron Porter. I like to name my brews after animals, including birds, that I admire.
I've brewed some of Jamil's other recipes, and generally like them, especially his Zek Baltic Porter recipe (which is not available in a kit).
I have brewed both the Extract and All Grain versions of this.It is so flavorful. Truly gets compliments from anyone who tries it. The perfect beer to serve to someone who things dark beers are too heavy. It is potent, but goes down so easily. The Chocolate Milkshake of Porters ... uh, until all those milkshake beers started showing up! LOL
Brewed this initially just because of the name (and Jamil's reputation) to enjoy by Halloween. Used WLP001 Cal Ale yeast, 14 days in fermentor before cold crashing in keg. I realize that cold conditioning for at least a week will make a huge difference, but one day after kegging it has an excellent roasted coffee/cocoa rich malt body with hops that are bold but perfectly balanced. Although the malt and hops provide tons of character this beer is not heavy but is very drinkable at nearly 7% ABV. Carbonated at 2.2 Volumes at 42 F serving temp (~10psi serving pressure) worked good for me. This beer makes a great late evening beverage that some report pairs well with cannabis ;)
I used the Imperial Darkness yeast. Primary fermentation for 6 days then added 1 1/2 cups whole espresso beans in secondary for 5 days. Abv. was a little above 6.5%. Came out absolutely fantastic. Ready for winter with this fireplace sipper.
I MADE THIS PORTER MY X-MAS BEER .MY FRIENDS AT EL PASO HOME BREW SUPPLY TASTED THIS PORTER AND COULD NOT BELIEVE THE AWESOME TASTE. THEY COMPARED IT TO STORE BOUGHT QUALITY PORTERS. I WILL ALWAYS BREW MORE BEER KITS GEORGE. EL PASO TX
I have this on tap now. Admittedly I let it sit in the carboy for over two months before I had space on tap for it, but the taste is very nice; creamy with a nice hop bitterness. I threw the priming sugar they sent into the boil as I keg and added some cascade hops from my backyard at 5 minutes.
Brewed this a couple months back. It was my first all grain brew (in a bag) so take my comments lightly. The beer was quite bitter the first week I keg'd it but has smoothed out since then. I've been mostly drinking it with some cold brewed coffee added to each glass. I'll add 1-2 tsps of coffee to a pint. This additive gives it another dimension and makes it very drinkable.
Overall, I think it is a good kit but needs some tweaking for my taste. Regarding the bitterness_ I've since learned that over crushing the roasted grains can increase the bitterness so that may have been a contributor. I've not had the real thing so it may just be a characteristic of the beer?
Used the recipe as a base as I normally like to doctor up my kits as I like bold flavors. Added 1 lb of light dry malt extract and a 12 oz bottle of maple syrup. What I ended up with was a souped up porter! Mix between a scotch ale flavor/feel and a strong ale but soft. Also, very drinkable at higher temp like 60deg. My buddies and I presented three beers at a tasting we did and the one I brewed with this recipe was the top pick. Liked the backbone and the malt flavors.
Brewed this because I love Jamil's Evil Twin so I thought I'd try it to have on tap during the winter. I couldn't be more pleased with the results: a very rich porter but not so sweet that I didn't want another. This beer was very popular with guests to my bar and it didn't last long. Will definitely add this to my regular schedule.
Not sure why craft brews have to adopt "extreme" gimmicky monickers to appeal to beer lovers (seems to have worked on me) but this didn't make me want to dig not deeply and crawl in. It's definitely worth another try with all-grain next time maybe with a little more Black Patent and Chocolate malts.
First one did not turn out as well as I would have liked, but it was in no way the fault of the kit. It was good, but had an unlucky heat wave the week after I pitched. I've got temp control now and ca't wait to get this one brewed.
I am usually a fan of IPAs but made this beer for something different and i am sure glad i did. It is wonderful, i followed directions to the letter with a full 5 gal. boil. primary for two weeks,secondary for two weeks and keg conditioned two weeks. just tried it last night for the first time and i will be making this again.
I bottled my first batch in early march and I opened a bottle every two weeks; it is still getting better. While it is not the heaviest porter ever made, it does have a nice balance and flavor. Recommend bottle conditioning for at least 6-8 weeks. Starting my second batch soon.
This will hold you over until you can get Shallow Grave on tap at your local pub
We have brewed this a few times and it has never disappointed. I have been fortunate enough to taste Heretic's Shallow Grave from the bottle and from the tap. I like them all, but I actually think the home-brewed version is better than the commercial bottle.
Nice dark roasty malts balanced nicely by some significant hop action. At 7%abv this is not your grandfather's porter. I've had good luck with WL English as well as Safale 04 and 05. Will brew it again.
This porter is still aging in my cellar...barely. I keep drinking the bottles I'm supposed to be aging. It started robust and sharp, then has mellowed that sharpness into a great complexity. Easy to brew, excellent results.
Very complex flavor! The only issue is after brewing this once I want to tweak it a bit and the additional ingredients bring the price above where im normally comfortable. Either way its still a very delicious beer.