It has been known as blown, porter and snap malt, but homebrewers know it as brown malt, if they know it at all. Its mellow roast character, cheeky bitterness and acrid finish has warmed the cockles of many an Englishman over the centuries. It was once a malt of choice for many dark brews, especially porters and stouts. However, improvements in malting technology — including the development of pale base malts with better yields and dark specialty malts with more color — led to its decline. And it almost faded into brewing history. Almost. Today, a few maltsters — including Crisp, Thomas Fawcett and Sons, Hugh Baird and Beeston — produce brown malt and many homebrewers are discovering what made this lightly-roasted malt so popular in the past. Brown malt is back.
Porter is a popular and flavorful style of homebrew. In this practical guide to brewing porter, learn about the flavors – chocolate, coffee, caramel and potentially many more – of porter and how to get them in your pint glass.
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Porter was born in London in 1722 and for years was the most popular pint in the working-class pubs. After nearly disappearing, the style was brought back in the 1970s and is enjoying a modern-day revival on both sides of the Atlantic. Tips, techniques and step-by-step recipes from Terry Foster, the man who literally wrote the book on porter.
According to Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.’s website, “This roust porter is dark brown in color and full bodies with a malty sweet taste. Deep roasted, yet silk smooth! Two types of roasted malts, included roasted chocolate malt give this beer its award-winning flavor. World Beer Cup Gold medalist in 2002 and Bronze medalist in 2000.”