After Cristof, Dan and I stood in line all morning at Darkness Day to get our bottles of Surly Darkness, it was time to brew and test out my recently purchased 10 gal. brew pot and propane burner. We did a Honey Porter recipe from Midwest Supplies which ended up being christened “Sammy’s Golden Porter” because Cristof’s wife’s family yellow lab growing up was named Sammy. Cristof had grown up dog-less himself and requested we take pity on him by naming the batch after his wife’s dead dog. Thus came to be Sammy’s Golden Porter, henceforth to be referred to as SGP.
With this batch, I knew I wanted to start monitoring my process much closer on brew days and during fermentation in the weeks following. Here are the deets: (more…)