Working in a craft beer pub, I’ve met a lot of professional microbrewers and people who brew their own beer at home, and I was curious to try it for myself—so I bought one of True Batch Brew’s homebrew kits, specifically tailored to make Porter.
Many kits online range between €70 and €100 so True Batch Brew does a good deal with their kit at €55. It has almost everything you need and it’s brilliant quality, the tools included will last a very long time and a top up of ingredients is pretty reasonable at 15. I got mine from a pub in Dublin called 57 The Headline but they can be bought online HERE.
I haven’t done this before so I’m not going to do a full review of the kit itself, as I really wouldn’t know the difference, but overall it was easy to use. The instructions seem simple to begin with and the layout looks great, but you do have to give a thorough read-through beforehand and make sure you have everything you need. Some of the instructions seem to be a little out of order and often require preparation for a later step that you need to remember before you start.
Apart from what was included, it says you need a big pot and a sieve. At this point, it all got a bit DIY and we ended up with three big ass pots and a contraption of two sieves tied to wooden spoons to make sure we were getting the best result– it requires a bit of initiative and True Batch Brew intends that you mess around with things.
It’s a lot of waiting around really, with precise timing and temperatures, so it does take a little concentration. The first few steps are pretty simple, boiling water, cooking the grain, straining, boiling the liquid. You then leave it to cool, which we did over night.
After that, it gets a little science-y with hydrometers and sanitising and then you leave it to ferment with yeast for 3 days.
Then it looks something like this:
And that’s part one of this post! There’s a good bit more to the process and many weeks to wait so I’ll put up part two when it’s ready to drink!
I was in the States for the finishing of the process but essentially sugar was added, then it was bottled and left for the whole summer. When I got back I had a taste. It was highly carbonated so you have to leave it sit after pouring to allow the bubbles to subside and the flavour to come through. When it does, it’s rich and has some coffee and chocolate flavours to it.
Really pleased with how this turned out!
Thanks for reading ❤