Chocolate Hazelnut Porter by Jamil Zainasheff (Malt Extract Kit)

Chocolate Hazelnut Porter by Jamil Zainasheff (Malt Extract Kit)

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Jamil brews more, consistently high-quality beer than any hombrewer we know. He won California Homebrewer of the Year in 2002, after winning over 150 total awards at brewing competitions, 55 of them being First Place. Of all the beers that he brews, the Chocolate Hazlenut Porter (CHP, as Jamil says) is the cult favorite and the recipe he is asked for the most. It also won Best of Show 2002, several First Place ribbons, and countless other awards. It comes complete with 25 ml of Hazlenut extract and 4 oz of Cacao Nibs. Jamil recommends using California yeast, WLP001. This kit has a lot of grain in it, so you may find two grain bags useful.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.064-1.068
  • SRM (Color Range): 42
  • IBUs: 30-33
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%


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Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.

MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



ABV %6.5
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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Sounds interesting
Big Red Snob on Aug 14, 2021
Have had similar style came out fantastic
Otto G A on Mar 18, 2021
Sounds interesting
Big Red Snob on Aug 14, 2021
Had it before. It's delicous.
Nathan R on May 14, 2021
Have had similar style came out fantastic
Otto G A on Mar 18, 2021
Gift for my husband, he loves porters
Neda P on Nov 11, 2020
Had it once before.
Dennis J B on Nov 9, 2020
I like it
Mike H on Aug 29, 2020
something different
John R C on Jan 27, 2020
for the chocolate
JEFF A on Jan 25, 2020
Had it before, its good
Grady H on Nov 8, 2019
Sounded like a good beer for holiday time
Justin M on Nov 4, 2019
I like porters and this had a great review
Larry on Nov 4, 2019
Gotta step out of my IPA habit!
Rick on May 20, 2019
I like Chocolate Hazelnut Porters
Curtis E on Mar 9, 2019
Have not brewed a Porter in awhile and looking for a change
Brad S on Feb 12, 2019
haven't tried it yet and i like porters
Jacob A Carpenter on Dec 29, 2018
excellent. I had it last winter
richard s on Dec 18, 2018
switch up the typical gift spiced ale for the year
F. Michael I on Oct 29, 2018
Sounded yummy.
Kevin G on Jul 20, 2018
Had it before. It's delicous.
Nathan R on May 14, 2021
Gift for my husband, he loves porters
Neda P on Nov 11, 2020
The recipe notes call for a secondary fermentation for the cocoa nibs. Is this needed, or can they be added toward the end of the primary? This will be my second homebrewed beer, and I have a lot of questions, but don't have a second fermentor. Would a covered bottling bucket work?
Nik Chmiel on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Nik, If you google secondary fermentation you will get all kinds of opinions on the subject. When I brewed this beer I did use a secondary. However since then (about 2 yrs ago) I have not unless there is a reason to get the wort off the yeast cake. Put the nibs in the primary and you'll be fine. One tip however - go easy on the Hazelnut as it is a strong flavoring! I only used half and if I did it again I would only use 1/4. Enjoy! Roger

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Rated 3 out of 5
Even hazelnuts do not taste this much like hazelnut.
Most of this recipe is good, but for the love of everything, do not use the whole hazelnut bottle. If I made this again, I'd use 1/4 of what's provided, MAYBE half, if I really wanted it to dominate the pallet.
This beer is pretty good poured over ice cream, but it's nigh undrinkable when made per the recipe, which is a shame because everything else about it is excellent.
April 20, 2021
10 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Outstanding Kit
Although my batch came out less than perfect, the flaws were all mine. What was great with this beer was all Jamil. This is an excellent recipe for an excellent beer.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
One of my favorite porters to brew.
Love this beer, can't keep it around long enough as myself and friends drink this up. Just be careful with how much hazelnut you add, you don't need/want much.
May 5, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5
Hazelnut too artificial
Definitely didn't like the hazelnut taste. After I added the hazelnut to the beer it was way too sweet. Maybe only add a touch. was Great kit aside from that.

May 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5
way too much hazelnut
If I could do it again I would either not add any hazelnut or just a splash instead of all. Terrible if you add all of it. Bummer.
October 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5
The Hazelnut is a little too artificial.
Brewed this up and the hazelnut flavor comes racing in and tastes a little too fake. The beer aged and it was definitely better. I would try this again, but might use less of the hazelnut extract, or might try mellowing it with oak chips.
Wow it is late... but I was thinking about soaking oak chips in a cup of Maker's Mark for a day and adding that to secondary fermentation. Chocolate Hazelnut Whiskey Barrel Porter. Well maybe that is too much? Then again... maybe not.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
A hit
This is one of my biggest hits with friends/family, even with those that don't really like the dark beer, it just tastes so good. It's hard to keep it around. Definitely recommend!
May 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
This has been one of my most popular brews to date. It appeals to both my beer obsessed friends as well as the others not usually inclined to partake. I think next time I would reduce the amount of hazelnut extract used because it was quite strong. It did mellow a bit after a couple months but I still think less would be better.
May 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
hazelnut porter
I brewed this a while ago. I usually keg but I felt bottle conditioning would be better for this recipe. I would suggest not using the whole bottle of hazelnut extract, but maybe it will mellow with age. This was my first time ordering from more beer but I definetly will order again.
May 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I wanted to try something a little different and not typical. The chocolate and hazelnut are subtle and not overpowering at all. To date, this has been my all-time best brew that I've made. Even my wife likes it and she doesn't really like beer. I highly recommend and will be buying more again.
May 1, 2013