Heretics Shallow Grave® Robust Porter - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Heretics Shallow Grave® Robust Porter - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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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 10lbs 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. 

Estimated Original Gravity: 1.068-1.075
SRM (Color Range: 33-35
IBU's: 33-35
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 7%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.
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 %7
Beer StyleStout & Porter
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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first time brewing, seemed like a good one to start with.
Kevin H on Sep 16, 2020
dark beer all year
Marshall J on Jun 10, 2020
first time brewing, seemed like a good one to start with.
Kevin H on Sep 16, 2020
My go to Porter, turns out great every time.
Steven M on Aug 5, 2020
dark beer all year
Marshall J on Jun 10, 2020
Try something new
Walter G on May 22, 2020
7% and a porter
Mark T on May 4, 2020
I need something I can brew at room temp, and I like dark, heavy ales.
John K T on May 1, 2020
made it 2 times before. everyones favorite
Reggie g on Mar 24, 2020
My go to porter.
Steven M on Mar 24, 2020
I've ordered it before and I love it.
Marcus H on Mar 17, 2020
Evil looking packaging
Wesley M on Jan 9, 2020
Great beer kit
Richard S on Jan 3, 2020
Local brewery, like the style...
Scott B on Dec 20, 2019
Excellent winter beer
JC D on Dec 14, 2019
Very drinkable porter. You don't have to wait for the dark malts to mellow. One of my favorite
Thomas H on Oct 3, 2019
Customer Reviews
Chris W on Oct 2, 2019
I've made it in the past and its a great beer
Brian M S on Sep 25, 2019
Looking for a fall porter
Robert H on Sep 25, 2019
I like strong, dark beers.
Ronald J on Aug 31, 2019
loved it the first time
Valued C on Aug 28, 2019
I have done it before and love it.
Marcus H on Aug 28, 2019
Great recipe
Steven M on Jun 22, 2019
Like Heretic
Matthew N on May 14, 2019
We have tasted this product from the original brewer.
Christine R K on Feb 19, 2019
Sounds interesting.
Ines K on Dec 11, 2018
Porters are the best!
Elizabeth E on Dec 11, 2018
My husband likes porters
Cheryl C on Nov 26, 2018
Brewed previously. Great ale!
Dennis R on Nov 26, 2018
I like dark beers so I thought I'd try this one based off reviews.
David B on Nov 17, 2018
Because it looked good
Jason L on Nov 17, 2018
Brewed it before, and I enjoyed it.
Jonathan O on Nov 17, 2018
This is ;my favorites ale
Greg D on Oct 17, 2018
I like porters and am trying to get a basis for comparison before I start making my own recipes.
Paul Korinko on Aug 28, 2018
I know it is great
Miguel Ugarte on Jun 6, 2018
My friend brewed and liked the results.
Mark P on May 31, 2018
Loved this porter the first time I made it.
Aric Luebbering on May 1, 2018
In a day where IPAs seem to be overtaking us...darker is still better
Randy M on Apr 30, 2018
wanted to make my first porter
Aaron C on Mar 16, 2018
Good reviews
Celestino T on Mar 3, 2018
This is my wife's favorite beer that I brew
Greg D on Mar 1, 2018
catalog description
Chuck R on Feb 26, 2018
I have brewed it several times and am always pleased with the outcome.
Steven M on Feb 22, 2018
Jamil rocks!
Joshua H on Jan 18, 2018
It was great the first time. Gonna try and hit the mark again!
collier d on Jan 15, 2018
My go to Porter, turns out great every time.
Steven M on Aug 5, 2020
Try something new
Walter G on May 22, 2020

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Good and malty without too much hoppiness. Will definitely brew again.
May 11, 2020
9 months ago
Really great Porter
By far my favorite Porter kit so far!
Actually preparing to brew 2nd batch this weekend.
Good depth of flavors and a nice mouth feel!
February 15, 2018
over 2 years ago
A dark, strong, awesome porter that you will brew time and time again.
This beer came out great. My final abv was around 9.4%, but it is still smooth and great. The flavors are all subtle and makke for a great pint. The beer is the hit of the party.
February 9, 2018
over 2 years ago
January 24, 2018
over 2 years ago
I love porters and stouts of all variety. I often times mess with recipes to try to improve them. This beer is perfect as is, I should have bought multiple when it was on sale!
May 15, 2017
Impressed myself! Thanks guys.
As being new to homebrewing, only four previous kits prior to this, I will have to say that this one tates just like something out of a local microbrewery! Very good results. Thanks Morebeer!
October 5, 2015
Shallow Grave Porter
I really enjoyed this porter, I've made several of them now and this one stands out. I add a hint of black pepper to my batch and it made a big difference on the finish. Great recipe.
May 27, 2015
Very good
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.
May 6, 2015
Wonderful Beer
This beer was wonderful. I let it age for several months. It was well worth the wait. I added a little French and American oak which seemed like a nice addition.
May 5, 2015
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?

My wife likes it so what else matters :-)

April 27, 2015