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Heretics Shallow Grave Robust Porter - All Grain 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 15lbs of malt. The complex malt flavors come from a blend of Munich, 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 or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

ABV %7
Beer StyleStout & Porter
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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I looks Bold!
VINCENZO D on Aug 13, 2018
I like tastie brew
Anthony M on Apr 26, 2018
I looks Bold!
VINCENZO D on Aug 13, 2018
Because of the sweet profile
Valued C on Jun 26, 2018
I like tastie brew
Anthony M on Apr 26, 2018
I read good reviews and I love the commercial version
Valued C on Mar 16, 2018
Friend made it. Tasted awesome.
James C on Mar 16, 2018
Buddy and I splitting the batch
Michael H on Feb 13, 2018
I'm going to age it in a Rye Whiskey barrel - wish me luck.
Douglas P on Feb 7, 2018
Picked the extract before and was awesome. Will give this a try.
Michael G on Jan 17, 2018
Because of the sweet profile
Valued C on Jun 26, 2018
I read good reviews and I love the commercial version
Valued C on Mar 16, 2018

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Very nice porter, didn't hop as called for
Really loved this beer, but when I was looking around on the net it was suggested to use .5 and 1.5 oz's of hops rather then 1 & 2 oz. Took this suggestion & if I did this again I would do it exactly the same!
February 8, 2018
7 months ago
It is a really good porter.
January 27, 2018
7 months ago
Taste more like a brown ale
Maybe it was my brewing procedure but this beer did not come out like a porter at all. I’m rather disappointed not bad but nothing like a porter.
January 24, 2018
7 months ago
Great beer. It keeps getting better with age. Unfortunately my first batch is almost gone and haven’t had time to make the round.
January 23, 2018
7 months ago
Very Enjoyable.
I'm near the end of my keg of this kit, and I've got to say, it's been a really solid, easy-drinking porter. The aroma is of powdered cocoa, and the taste is sweetness with underlying chocolate and roast. I usually like more chocolate and black malt bite in my porters, so I'll adjust the recipe next time. But the kit as it stands makes a really good beer. Highly recommend.

A few notes:
1. I adjusted the bittering charge and flavor hop addition to .5 oz Columbus, and 1.5 oz Cascade respectively. The kit instructions list something like 35 IBU, and if you use the hops they give you, it'll produce a much more bitter beer.
2. The chocolate malt comes from Hugh Baird. I find a fairly large discrepancy between chocolate malts from different maltsters.
3. I put this beer on cask, and the creamy mouthfeel that comes from that really accentuated the malt flavors.
November 8, 2015
Black as coal
Very dark and robust porter. I haven't compared it to the commercial version, but it turned out great. My friends and beer club peers loved it. More than one said it was "one of the best porters I've ever had."
March 1, 2015
Thank you MOREBEER and JAMIL for this AWESOME Porter recipe!I ALWAYS have this beer on tap!! People that DO NOT drink dark beer LOVE IT!I love watching their face when they take a sip!!CHEERS
June 13, 2014
A fantastic Porter
I brought this a keg of this porter to my daughter's Christmas party along with another brew. The dark beer drinkers loved it and one craft beer drinker stated that it was one of the best porters that he ever had. Out of 5 gallons brought to the party I brought home less than a gallon! BTW there were only 35 people there so it appears that this was a hit! Personally I loved the color & flavor and I will be brewing this fine porter again!
December 28, 2013
Amazing porter
Nice dark color and smooth flavor. Very drinkable
May 7, 2013