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

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.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.068-1.075
  • SRM (Color Range): 33
  • IBUs: 33
  • 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 grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.


ABV %7
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Like stouts.
Lawrence T on Oct 22, 2021
Sounds awesome
Joe Asa on May 6, 2021
Like stouts.
Lawrence T on Oct 22, 2021
Came out great the first time I brewed it...
Kenneth S on May 17, 2021
Sounds awesome
Joe Asa on May 6, 2021
try something new
Edward B on Apr 27, 2021
Did this last year with great effect!
Dr Thomas E D on Apr 1, 2021
KOTW and first brew is very good.
Brett C on Mar 29, 2021
I was out of beer
Scott M on Dec 21, 2020
Christmas gift for my son-in-law
DALE M on Dec 16, 2020
David G on Nov 26, 2020
Wanted a dark beer, brewmasters are usually good.
Joshua W on Oct 11, 2020
Ordered before, new favorite.
Craig Robb on Aug 6, 2020
great beer and more of a challenge
paul K on Jul 2, 2020
This porter sounds delicious and I am still fairly new to all grain.
Matthew J on Apr 10, 2020
Tired this beer at a bar once before, enjoyed it.
Craig Robb on Apr 8, 2020
My efficiency has really dropped when I don’t milk my own grain
jason l on Feb 11, 2020
Good reviews
Mary M on Dec 19, 2019
looking for a big porter
Ricardo D on Dec 17, 2019
One of my favorites from Heretic but more difficult to find in stores.
Mark F on Dec 3, 2019
Last back of this blew up! Trying again
Joe L on Nov 20, 2019
It's delicious
Julie M on Nov 14, 2019
Love this beer and I can't get it in my neck of the woods. Thanks for putting together a kit!
John S on Oct 22, 2019
Second time ordering this. It was delish!
Hondo S on Apr 9, 2019
This is the best porter I've brewed. It continues to improve after one and a half years in bottle. I will keg this batch.
David Hanson on Nov 20, 2018
made it before
Chuck R on Nov 20, 2018
Brewed this once before - great beer.
Michael Cooling on Oct 18, 2018
I like the original....
Timothy Kattner on Oct 4, 2018
Seemed like a good option for my first Porter to brew. I really like Porters as the weather starts to cool off.
Rodney Flowers on Aug 21, 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.
95220 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 Pyle on Feb 7, 2018
Picked the extract before and was awesome. Will give this a try.
Michael G on Jan 17, 2018
Came out great the first time I brewed it...
Kenneth S on May 17, 2021
try something new
Edward B on Apr 27, 2021
Looking at the recipe, it seems with an ounce of Columbus will put this recipe well over the IBU calculation given. Never had the original version of this, but I'm assuming that the IBUs should be closer to 33 - 35. Is that correct?
Wes Idell on Dec 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The commercial version of this beer has a very sturdy bitterness, so it may be correct to use the whole ounce. Of course the best part of homebrewing is you get to brew the beer to your exact taste and preference for IBU. Cheers!

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Rated 3 out of 5
proper instructions would have been a big help
Bought three all grain kits and they all came with extract instructions.. The devil is in the details
June 21, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good recipe from Jamil Zainasheff. Taste, aroma, color, mouthfeel are all excellent. My only problem was that I left a valve open while racking to secondary, and spilled about two gallons on the floor :-( Sad waste of good beer. I plan to brew it again. I labelled my bottles as "Night Heron Porter". I like animal names.
May 6, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Great Porter
3 stars given due to hops in recipe, noted below.

It's a great porter. Very balanced, on the high end of most specifications for the style, and it seems the recipe that pushes the styles extremes (while still being in range) are my favorites. I feel it is highly representative of the style.

The one thing I struggle with on this recipe is the hops. From everything I can gather about the original, the IBU range from 32-35. If I run the hops from the recipe through IBU estimation calculators it comes out to: Tinseth- 53.8, Rager- 67.6, well over the packaged beer's IBUs.

In my implementation of the recipe, I cut the hops to 0.5 oz Columbus at 60m, 0.25 Columbus at 30m. This still has taken the est. IBUs to 44.5 (Rager), as I was trying to balance between the recipe and the actual porter.

All that being said, the hops are a bit dominant and I feel that 0.5 ounce at 60 (or even first wort hopping at 0.25 and then a 0.25 addition at 60) would be spot on.

The implementation of the beer is still a bit young, and I would look for some of the bittering aspects to fade given a few weeks of age.
December 22, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a must try for porter lovers.
This is the best porter I've had in some time. Perfectly balanced.
December 15, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great tasting beer but a little hoppy for a porter
All in all a good kit. I thought that the hop additions were a little aggressive for a porter. It came out a little too hoppy for a porter. I like hoppy beers so i am okay with it. I’ll order again but will reduce the hop additions.
December 8, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Really enjoyed it, would brew again
Well balanced, def recommend the imperial flagship yeast for some nice English ale notes.
August 5, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Porter
Brewed this with WLP001 California Ale carbed at 11 PSI with a 6' line at 40F. I made one deviation from the original recipe by adding an aditional 1lb of flaked oats to add more body. The beer came out fantastic and is one of my favorites. The color is a deep black, the aroma that of coffee and chocolate and the flavor of roasted coffee with a smooth creamy finish.
February 10, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Not bad
Very good porter. I did have to cut the hops way back. If you add the hops the recipe calls for it comes in aound 70 something IBUs. That seemed a little high for a porter. Overall good beer.
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December 29, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Beer for Only 2 Weeks
Second time I've made this and it's truly a great beer for only 2 weeks fermentation. Now that I have a keg and don't have to bottle condition I'm drinking the brew in only 2 weeks. The kit clearly states yeast must be ordered but does not say anything about the Whirlfloc Tablet, so I ordered a pack for nothing.
November 14, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago