I would like to organize a homebrew exchange where we brew a Porter using some historical methods. The purpose of this brew is not to recreate a Historical Porter. That would be nearly impossible given the changes in gravity, hopping rates, etc. throughout time. The purpose is to have some fun and do something different brewing a beer by incorporating some of the historical methodology. There will be some elements that are mandatory but for the most part the brewer is going to have a great deal of latitude on how to use these methods and put their own personal stamp on the brew. Please try to keep this thread clean of comments like “that is not how they did it, brown malt is different, that is not essentia bine, etc.” especially if you are not participating. If you want to discuss what makes a Historical porter please start a different thread, that is not the intention here. If you chime in with comments like those be prepared to put your money where your mouth is. 1. Grain bill- You are to use Base Malt and British Brown Malt. These are the only two malts allowed. No crystal, no Black Patent, No Roast Barley, we want to get most of the color from the other methods. Combine these in whatever percentages you want. If you have never used modern Brown Malt it is an intense malt, I plan on using it in the 7-15% range, I have not decided yet. Use whatever base malt you want, Pilsner, British, American, German, Belgian or whatever you think will work. Want to make your own Brown malt? You are the type of brewer we are looking for. 2. Essentia bine- This is a mandatory addition, and is a sugar that has been cooked/burnt to a bitter blackness. You can make it from whatever sugar you want, cane, malt, some exotic stuff, whatever. The point is to make some kind of dark cooked/burnt sugar addition. No, you cannot just add D2 you must make it yourself. Add at whatever % of the sugars you want. Ryane has a very interesting take on cooking sugars if you are interested. Throwing some cane sugar in a pan and cooking it or taking a blow torch to it is just fine also. 3. Leghorn Juice- Another mandatory addition, an extract made from Licorice root. It is also known as Spanish Juice. If someone will post a guideline recipe I would appreciate it, my google-fu is weak on this one. I currently plan on dicing up a few ounces of root and reducing it in some water. No licorice stick, the point is to make it yourself. 4. Mashing/boiling- Optional, but you can do some crazy mashing/boiling routine like you can find on Ron Pattinson’s blog. You may want to reduce some of the times on the secondary mashes and boils due to the smaller scale of a homebrew operation. 5. Label- Mandatory and must include information on your process regarding each method. I don’t care if it is hand written and taped over the existing label, just let others know what you did so they can compare it to their process. The rest of the specifications are up to the individual brewer. OG/FG, hopping rates, yeast selection and fermentation, carbonation, water profile are all up to you so express yourself. Want to split a batch? You are exactly the type of homebrew we are looking for. There is a lot going on here, I understand that. Each brewer will be expected to do a little research on their own about ingredients and methods unfamiliar to them and carefully consider how to incorporate them into their brewday. We will brew it any time between now and April and exchange it sometime in August-September depending on climate conditions. These types of exchanges can get time consuming and expensive so consider that before joining. Without fail, someone will have a problem, and that usually is not a problem as long as they communicate. Don’t drink the all of your brew until all your packages have landed, trust me. We will send 2-3 bottles to each participant and I will try to keep it around 5 participants. That is usually all we get on these, I will be surprised if we get 5 participants on this one. I will take submissions until the end of January and after that we will communicate via private conversation. Let it begin.