Poffo’s Porter

We were planning on making a double IPA, but changed our minds at the last minute and made a porter instead. It’s been a while since we made a nice roasty brew. It’s still pretty young, but I think this will turn out to be the best porter we’ve made yet.

We also splurged this week on some yeast lab equipment and four pounds of bulk hops (Cascade, Nugget, Pacific Gem, and Styrian Golding). Stay tuned for our upcoming adventures in yeast slanting and propagation.

Style: Porter
Batch Volume (Gallons): 10
Boil Time: 60
Yeast Starter: Yes
Target Gravity: 1.065-1.073 original
                        1.018 final

Actual Gravity: 1.064 original
                        1.016 final
Attenuation: 75%
ABV: 6.3%
Estimated IBU: 38

Fermentables:
22 lbs. 2 Row
2 lbs. Chocolate Malt
2 lbs. Crystal 40
1 lb Flaked Barley
8 oz. Black Patent
2 oz. Roasted Barley
Add 1 lb. of Malto Dextrin to boil for 20 mins

Hops:

60 min. 2 oz. Northern Brewer
60 min. 1 oz Cascade

Adjuncts:

1 tsp yeast nutrient

Yeast:
3 L starters, decanted
California V
Pacific

Brewing Notes:
Mashed at 150-153 F for 60 mins
Strong dark chocolate / coffee roast flavor and aroma. Very light on hop taste/aroma, just enough bitterness to remind you this isn’t a mocha.
This is our first time playing with malto-dextrin… it thickens up the mouthfeel of the beer without adding any sweetness. It had a wonderful effect on the wort, but I must note it almost feels like cheating.

Fermentation Notes:

 

 

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Mexico City

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Getting into Mexico City was no easy task. I managed to pick rush hour. Stupid, Cory. Stupid. Once I hit the outskirts of the city, it probably took me an hour and a half to find the hostel. Mexico City is a maze to those who don't live there, and it's filled with aggressive city drivers. Imagine driving in San Francisco, another place where driving is very social, and you've really got to communicate and respond to the actions of all of the cars around you constantly, but then take it's 3 lane streets, and make them into 8 lane streets, and you've got Mexico City. Exhibit any fear and every driver on the road will do anything they can to make your world a nightmare. You've got to be merciless to drive here. Defend your lane, and growl with your throttle when threatened. In San Francisco I had the upper hand at all times when driving my car. One look at my piece of shit car, and everyone knew that they were the ones with something to lose, and promptly got out of my way. In Mexico City, almost everyone else has that advantage. I was lost for a lot of the approach, but once I got my bearings, and I got into the split, it was on. It didn't matter how wide the road, I felt quite at home. And soon enough, I was at the hostel. (more...)

Puerto Vallarta

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The ride out of Mazatlan was mostly peaceful at around 7 AM. Today was my first day taking the Libre roads. It was an excellent choice. The road twisted and turned, and all around delighted more. I once again failed to get many good photos. It was my longest ride in Mexico to date, but it went by relatively painlessly. (more...)

Mazatlan

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I didn't get out the door at the time I intended. But I did get as much sleep as I could. My dreams echoed some of my waking concerns. But I woke up fairly well rested, all things considered. I checked the vitals on the motorcycle. Everything was good. I got her all loaded, and hit the road. (more...)

“Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive”

-- Robert Pirsig

Bahia to Los Mochis

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Today was the first day waking up in another country on this trip. In that way it was significant. I woke up around dawn, peered out of my tent. All I could see was motorcycle and pink sky. It made me pretty happy. I was still tired, but I forced myself up. I immediately broke down camp. Before I was done I met a super cute puppy, and her owner. If I recall correctly their names were Rebel and Wendy, respectively. (more...)

And into Mexico

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I woke up on a comfy couch in Tucson. My wonderful hostess, Ashley, had made coffee. It was blue bottle coffee... I guess a friend from San Francisco had sent it to her. It was made in a drip pot, but it was still clearly blue bottle coffee. We went to breakfast at a cute little spot, and then I went back to the house to get some things sorted (Insurance, telephone, etc). (more...)

Sometimes I wish I had a tail, I think I could express myself better.

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame."

-- Robert Pirsig

Santa Fe Days

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After Flagstaff came Santa Fe. I'd been having issues with my heated grips. They seem to keep blowing fuses, no matter the amperage. They had the night before in the last 20 minutes of riding. Anyway, I swapped them out first thing before leaving. The ride itself was pretty uneventful. Just long and cold. When I woke up in Flagstaff the temperature was about 3º F. By the time I left it was in the 20s, which was much more doable, especially with my heated grips working again. (more...)

Day 5: Leaving Orange County

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Staying in Dana Point for the holidays was a real treat. I saw lots of old high school friends, and stayed with Linda Balmer. I got a little bit of work done on the motorcycle, and managed to install a USB charger for my phone. (more...)

Day 1 Came and Went

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It's too bad I couldn't have planned the weather out better. It was a little bit lousy on the whole. There were a few places heading south, where the storm was to the east, and I got a gap in the clouds that allowed me to be in the sun and look at the ocean. Then every now and again I would get a slight coating and then completely rained on. (more...)

Riding To South America

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Okay, so the day approaches. I'm about to leave on a motorcycle adventure to South America. I don't quite know how things will pan out after what I have mapped, or how close my route will be to what I have mapped. But here it is. The all of it. I've got my lists of gear, and motorcycle supplies. My route is currently mapped out as far as Guatemala, where Matt will be meeting me for a few weeks.  
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Deep Water Soloing, Poda Island

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Looks like I'll be able to cross that one off of my list.

They heard me singing and they told me to stop Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock

-- Arcade Fire

Thailand: Climbophilia

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Not much to detail here. Just working and climbing. I mostly wanted to share some close up photos of rock here for my climbing buddies.  And drinking the occasional beer. It's a good life.  

Thailand: Railay

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This spot has been incredible. I've already gotten some really fun sport climbing in. Made it into the ocean. Eaten all sorts of delicious things. Seen monkeys. Made friends. Been rained on. Gotten work done. Relaxed. Shaved off a moustache. And blogged about it.

Thailand Arrival

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I'm going to keep this pretty brief. I have about a dozen mosquitos buzzing around my feet. Every now and then the fan turns my way and blows them away. They then have about ten seconds to make their move. I hate to say it, but they've been impressively successful. I have to hand it to them, they're good at what they do. (more...)

Emotional ups and downs? Ride it.