Hey guys, thinking of doing a holiday themed Porter to be ready for drinking around Christmas. I'm looking for some advice on how to build a good recipe for one.
From the research I've done, it seems like the most popular base malt is Maris Otter. However, I've seen some interesting recipes where they use half Otter, half pale ale malt for a slightly lighter taste. I find that the best porters I've tried don't have that aggressive roasty flavor many stouts do, so I may try to minimize those kinds of grains in this batch. Are rolled or flaked oats used for mouthfeel with this style, or is that exclusive to oatmeal stouts?
I'm also generally looking for a lower ABV, between about 5.5%-6.5%
Thanks for any help on this!