Polygamy Porter Clone

The first time I had Wastach Polygamy Porter was in 2011. I had a layover in the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) I was at my gate with time to kill. Squatter’s airport pub was near my gate, so I decided to stop in. I previously heard of Polygamy Porter, so I decided to get a pint. I really enjoyed the beer, enough so when I had another layover in Salt Lake City International Airport again in 2013. I stopped at Squatter’s airport pub for another pint of Polygamy Porter.

In 2014, I had to travel to Wagner, South Dakota for work. I found Polygamy Porter in a liquor store. After the trip, I decided I wanted to clone Polygamy Porter. First to clone a beer, I always check a brewery website, sometimes they provide the beer profile for additional help. The website doesn’t provide IBU or SRM, but it does say chocolate flavor. I emailed the brewery asking what malts and hops they use. Wasatch was kind enough to give me a grain bill and hops. They said the percentages used of each grain was a secrete, but it was a good start. The website was correct; they use chocolate malts. I just had to fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, it was one of the brews I said I was going to get to and forgot about.

I forgot about the clone recipe for a year, now I want to brew the clone. I used the email and made my best guess. Base malts are always the highest percentage used. Wastach gave me a grain list. I’m guessing to use the base grain the most and use smaller amounts as I go down the line of malts listed. The grain bill they told me is 2 row, Crystal malt, Munich malt and Chocolate malt.

I turned to social media for help. There are many social media groups on homebrewing beer that are a huge help. I got tips I didn’t know about, like the hop additions. When cloning a beer it’s always helpful to talk with breweries a lot of professional brewers started off home brewing. Home brewers may have had a similar experience as you are having, so it never hurts to talk to other people.

I wanted to brew the nice simple brown porter whom I can’t get enough of when I’m out west. This is my first attempt. Hopefully, I hit the nail on the head with my clone, if not I’ll be back at it again next year with another attempt.

Polygamy Porter clone
6 gallons
O.G. 1.04
F.G. 1.01
ABV 3.9%
IBU 20.4
SRM 22.19

8 lbs pale malt
1 lbs Crystal 75
0.75 lbs Munich malt
0.5 Chocolate Malt

Willamette 1 oz boil 60 minutes
Willamette 0.75 oz boil 15 minutes
Willamette 0.25 oz boil 1 minutes
Mash at 155 degrees F for 90 minutes. Sparge with 168 degree F water. I think a 90 minute boil would help this beer have more of the toasty toffeyness. Make sure to adding hops as indicated.


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Graduates in the Distilling and Brewing Industry

Graduates in the Distilling and Brewing Industry


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Graduates need to know that this is a very sophisticated industry and it is one that offers great opportunities. It is not bad to start a career in a small brewing company. Starting salaries for graduates are often above average in the larger industries. If graduates have a distilling or brewing degree they are supported to learn on the job regardless of what they have studied. Someone who has studied on the technical side will not be excluded but a science qualification will be ideal. Normally employers look for graduates who can connect with their values and competencies. It will be graduates who have integrity and are real team players.


Graduates go through a two year programme designed to give them the real feel of how the  business is run, learning about processes, how the operations and the commercial side of the business is run. It would be great if someone has work experience then the individual would stand in good stead. If it is in distilling graduates will know exactly what job they will be applying for. Graduates are normally recruited as trainees and they are developed for the field of interest. The brewing industry is more like a club, people know each other. The environment is a very supportive and people are keen to see each other develop. The industry is very competitive joining the brewing industry is harder than joining any other FMCG business. If graduates decide to further their careers they have to be prepared to do shift work. The industry is a 24/7 operation and gradates need to be aware of that.


People who work in the distilling and brewing industry have different degrees, sciences and so forth. Graduates who do the more tailored programme at university will look at aspects of distilling and brewing in the broadest context this brings together the science and technical ideas of the industry. The brewing industry is not only about making beer there are a whole range of positions available. Many graduates who want to be directly involved normally find part time job while studying. In the UK many beer jobs are available in the industry today. Globally more and more graduates are working overseas where a career in this industry have also grown very popular. Graduates often join smaller companies to start off in the industry.


A great way to get a job is through an organisation that is called The Society of Independent Brewers in the UK. As part of your degree course you will be able to work at a brewing industry for a few months. Graduates will find it quite interesting and also gain a great deal of experience. If you want to work on your career and get hands on experience of what distilling and brewing is about then learning the ropes with a small company is not a bad idea.


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Distilling and brewing is practised all over the world. The global distilling and brewing industry is a multi – million markets. Both of these are mature markets and there are always opportunities for ambitious employees in this sector. The distilling and brewing products comes in different ranges and there are new concepts appearing on the market all the time. The distilling and brewing industry is highly competitive market. If you are looking for a position in the distilling and brewing industry the key is being in the right place at the right time as well as standing out from the crowd either through outstanding qualifications or top notch experience.


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Chebureki and Baltic Porter


I’m wanted to try more Russian beers Unfortunately Russian beers are in short supply where I live. I can get several choices from Baltika, which make a good beer.
I wanted to have some type of Russian food with my Russian beer. I did a quick Internet search, and I found Chebureki. Chebureki is an eastern European street food. It’s meat, and spice wrapped up in a deep-fried dough. It looks like a giant deep-fried ravioli. Overall with the beer and the food, I really like it. I know there are tons of recipes to make your own, but if you have an international market close look for Chebureki in the frozen section. They are really good.