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

Heretics Shallow Grave® Robust Porter - Extract 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 10lbs of malt extract. The complex malt flavors come from a blend of 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 included steeping grains will come milled.
Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.
MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



ABV %7
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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felt like it
matt s on Nov 23, 2021
Right up
Mark W on Nov 9, 2021
felt like it
matt s on Nov 23, 2021
I like black beer. Comments soundded good
Lawrence H on Nov 11, 2021
Right up
Mark W on Nov 9, 2021
We like Stouts
Fred B on Nov 2, 2021
I like porters and the description sold it
Will M on Oct 30, 2021
Love porters
Daniel S on Oct 22, 2021
wanted a porter for winter. This had good reviews, so I took a leap of faith!
Troy C on Oct 19, 2021
Darker beer higher alcohol content. Want a change from the pumpkin beer I usually get at this time of the year.
Clay Bridgewater on Oct 8, 2021
My go-to extract kit
Roland T on Sep 23, 2021
Sounds good
Brendan D on Sep 16, 2021
sounded good
Kenneth J L on Aug 16, 2021
great reviews and we love porters and stouts
Donald R M on Aug 4, 2021
Sounded good and I like porters
Michael M on Aug 4, 2021
I liked the name, & the description sounded tatsy!
Mike S on Jun 18, 2021
I think it’s a better product
Phillip Williams on Jun 1, 2021
Only dark stout you had
Mark W on May 29, 2021
Recommended as a great porter.
William T on Apr 16, 2021
this is a consistent favorite.
chris p on Mar 18, 2021
Its the best Porter I have ever tasted.
Miguel Ugarte on Jan 19, 2021
Brewed a batch in the fall and it is delicious
Jeffrey on Jan 11, 2021
Love porter and have never tried this one
Wade S on Dec 22, 2020
based on reviews
Christopher R on Nov 10, 2020
sounded good
Douglas C S on Oct 27, 2020
Looked cool
David J on Oct 7, 2020
I like Porters. Good rating.
Jeffrey H on Sep 29, 2020
first time brewing, seemed like a good one to start with.
Kevin H on Sep 16, 2020
My go to Porter, turns out great every time.
Steven M on Aug 5, 2020
dark beer all year
Marshall J on Jun 10, 2020
Try something new
Walter G on May 22, 2020
7% and a porter
Mark T on May 4, 2020
I need something I can brew at room temp, and I like dark, heavy ales.
John K T on May 1, 2020
made it 2 times before. everyones favorite
Reggie g on Mar 24, 2020
My go to porter.
Steven M on Mar 24, 2020
I've ordered it before and I love it.
Marcus H on Mar 17, 2020
Evil looking packaging
Wesley M on Jan 9, 2020
Great beer kit
Richard S on Jan 3, 2020
Local brewery, like the style...
Scott B on Dec 20, 2019
Excellent winter beer
JC D on Dec 14, 2019
Very drinkable porter. You don't have to wait for the dark malts to mellow. One of my favorite
Thomas H on Oct 3, 2019
Customer Reviews
Chris W on Oct 2, 2019
I've made it in the past and its a great beer
Brian M S on Sep 25, 2019
Looking for a fall porter
Robert H on Sep 25, 2019
I like strong, dark beers.
Ronald J on Aug 31, 2019
loved it the first time
Valued C on Aug 28, 2019
I have done it before and love it.
Marcus H on Aug 28, 2019
Great recipe
Steven M on Jun 22, 2019
Like Heretic
Matthew N on May 14, 2019
We have tasted this product from the original brewer.
Christine R K on Feb 19, 2019
Sounds interesting.
Ines K on Dec 11, 2018
Porters are the best!
Elizabeth E on Dec 11, 2018
I like black beer. Comments soundded good
Lawrence H on Nov 11, 2021
We like Stouts
Fred B on Nov 2, 2021

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Rated 5 out of 5
good looking brew .. in primary now
November 17, 2021
3 weeks ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Shallow grave
Excellent taste. Very quick fermentation with great results. Will definitely buy again.
October 13, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
incomplete grain bill. substituted specialty malts
incomplete grain bill. substituted specialty malts. had to go to local supply to correct kit ingredients
October 13, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great flavor, great color. Just a great beer. I used cellular science calli yeast andcturned out to a 8.9 ABV
April 8, 2021
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have brewed both the Extract and All Grain versions of this.It is so flavorful. Truly gets compliments from anyone who tries it. The perfect beer to serve to someone who things dark beers are too heavy. It is potent, but goes down so easily. The Chocolate Milkshake of Porters ... uh, until all those milkshake beers started showing up! LOL
January 21, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Robust Porter
Brewed this initially just because of the name (and Jamil's reputation) to enjoy by Halloween. Used WLP001 Cal Ale yeast, 14 days in fermentor before cold crashing in keg. I realize that cold conditioning for at least a week will make a huge difference, but one day after kegging it has an excellent roasted coffee/cocoa rich malt body with hops that are bold but perfectly balanced. Although the malt and hops provide tons of character this beer is not heavy but is very drinkable at nearly 7% ABV. Carbonated at 2.2 Volumes at 42 F serving temp (~10psi serving pressure) worked good for me. This beer makes a great late evening beverage that some report pairs well with cannabis ;)
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October 24, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Coffee Porter
I used the Imperial Darkness yeast. Primary fermentation for 6 days then added 1 1/2 cups whole espresso beans in secondary for 5 days. Abv. was a little above 6.5%. Came out absolutely fantastic. Ready for winter with this fireplace sipper.
October 14, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good and malty without too much hoppiness. Will definitely brew again.
May 11, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really great Porter
By far my favorite Porter kit so far!
Actually preparing to brew 2nd batch this weekend.
Good depth of flavors and a nice mouth feel!
February 15, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A dark, strong, awesome porter that you will brew time and time again.
This beer came out great. My final abv was around 9.4%, but it is still smooth and great. The flavors are all subtle and makke for a great pint. The beer is the hit of the party.
February 9, 2018
over 3 years ago