I'm a newbie (first batch ever is in the primary) and am planning my second already...I love the way the house smelled!!!
Anyway, I bought an English Brown Ale Kit but it sounds like it might be a bit boring. I don't want to get crazy yet, but I like darker, fuller body beers with low bitterness but a lot of flavor (porter is high on my list for instance).
The recipe for the Brown Ale is:
3.3 lbs. Plain Amber Malt Extract
2 lbs. Plain Amber Dry Malt Extract
8 oz. Crushed Crystal Malt 60L
1 oz. Willamette Hops (Bittering)
1/2 oz. Willamette Hops (Finishing)
5 oz. Priming Sugar
And of course the yeast.
I was thinking of adding brown sugar to the recipe, but was wondering if just replacing the priming sugar with brown sugar would have a good effect?