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Old 03-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
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Default Hoppy Brown- Thoughts?

Only my second AG recipe, I'm not very knowledgable of specialty grains..From what I have read my percentages are reasonable, but any input on the grain bill would be much appreciated. Was really wondering at what percentages the chocolate malt flavor would become noticeable/too much. Going for a ridiculously hoppy brown. Thanks in advance

9 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 76.6 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.5 %
1 lbs Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 8.5 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.3 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.1 %
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 2.2 IBUs
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 7 1.5 IBUs
0.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 8 3.4 IBUs
0.25 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 9 3.4 IBUs
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 3.7 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 11 2.4 IBUs
0.50 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 12 5.6 IBUs
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 13 5.6 IBUs
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 14 5.4 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 15 3.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 16 8.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 17 8.2 IBUs
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 18 3.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 19 1.9 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 20 4.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 21 4.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 22 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 23 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 24 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 25 0.0 IBUs

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:14 AM   #2
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Default Aggressively hopped Brown Ale

Wow! That's a whole lotta hops.. 15oz for 5 gallons!

Not sure how much malt backbone you need for that kind of hopping, but I had a few thoughts on your grain bill.

I think the Victory & C-120 are not really needed. You already have the maris otter base grain plus some munich to give it toasty, malty goodness. I'd up the chocolate malt to at least 1/2# ... maybe a bit more... No more than 1# on the outside.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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You said it right, it is ridiculous. I'd say it's a waste of a lot of hops. I'd hazard a guess you're not growing hops in Alabama so I'd say take 10-11 ounces and keep them for other batches. I don't think you will miss them really. Tone it down and redistribute some of those hop quantities around and you'll do just fine for a hoppy brown. No need to make a beer so complex you'll never be able to exactly repeat it if you like it. Simple is good. Save some hops for later batches is what I'd do.

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Old 04-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Did you brew this? Sounds interesting which is good... I do a similar big brown ale with lots of Nugget and some Colombus. It comes out deliciously chocolatey, earthy, and dank.

I don't think the munich would contribute much to all that. And maybe ditch 1 hop variety to clean it up a bit. From my experience anything too citrusy doesn't go well with chocolate or roasted malts. When I first started brewing AG I had a tendency to overcomplicate recipes which often made my finished brews taste kind of muddled.

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