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Old 02-15-2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default India Brown Ale recipe critique

I have been wanting to clone the Terrapin India Style Brown Ale and i took information from their website to try to come up with something that would be close. They have pretty good info as to grains, hops, ibus, but no proportions. How does this look, particularly the grain bill. I'v never used Victory or Special Roast so i'm not sure if the amounts used will be overpowering/not noticed. I just added them to get the color to my liking in Beersmith.

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6 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain
3 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain
1 lbs Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain
8.0 oz Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)

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60 min 1.00 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (60 min)
30 min 0.50 oz Centennial [9.10 %] (30 min)
15 min 0.50 oz Cascade [6.10 %] (15 min)
5 min 0.50 oz Centennial [9.10 %] (5 min)
0 min 0.50 oz Centennial [9.10 %] (0 min)

Mash at 154 for 60min

Yeast - US-05 or US-04 most likely.

O.G. - 1.061
IBU's - 65
SRM - 21.7


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Old 02-15-2009, 08:14 PM   #2
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I would think you would need some chocolate or black patent malt to get this into the brown category for color. Just shooting from the hip here on that, but I'm sure someone else can chime in here to verify that.

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Old 02-15-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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Yeah, they had Chocolate listed as a malt used, but by the time i put the others in if i added the chocolate then it would have been a deep black color.

I could back off on the Victory or Caramel 60 and put some chocolate in, i just dont think the amount i would add would be very noticeable among the current grain bill.

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FWIW, I brewed a brown ale that beersmith said was 23.5 SRM and gave nearly black in the little color square, and the beer didn't turn out nearly as dark as indicated. It actually turned out a pretty classic brown ale color. My recipe had 1/2 lb of caramel 120L and 1/5 lb of chocolate as well as a 1/10 lb carafa II.....then again, I used all Pale malt as a base. Your munich might make it a bit darker, but other things being equal, I'd use a little chocolate if I were you.

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Ok, i lowered the Crystal 60 from 1lb to 3/4 lb and added in 1/4 lb of Chocolate.

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Why did you go with 6lbs of munich and 3lbs of 2 row?

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Mainly because i have a few sacks of 2-row sitting around and i figure no one would miss a couple pounds of Munich in this grain bill.

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I am interested in finding out how this turns out, be sure to update with the results. I just brewed my attempt at an India Brown Ale.

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A full pound of Victory is an awful lot on its own, much less in combination with Special Roast. Either alone or in combination, I think it unwise to exceed 10% of the grist. You've got 13% of the grist with that combo. IMO, you'd be wise to reduce the Victory to 0.5 lbs.

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A full pound of Victory is an awful lot on its own, much less in combination with Special Roast. Either alone or in combination, I think it unwise to exceed 10% of the grist. You've got 13% of the grist with that combo. IMO, you'd be wise to reduce the Victory to 0.5 lbs.

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Agreed! Victory can over power pretty easily.
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