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Old 09-04-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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My buddy gave this to me today and wanted me to figure it out so he could make it. It don't look to tasty to me. It's supposedly Washingtons recipe from mt Vernon.

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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Sounds disgusting, but you're welcome to brew up 30 gallons of it and try it out if you can figure out what a sifter full of bran grain is.

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1 gallon molasses to 10 gallons of beer and a 3 hour boil with no grains? That's definitely interesting. I'd love to read about someone trying it.

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Sounds disgusting, but you're welcome to brew up 30 gallons of it and try it out if you can figure out what a sifter full of bran grain is.
It's bran hops though. No grain...
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It's bran hops though. No grain...
Huh, didn't notice that on the first read. A Google search for "bran hops" only turns up people talking about that recipe.
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I'm pretty sure in "Radical Brewing" Randy Mosher worked out the recipe so you could make it. If I recall correctly, he said it would make a rather poor beer, but if you really want to make it, I'd look at that book.

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It sounds pretty nasty to me. My buddy I asked me about it and I told him I'd find out. I ain't gonna make it.

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Sounds like a decent recipe if you are in a bind. Works out to be in the 'ordinary bitter' territory alcohol-wise, so looks plausible. Maybe I'll try a 1-gallon batch some time.

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It could be that there is a missed period between Bran and Hops. When you crush your grain, it looks similar to bran, with the husks all open, right? Then flavor with "Hops to your taste". A sifter varies in size, but think a screen-bottomed wooden framed device used to separate grain from flour...there are a few antique grain sifters on ebay that look like they could hold over 20 lbs of grain at once without a problem.

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It could be that there is a missed period between Bran and Hops. When you crush your grain, it looks similar to bran, with the husks all open, right? Then flavor with "Hops to your taste". A sifter varies in size, but think a screen-bottomed wooden framed device used to separate grain from flour...there are a few antique grain sifters on ebay that look like they could hold over 20 lbs of grain at once without a problem.
Perhaps... I thought that at first, but then calculated the OG based just on the molasses. It's spot on for a "small beer," and since there's no mashing step, it seems unlikely that the beer would get better from boiling a bunch of grain for 3 hours. Plus, hops seems like something that would be "to taste," whereas grain would normally be a fairly set quantity.

Though, thinking about it again, I guess maybe it's being used as a specialty grain, and perhaps extracted tannins would improve a beer that's otherwise a sickly sweet molasses mead.
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