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BrokenDog 05-25-2010 10:39 AM

AG Brown Ale, looking for some ideas
 
I recently did an AG Brown Ale in a 2 1/2G test batch and it turned out pretty good but I was wondering if anyone wanted to provide some other ideas that might make it even better. My ingredients are as follows:
(Remember this is a half batch so I would basicly be doubling everything but the yeast.)

5lbs Maris Otter Pale Malt (UK)
1/4lb Faucett English Dark Crystal Malt
1/4lb Briiess US Chocolate Malt
1oz Fuggle pellet hops
11g Windsor Dry Yeast
1oz Irish Moss

Mashed at 156F for 90 min at 1.25 qt per lb

1/2 hops for 60min
1/4 hops at 10min
1oz Irish Moss 10 min
1/4 hops dry hopped

This was mostly a full boil but I underestimated my boil volume and had to top off with 1/2g, (now I have a 34qt pot so a 5G boil won't be a problem)
My OG was 1.064 and FG was 1.023, I did a two week primary with no secondary. This time I will probably do at least another week or two in my secondary, as the first batch was more of an experiment as my first AG batch.

A few considerations, I would like a bit more hoppyness like the Dogfish Indian Brown, wouldn't mind more chocolate flavor undertones and, am planning on doing liquid yeast this time around. Thanks for everyones thoughts in advance.

tamoore 05-25-2010 11:06 AM

I just came up with an India Brwon Ale recipe that I'm gonna brew this weekend. Lemme pull it up and post it for you in a sec...

bullinachinashop 05-25-2010 11:08 AM

You could add 12oz. of carabrown.
Bump your Fuggle up .5 oz.
The 90 min mash is probably not needed.
WLP 060 for your yeast, but I actually like the Windsor.
Just MHO
Good luck
Bull

tamoore 05-25-2010 11:11 AM

Bitter Brown Ale
Batch size 5.2 gallons
Boil size 6.3 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 10.87 pounds
Efficiency 70%

Original gravity 1.053
Final gravity 1.014
Alcohol (by volume) 5.2%
Bitterness (IBU) 71
Color (SRM) 20.9L
Yeast Wyeast 1272 American Ale II

Grains/Extracts/Sugars
10.87 pounds
Pale Ale
38ppg, 3L 8.5 pounds
78.2%
Crystal 60L
34ppg, 60L 1.5 pounds
13.8%
CaraPils
33ppg, 1.5L 0.5 pounds
4.6%
Chocolate
29ppg, 350L 0.37 pounds
3.4%

Hops
5 ounces
Glacier hops
5%, Pellet 4 ounces
Warrior hops
16%, Pellet 1 ounce


Mash
60 minutes, 7.9 gallons
Strike
Target 154F 3.5 gallons
167F
60 minutes (+0)
Sparge
Target 168F 4.4 gallons
174F

Boil
60 minutes, 6.3 gallons
Warrior hops
16%, Pellet 1 ounce
60 minutes (+0)
Glacier hops
5%, Pellet 1 ounce
30 minutes (+30)
Glacier hops
5%, Pellet 1 ounce
15 minutes (+45)
Wort chiller 15 minutes (+45)


Ferment

7 days @ 60-72F
Glacier hops
5%, Pellet 2 ounces
14 days (+0)

bullinachinashop 05-25-2010 11:20 AM

^ Wow.. That sounds bitter for a brown. Good name I guess.
Bull

tamoore 05-25-2010 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bullinachinashop (Post 2078010)
^ Wow.. That sounds bitter for a brown. Good name I guess.
Bull

Yup. I suspect it'll be freakin' delicious, if you like beer and hops. ;)

bullinachinashop 05-25-2010 11:27 AM

With that hop schedule, I think I may call that a dark IPA. Still sounds good as I'm bitter to the core.
I have an IPA on tap now that is at 97.7 IBU:)

tamoore 05-25-2010 11:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bullinachinashop (Post 2078015)
With that hop schedule, I think I may call that a dark IPA. Still sounds good as I'm bitter to the core.
I have an IPA on tap now that is at 97.7 IBU:)

You know? I was thinking about bringing the chocolate up a bit, and maybe dropping the 60L a tad for more of that type malty backing. Also thinking of maybe dropping the bittering addition 1/4 Oz.

Who knows?? ;)

BadKarma 05-25-2010 12:01 PM

Could try replacing the Maris Otter with Golden Promise! I did a Bitters with GP and was amazed at the outcome. Really thick malty "biscuity" flavor. I'm gonna try it with a bunch of my other English style ales.

BrokenDog 05-25-2010 01:36 PM

Thanks all keep the ideas coming.


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