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Old 05-25-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default 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.

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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...

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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
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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) 20.9°L
Yeast Wyeast 1272 American Ale II

Grains/Extracts/Sugars
10.87 pounds
Pale Ale
38ppg, 3°L 8.5 pounds
78.2%
Crystal 60L
34ppg, 60°L 1.5 pounds
13.8%
CaraPils
33ppg, 1.5°L 0.5 pounds
4.6%
Chocolate
29ppg, 350°L 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 154°F 3.5 gallons
167°F
60 minutes (+0)
Sparge
Target 168°F 4.4 gallons
174°F

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 @ 60-72°F
Glacier hops
5%, Pellet 2 ounces
14 days (+0)
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^ Wow.. That sounds bitter for a brown. Good name I guess.
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^ Wow.. That sounds bitter for a brown. Good name I guess.
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Yup. I suspect it'll be freakin' delicious, if you like beer and hops.
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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

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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??
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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.

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Thanks all keep the ideas coming.

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