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Old 05-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Never made a brown ale before, and I'm trying to build a recipe on my own for one. Any thoughts, suggestions on this would be appreciated.
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10 lb 2 row
1.5 brown
.5 roasted barley
.5 smoked malt
.25 crystal 60
.25 wheat

1 oz cascade 60 min
1 oz willamette 30 min
1 oz willamette flameout

mash @ 150 60 min
sparge 168

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Added smoked malt cause i've never used it before good idea? bad idea?

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Old 05-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Cant comment on the smoke, but a smoked brown ale if done well would be a really good BBQ pairing beer.

I think that the 0.5 lb roast barley is a little too high for the style. You dont want a super roasty brown ale (I dont think 4% will be super roasty..), b/c then it will just seem like a brown stout. Something like 2% will give you a bit of roast/coffee/toffee flavors though.

I would also up the crystal a bit as you'll need a touch more sweetness and if you decrease/take out the RB you'll nedd some more color.

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Old 05-10-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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As long as that's not peat smoked malt it shouldn't be too overwhelming.

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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Never made a brown ale before, and I'm trying to build a recipe on my own for one. Any thoughts, suggestions on this would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

10 lb 2 row
1.5 brown
.5 roasted barley
.5 smoked malt
.25 crystal 60
.25 wheat

1 oz cascade 60 min
1 oz willamette 30 min
1 oz willamette flameout

mash @ 150 60 min
sparge 168

wyeast 1056

Added smoked malt cause i've never used it before good idea? bad idea?
Okay, thanks guys, I think i'll take the RB down to .25 along with the smoked barley also to .25. would 1 lb of the crystal be too much for this recipe?
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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You may not have to play too much with the C60 as you've got a lot of brown malt that will provide some sweetness to the beer. You could omit the C60 perhaps as 0.25 lbs wont add a whole lot. If you want to keep it, maybe 0.5 lbs? Depends on what youre going for, but since youre mashing so low (150) it seems like you want a dry beer, so maybe just leave it out.....sorry for the stream of consciousness writing

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id swap the roasted barley for chocolate. that much roasted barley isnt the appropriate flavor for a brown.

id also up the crystal and/or the mash temp

edit: nm you already made those changes

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #7
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Okay cool, so i've made some changes in lieu of all of your advice and it looks like this now.

10 lb 2-row
1.5 brown
.25 chocolate
.25 smoked barley
.5 c60
.25 wheat

and brought the mash up to 156. Does this look better?

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:23 PM   #8
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Not sure what you are going for but if it is an American Brown ale I would change things. Now I mean this only if you are brewing to style if not than anything goes.

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I think 154 would be a little better, but give it a shot. There's a lot going on, but recipes tend to be more "complex" i.e., lots going on, when you first start and that's fine.

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So, How does it taste?

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