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Old 11-08-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Brulosopher's Dark Brown Ale

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP001
Yeast Starter: 1.5L
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU: 28
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 23
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days @ 66F
Tasting Notes: Delicious! Smooth texture with a nice chocolate and subtle roast flavor.

While slightly complex in the grain department, this beer is rather simple to make and very, very tasty. At a recent even, I was told this was one of the "best brown ales" one of the folks had ever tried. For what it's worth, he also mentioned he might call it a Porter... I'm sticking with Dark Brown Ale. Cheers!

Grain Bill
5.75 lbs Pale Malt (NW Pale)
4.00 lbs Munich Malt Light (10L)
2.00 lbs White Wheat Malt
0.75 lbs CaraPils
0.63 lbs Crystal 60L
0.50 lbs Chocolate Malt (450L)
0.50 lbs Crystal 15 Malt

Hops Schedule
11 g Magnum (11.6%) - 60 min
18 g Willamette (5.5%) - 25 min
22 g Cascade (6.4%) - 5 min

Yeast
WLP001 California Ale Yeast (WLP090 would probably be better)

Mash 154F for 60 minutes
Boil for 60 minutes
Pitch yeast at 64F, let rise to 66F over 2 days, then let it free rise up to 72F to clean up for another 10 days; transfer to keg, set to 12 psi for 7-10 days.

It's great!

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A few months back I brewed this beer with some changes- WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast rather than WLP001 California Ale Yeast, and I used Fuggle in place of the Willamette hops. The beer was good, but I think it was slightly more dry than the original version, as I failed to account for the increased attenuation properties of the 090 over the 001. My verdict: stick with the original yeast, the Fuggle worked out fine.

I've currently got two 5 gallon batches of this fermenting, again with subtle changes. I replaced the Willamette addition with Northern Brewer (on hand) then pitched BRY-97 in one batch and WLP002 in the other, something I've been excited to try. Updates to come!

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The WLP002 batch of this beer is currently being served. It's okay at this point, though not exactly what I was hoping for. I think the Northern Brewer addition just didn't work all that great, next time I'll return to Willamette or Fuggles for the earthiness they impart. I've tried the BRY-97 batch- again, it tastes fine at this point, but not as good as the original.

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