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Old 11-05-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a good Brown Ale recipe. I'm more partial to American Style, but a good English variety would be ok. I'm thinking about doing up a brown for the Fall and winter season, and also might be considering adding a holiday spice or two.


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Old 11-05-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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The one in my drop-down is one of my favorite beers to brew. It's more on the hop side than the malt, but since you say your partial to the American style that should work. I'm not so sure how well the spices would blend with the hops though, if you really wanna do that you might wanna look for a more malt focused recipe.



 
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:31 PM   #3
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Pullman Brown
Author: CYBI



Size: 6.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 231.52 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.069 (1.026 - 1.120)
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Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (0.995 - 1.035)
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Color: 24.64 (1.0 - 50.0)
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Alcohol: 6.84% (2.5% - 14.5%)
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Bitterness: 24.6 (0.0 - 100.0)
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Ingredients:
4.0 lb American 2-row
5.0 lb Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
2.0 lb Golden Naked Oats
.75 lb Brown Malt
.75 lb Crystal Malt 40L
.75 lb Munich Malt
.75 lb Wheat Malt
.75 lb Chocolate Malt
.75 lb Honey Malt
10.0 oz Black Strap Molasses - added during boil
14.0 g Northern Brewer (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 75 min
14.0 g Northern Brewer (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
14.0 g Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
14.0 g Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
1.0 ea WYeast 1318 London Ale III

Notes

Mash @ 150F
Boil Time - 90min.
Ferment @ 68F for 3 days - ramp up to 72F

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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Janet's Brown Ale (Mike McDole's recipe).

I have won 2 blue ribbons with this beer. It is a great beer.

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Recipe: Janet's Brown Ale
Style: 10C-American Ale-American Brown Ale

Recipe Overview
 
Wort Volume Before Boil: 28.00 qts
Wort Volume After Boil: 24.00 qts
Volume Transferred: 24.00 qts
Water Added: 0.00 qts
Volume At Pitching: 22.00 qts
Final Batch Volume: 20.00 qts
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.058 SG
Expected OG: 1.068 SG
Expected FG: 1.015 SG
Expected ABV: 7.1 %
Expected ABW: 5.5 %
Expected IBU (using Rager): 48.0
Expected Color: 19.3 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 76.5 %
Mash Efficiency: 70.0 %
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 67 degF

Fermentables
US 2-Row Malt 12lb 0oz (75.0 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Carapils Malt 1lb 4oz (7.8 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Caramel 40L Malt 1lb 4oz (7.8 %) In Mash/Steeped
US White Wheat Malt 1lb 0oz (6.3 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Chocolate Malt 8.00 oz (3.1 %) In Mash/Steeped

Hops
German Northern Brewer (6.5 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used Mash Hop
German Northern Brewer (6.5 % alpha) 1.25 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 60 Min From End
German Northern Brewer (6.5 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
US Cascade (6.0 % alpha) 1.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 10 Min From End
US Cascade (6.0 % alpha) 1.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off
US Centennial (9.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped

Other Ingredients

Yeast: White Labs WLP001-California Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (68C/154F)
Step: Rest at 154 degF for 60 mins

 
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While I am a fan of the hop, I think I might focus more on the malty side. Maybe the best would be balanced though. Janet's Brown Ale is one that I have heard of. Can't go wrong with an award winner! (Unless I brew it, then anything can happen...)

But I don't have German Brewer hops. I would probably sub with one of the many hops varieties I do have. I got Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, EKG, and something else I can't remember... I'll take inventory when I get home.
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My favorite Brown is Doryman Dark from Pelican, but I've never seen a recipe for it.

This is good.

Old Brown Dog

8 oz C90L
8 oz Victory
4 oz Chocolate malt
8 oz brown malt
2.5 lb 2-row
155F 45 min.

5lb Pale Extract

1.5 oz Willamette @ 60
no other hop additions.

TG 1.052

English Ale yest or Nottingham
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Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
While I am a fan of the hop, I think I might focus more on the malty side. Maybe the best would be balanced though. Janet's Brown Ale is one that I have heard of. Can't go wrong with an award winner! (Unless I brew it, then anything can happen...)

But I don't have German Brewer hops. I would probably sub with one of the many hops varieties I do have. I got Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, EKG, and something else I can't remember... I'll take inventory when I get home.
You will be surprised how balanced the Janet's brown is. It has a lot of hops, but is not like you are drinking a brown IPA.

 
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I think that's the one I'm going with.

I went out to eat last night and had a leiney fireside nut brown. Not a bad beer, but had virtually NO brown ale flavor IMO. Tasted more like an amber to me. Washed the food down nicely, but certainly not a beer to try to reproduce as a brown.

I have everything, just need to build the starter up again and pick a day when I can do it. Probably Wednesday. Tuesdays are my busy taking girls to dance day.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:26 PM   #9
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if you want a good christmas brown, search on here for 'Holiday Brown Bear'. my brew is almost finished fermenting and it is absolutely delicious in the sample!

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:44 PM   #10
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Janet's Brown Ale is the only beer I have ever rebrewed - I am up to 3 times now. It is fantastic.

Mike McDole puts out some killer recipes. I just brewed his APA this past weekend.



 
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