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Old 05-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hello all,

This is my first post in the beer section of the wonderful website, I have spend some time around in the wine makers section. Anyhow, my brother and I are thinking about trying to brew some beer and he wants to start with some kind of english brown ale.

For equipment we have some stuff I have used for wine making, mostly basic stuff. He has part/most of a mr beer kit that his roommate from college gave him. I am thinking that with most of information we can find out what else we will need.

Also, I am hoping someone could point me in the direction of a delicious and easy recipe to start with, we would prefer to make some english brown ale.

All and any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Chip

 
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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here is a link to the English Brown ale recipes. you'd probably want to go w/ an extract kit to keep it simple.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/

here is one that doesn't have a ton of ingrediants, and looks easy enough:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/skin...sh-mild-93576/

This one's pretty simple as well and seems to be quite popular.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/session-mild-e-51884/


 
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Another question that might be stupid, what is the difference between extract and all grain brewing recipes/styles?

 
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:51 PM   #4
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I wouldn't call either of those recipes an English Brown. Maybe the second one could come close, but it looks like it will probably have a very mild flavor profile with so little caramel. The Shamrock one was never taste tested by the original poster and DEFINITELY does not come close to a brown.

What process are you looking to use? If you go all grain, look for a recipe with a decent amount of caramel malts. I like to use a little 60L and 120L to get a layered taste. There's other specialty malts which will add complexity to a brown if you are not looking for a traditional flavor profile. Biscuit and Victory malts are common.

One of those recipes use amarillo hops. IMO, you definitely do not want to use American hops in an English ale, TOTALLY different characteristics and flavors. You would be making a Texas Brown, a different style. Stick with European hops, particularly English like E.K. Goldings or Fuggles (my personal favorite).
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Extract uses a malt extract to provide most of the fermentables, either dry or liquid. It is a more simple process, but many of the choices you get to make as an all grain brewer will be made by the malt producer. All-grain is more complicated and uses a complete grain bill, but you get to make all of the choices and create a more complex flavor profile for your beer.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:54 PM   #6
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This recipe isn't my own, but I did make it and it is awesome!
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/dark-brown-ale-102700/
simple too.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:58 PM   #7
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My English brown recipe is a beginner extract brew. It relies on some dark extract for carmelly flavor without many ingredients. It's a take-off of a Brewer's Best kit I did about 6 years ago. It's very similar to Newcastle. It makes 5 gallons, as do most of the recipes, so you can cut it in half or even thirds if you need to fit it in the Mr. Beer fermenter. (Don't cut the yeast, use a whole package).
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your help. I am excited to start my adventure into beer brewing.

 
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:03 PM   #9
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AHS has a Newcastle clone kit that is easy, delicious, and pretty inexpensive.
Here is the link:
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...a5fb60217453a2
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:05 PM   #10
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shows what I know.. LOL.. like the blind leading the blind..
I suggested extract because of the limited equipment comment.

thanks for steping in more experianced ones.

 
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