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Old 01-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #11
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So the brew is kegged ending fermentation at 1.012 - It has went from nutty to roasty. I can smell the nutty but on the back end you get roasty is this normal? I didn't think that .25lbs of chocolate malt would add that much roast. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #12
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I just went through the same deal. Four ounces of Choc. is a lot in a 5 gallon batch. I'm going to cut it back to 2 next time. I also used Tettnang, along with Simcoe. I thought the Tett got a little lost in the choc., and it was pale chocolate. The Simcoe did a little better, but it is definitely a malt balanced beer - like you said, very roasty. I was shooting for something between a standard brown and something hoppier, like Stone Arrogant Bastard. Next time, I'm going to dial back the chocolate, up the bitterness, and maybe try a hop that's got a little more ass, like Northern Brewer or Cluster. Not 100 % my cup of tea, but it's smooth with no off flavors - I think my brown ale drinking friends will like it.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #13
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You might try omitting the chocolate all together and toasting your own pilsner malt (about a pound) to make brown malt. Pretty hard to find brown malt anywhere but your own kitchen

 
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #14
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I just went through the same deal. Four ounces of Choc. is a lot in a 5 gallon batch.
im surprised you both got that much roast. if you look thru the database 4oz is fairly standard in an english brown. maybe try the pale chocolate next time, but i definitely wouldnt say 4oz is alot for a brown. hopefully it mellows out a bit more for you, but in my experience dropping to 2oz isn't gunna give you much more than color.

 
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:17 PM   #15
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im surprised you both got that much roast. if you look thru the database 4oz is fairly standard in an english brown. maybe try the pale chocolate next time, but i definitely wouldnt say 4oz is alot for a brown. hopefully it mellows out a bit more for you, but in my experience dropping to 2oz isn't gunna give you much more than color.
You know what? I've killed a few pints of it, and I'm re-thinking. I think I do like the Choc. where it is. I may up the Victory in the next batch, and I'm definitely going to play with the hops, but I'm going to stay with 4 oz of Chocolate(actually, I'm going to scale it up and make a bigger batch - same proportions). It doesnt hurt that I've gotten a couple of apparently sincere compliments on it.

 
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:35 PM   #16
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My Brown had 4.5% Chocolate malt. I really like Simpson Chocolate malt. My next batch with changes will be 4.5% Victory and 2.5% Chocolate. Needed a bit less roast and a bit more nut. A good Brown ale is a must here. I'll say it again, I think WY1450 makes an awesome Brown.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:33 PM   #17
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I'm happy to see I'm not the only one about the roast. I get great reviews from fellow drinkers so I'm happy in the end. Just wish it will be more nutty. Next time, I'll try 4lbs of victory next time.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:26 PM   #18
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Lil' Sparkys Nut Brown is good.
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