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Old 12-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default American Brown Ale Review- suggestions

This week I brewed my first all-grain recipe, converted a 3 gallon cooler into a mash tun so I decided with a 3 gallon recipe,

Batch Size: 3-Gal
Boil Size: 4-Gal
Efficiency: 70 %
Mash Temp: 154F
Mash Time: 60min.
Mash Thickness: 1.25qt./lb.
Batch Specs
OG: (1.045 - 1.06) Hit 1.054
FG: (1.01 - 1.016)
SRM: (18 - 35)
IBU: (20 - 40) 51 - I think was calculated
ABW: 6.7 %
ABV: (4.3 - 6.2 %)
Mash Water Vol: 9 qts.
Sparge Water Vol: 12 qts.
Sparge Water Temp: 167 F

Ingredients

Mash
5 lbs 2-Row Pale Malt
.5 lbs ozs Cara-Pils/Dextrin
.5lbs Crystal Malt 40L
.5lbs Wheat Malt
4 ozs Chocolate Malt

Boil: 60min

Hops:
.5 oz Northern Brewer minutes @60 min
.5 oz Northern Brewer minutes @15
.5 oz Cascade minutes @5min
.5 oz Cascade minutes Dry Hop @ flame out




Surprisingly hit my targets, I was hopping for an OG of 1.055 and hit 1.054



My question how does this recipe look and do you think the IBU's are too high?


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Old 12-17-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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The grain bill is eerily similar to Janet's Brown Ale. So is the hopping schedule. JBA is one of my all-time favorites so I imagine it will be quite tasty!

It should be like a mild JBA, so more true to BJCP style guidelines. I imagine the IBU's are bang on. I'd seriously consider 1oz of Cascade for dry hop.


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I considered that, and i used brewershub to put it together (it was there default recipe for the brown ale), they added the cascade as a dry hop..... you have me reconsidering adding it but 51 IBU's is kind of where im comfortable drinking at, harpoon brewery put a rye ale which hit 70 something so who knows maybe i will, thanks for the advice!
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no prob.

keep in mind, dry hopping doesn't add any IBU's - only flavor and mostly aromatics. really sets a beer off. the IBU's are strictly the bitterness of the beer. Anyhow - im sure it will be great - i know I'd like to drink one!

Im actually considering a recipe almost identical to that for next years state fair. I think it would fair really well in the Brown Ale category.
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