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Old 08-22-2008, 04:08 PM   #1
Jul 2008
Boonville IN
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Hey y'all. I got another extract question for you. Did my first batch ever last weekend, figure I'll do my second this weekend. I've decided on a brown ale, hoping to get close to a Newcastle kind of thing. Found my LHBS has a better choice of specialty grains and hops than I first though so Iím going to give it a shot. What I'd like to know is, firstly, I've found a couple recipes out there but does anybody have a brown ale extract recipe they would recommend, and secondly, I have pretty hard water (well water) where I live, so we have a water softener. Both the soft and the hard taste pretty good to drink but I wonder which I should use for my beer, or maybe a combination of both? Any suggestions ?


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Old 08-22-2008, 04:16 PM   #2
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For extract brewing, water chemistry doesn't matter much. If your water softener uses salt, I'd stick with the unsoftened.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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More Beer's brown ale kit is pretty darn good as it is, I'd opt for a mini mash and add bit of carapils to help the body and head a bit. I used to brew loads of that kit before I started making my own recipes.
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