Monday, March 14, 2011

Brew Day: American Brown Ale

Another day, another brew session. Though this time I am taking a temporary break from special bitters and the traditional English stuff by brewing something I haven't made in a while - an American Brown. I used to brew a lot of brown ales when I first started homebrewing, as they are flavorful and relatively easy to brew, though like most beginners I quickly got bored and moved on to bigger and more aggressive styles. Why drink brown ale when there is IPA, IIPA, and 10% ABV Belgians!? I say that in jest, though it is the truth for most craft beer nerds these days. It is near impossible to find a well made, flavorful brown ale on tap and most people don't seem to care that such a thing is so hard to find. This recipe is pretty standard, just an honest easy drinking pint. I'm using US Golding hops, as the ones I got are particularly citrusy and should add a nice subtle American flavor to the beer.

A view through the refractometer... trippy!
Point Q : American Brown Ale

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 4.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 8.60
Anticipated OG: 1.054
Anticipated FG: 1.012
Anticipated SRM: 21.0
Anticipated IBU: 30.0
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

75.6% - 6.5 lbs. Pale Ale Malt
11.6% - 1.0 lbs. Munich Malt
8.70% - 0.75 lbs. Crystal 40L
4.10% - 0.35 lbs. Chocolate Malt  

1.25 oz. US Goldings @ 60 min for 25 IBU
0.50 oz. Fuggles @ 10 min for 5 IBU
1.00 oz. US Goldings @ flameout
Yeast: Wyeast Labs 1318, London Ale III (slurry)

Mash 154F for 75 min.

Brewed 14 March


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