Decembeer 2019 Beer Exchange - Dec 10th. American Brown Ale

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Decembeer 2019 Beer Exchange - Dec 10th. American Brown Ale

Post by John G » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:40 pm

American Brown Ale

Original Gravity: 1.066
Final Gravity: 1.019

Fermentables (6.46 kg total)

4.853 kg - Pale Malt (2 Row) US 2 SRM (75.1%)
500 g - Cara-Pils/Dextrine 2 SRM (7.7%)
500 g - Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40 SRM (7.7%)
405 g - Viking Wheat Malt 3 SRM (6.3%)
203 g - Chocolate Malt 350 SRM (3.1%)

Hops

36g Northern Brewer 6.5% : 60 mins
28g Northern Brewer 6.5% : 15 mins
43g Cascade 6% : 10 mins
43g Cascade 6% : 0 mins
57g Centennial 9% : dry hop

Yeast: US-05
Mash @ 68C 60 mins
Ferment @ 19C

Keg carbonated at 12psi, 4 deg C.

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Post by oceanic_brew » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:41 pm

Funny I was just listening to BeerSmith podcast where they were talking about beers like this. Perfect timing. Really well balanced beer. I can taste everything in the recipe. Very surprised to see such a high FG even for that yeast.

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Post by PMackie » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:15 am

Had this last night. Hops came through more than I was expecting for a Brown but quite enjoyable. Thanks for the beer.
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Post by LiverDance » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:40 pm

Great beer. Nice balance of malt and hops. I get a nice berry like flavour from the hops. Tasty!


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"Twenty years ago — a time, by the way, that hops such as Simcoe and Citra were already being developed, but weren’t about to find immediate popularity — there wasn’t a brewer on earth who would have gone to the annual Hop Growers of American convention and said, “I’m going to have a beer that we make 4,000 barrels of, one time a year. It flies off the shelf at damn near $20 a six-pack, and you know what it smells like? It smells like your cat ate your weed and then pissed in the Christmas tree.” - Bell’s Brewery Director of Operations John Mallet on the scent of their popular Hopslam.

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Post by Halifax_Jeff » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:16 pm

Enjoyed this one last night. Really easy drinking. Thanks!

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Post by John G » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:18 pm

When home brewing was growing in the 90s and early 2000s we would make stuff that was just not available commercially (in the early 90's that was practically anything, haha). All grain brewers back then were often a little heavy handed with the crystal malts and hops, I think just to show that there was more to home brewing than thin-bodied kit and kilo. This recipe is not to style for a brown ale, but is more of an old school home brew version. It's more of a brown or black IPA style that just did not exist back then. Glad you enjoyed!

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Post by Buccaneer » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:17 pm

This beer was really fantastic. I was surprised to see that it's supposed to be an American brown, since it seemed more like a cascadian IPA. Delicious regardless.

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Post by PMackie » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:49 pm

I see why I am getting more hops than malts based on other comments. Like everyone said this is a good beer, just not what I expected haha


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Post by GCR » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:49 pm

What a gorgeous head! This was delicious - reminded me a little of a Hill Farmstead James clone I made earlier this year in which I had used similar hops. For a brown ale, not a whole lot of light escaping its grasp... but I'm ok with that. Thanks!Image

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Post by mumblecrunch » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:55 pm


I love ahold brown ale and this is a good brown ale. Plenty hoppy, but not at the expense of malt presence. I’m also with LD in getting a bit of berry character. Lovely head, carbonation, and mouthfeel as well. Super interesting to hear the genesis of this recipe as well. Thanks!


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Post by CartoonCod » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:46 pm

Well made beer, lots of carbonation, fluffy head that sticks around, lots of piney/resinous hops, a solid chocolaty/biscuity malt backbone, perfect bitterness balance. Thanks I really enjoyed it!

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Post by mdentremont » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:16 pm

This reminded me of delicious black IPA I had in California about 5 years ago. After trying that beer, I kept trying other Black IPAs but they just didn't taste the same.

Super tasty, love the caramel sweetness, and the pronounced bitterness that balances it out nicely

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Post by darciandjenn » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:58 am

We had this beer on Friday - really liked the malt / hop interplay. Sort of reminded me of a Brown IPA the tata did a while back (Tweed Wolf might be the name..) anyway, a very tasty brew!

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Post by jmacdonald » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:50 pm

Great beer. Nice balance of malt and hops. Definitely getting a black IPA vibe. Enjoyed it a lot.
Thanks!

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Post by amartin » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:08 pm

Just drinking this now (I’m only six days behind now!). I’m really liking this. I’m a big fan of C hops, and the northern brewer was a nice touch as well. Really I’m just glad to drink something that tastes like 20 years ago.


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