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April 6, 2018
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Home Brewing: All Grain Brown Ale Beer Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Brown Ale HomebrewNut Brown Ale? Nope. English Brown Ale? Nope. All American, Super Duper Kick A$$ Brown Ale? Yep.

We're calling this one: "You Down With Brown?" And if you are, you're in for a treat because it turned out amazing. It's the best brown ale we've ever made and if you're into Brown Ales, you should definitely brew this beer.

Brown Ale Brew Day Video

(recipe details below video)

Brown Ale Recipe


Beginning water volume: 7.92 gallons (29.98 liters)

Chemistry adjusted to produce the following profile:

  • Calcium: 52 ppm
  • Chloride: 58 ppm
  • Sulfates: 83 ppm
  • Sodium: 14 ppm
  • Magnesium: 11 ppm
  • Bicarbonates: 25 ppm

Note: we also added half a campden tablet at the start of the brew day.


  • Pale Malt (2 row) - 9lbs. 12oz. (4kg 422.5g) (84.8%)
  • Crystal 60 Malt - 12.8oz. (363 grams) (7%)
  • Crystal 80 Malt - 8.0oz. (227 grams) (4.3%)
  • Chocolate Malt  - 4.08oz. (115.7 grams) (2.2%)
  • Black (Patent) Malt - 3.2oz (90.7 grams) (1.7%)

pouring grain into mill

We finely crushed all of our grain in a mill


We mashed at 152 Fahrenheit (66.7 Celsius) for 60 minutes

mashing in

Mashing in

Boil Hops, Etc.

.6oz. (17 grams) East Kent Goldings at 60 minutes

.8oz (22.7 grams) Willamette at 30 minutes

1 whirlfloc Tablet at 15 minutes

1oz. (28.3 grams) Willamette at 15 minutes

adding hops to hop silo

Adding hops to our silo


We cooled the wort to 67 Fahrenheit (19.4 Celsius) and added one package of Northwest Ale Yeast.

wort plate chiller

We use a plate chiller to chill our wort down to pitching temp

pitching yeast straight from the package

Pitching yeast straight from the package

Dry Hops

None to speak of for this beer.


  • Pre-boil gravity: 1.046
  • Post-boil gravity : 1.051
  • Volume into the fermenter - 5.5 gallons (20.8 liters)
  • Final Gravity 1.015
  • ABV - 4.7%
  • IBUs - 28

Tasting Notes / Rating

Home run, slam dunk, touchdown. This beer turned out great. 9 / 10, will definitely brew again.

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Love the videos / content!

    In the future, could you please post your recipe PDFs as well?
    (Specifically about your “Face Down Nut Brown”)
    That would be most helpful!

    Cheers and happy brewing

    Posted by Randon on February 28, 2022
  • Hey guys nice video

    Have a question!

    What happens with the 2nd fermentation for the co2 carbonation?

    Posted by Jose on April 13, 2020

    Posted by raymond on May 23, 2018

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