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April 6, 2018

Home Brewing: All Grain Brown Ale Beer Recipe

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

Water

Beginning water volume: 7.92 gallons

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.

Malts

  • Pale Malt (2 row) - 9lbs. 12oz. (84.8%)
  • Crystal 60 Malt - 12.8oz. (7%)
  • Crystal 80 Malt - 8.0oz. (4.3%)
  • Chocolate Malt  - 4.08oz. (2.2%)
  • Black (Patent) Malt - 3.2oz (1.7%)

Mashing

We mashed at 152 Fahrenheit for 60 minutes

Boil Hops, Etc.

.6oz. East Kent Goldings at 60 minutes

.8oz Willamette at 30 minutes

1 whirlfloc Tablet at 15 minutes

1oz. Willamette at 15 minutes

Fermentation

We cooled thw wort to 67 Fahrenheit and added one package of Northwest Ale Yeast.

Dry Hops

None to speak of for this beer.

Benchmarks

  • Pre-boil gravity: 1.046
  • Post-boil gravity : 1.051
  • Volume into the fermenter - 5.5 gallons
  • 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.

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