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Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 14:57
by john luc
How much yeast did you pitch

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 00:07
by RokDok
800 ml of starter made with 140 g of malt extract for a 60 l batch. Used a pack of Mangrove Jack brown ale yeast which itself should do for 25 litres, so should really have been ample for 60 l.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 00:41
by Kyle_T
If you fancy a swap Dok when it's ready I'd be happy to send a beer your way.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:48
by RokDok
Definitely Kyle, I'll be bottling today or tomorrow and will post a pic.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 01:46
by Lanky94
RokDok wrote:It's stayed at 1080 for the last 5 days or so, I've given it a good stir and increased the temp gradually to 22 degrees, so I'm pretty sure this is the final AG rather than the mash being stuck- may well be due to a combination of a high mash temperature with lots of dextrins and the low attenuation of the yeast. It tastes really nice and malty, will be bottling it this weekend. Thanks Kyle- how's yours doing Lanky ?



Sorry for the late reply all.

Initial impressions are very good. I had a nice starter of WLP0004 (Irish Ale) left over so I pitched that. I followed Kyles recipe verbatim. Fermentation temp was 19 deg C.

OG 1.046
FG 1.020
FG 4.76 %

Initial tastes are very satisfying. Its been sat on the yeast for 11 days now (I give mine 2 weeks before barreling).

Needs a week or 2 in the barrel, but I cant wait for this.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 20:52
by RokDok
Lanky94 wrote:
RokDok wrote:It's stayed at 1080 for the last 5 days or so, I've given it a good stir and increased the temp gradually to 22 degrees, so I'm pretty sure this is the final AG rather than the mash being stuck- may well be due to a combination of a high mash temperature with lots of dextrins and the low attenuation of the yeast. It tastes really nice and malty, will be bottling it this weekend. Thanks Kyle- how's yours doing Lanky ?



Sorry for the late reply all.

Initial impressions are very good. I had a nice starter of WLP0004 (Irish Ale) left over so I pitched that. I followed Kyles recipe verbatim. Fermentation temp was 19 deg C.

OG 1.046
FG 1.020
FG 4.76 %




Initial tastes are very satisfying. Its been sat on the yeast for 11 days now (I give mine 2 weeks before barreling).

Needs a week or 2 in the barrel, but I cant wait for this.


Finally bottled today! 13 days after pitching. Masses of trub form the bottom of the conical - must have been 5 litres or more of thick lovely smelling stuff which I'm hoping my wife will make some bread with. Initial taste- decent amount of malt flavour, quite sweet- the finish is quite bitter though not unpleasantly so - a while in bottle will round this off nicely I'm sure. Got about 50 + litres in total. Also bottled and polypinned a couple of bitters circa 200 bottles in all- I'm knackered.
( We have a bunch of Australians over for Xmas )

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 01:52
by Lanky94
That's a lot of work...................have a well earned beer!
I reckon a week or 2 in the bottle to do its thing and it will be bootiful!

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 21:06
by RokDok
It's in the sitting room........I think the bottles are looking at me........

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 03:31
by Lanky94
Barrel mine tonight in 2 sanke kegs. I'll force carb at 30 psi for 2 mins and let them sit for a week at 12 deg c. I find this gives them that 'cask ale' carbonation and slight 'prickle' on the tongue. Served with a hand pump and a breather.

I am no professional taster, but I do know nice beer. I get nice coffee and choc with a good bit of malt. Nice sweetness balanced by the hops.

Thanks Kyle. i'll be doing this again.

The irish ale yeast sinks like a stone and compacts well.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 01:24
by Lanky94
This beer is hoofin! Deffo one of my favourites so far. It will be brewed again and again with no adjustment to the recipe. Its been over 3 weeks in the keg and is super smooth!

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 09:17
by jkp
Lanky94 wrote:I am no professional taster, but I do know nice beer. I get nice coffee and choc with a good bit of malt. Nice sweetness balanced by the hops.


Is there much of a caramel or toffee note to it?

I'm thinking about brewing a Salted Caramel (Brown) Porter, and this recipe might be a good starting point.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:13
by Bad 'Ed
RokDok wrote:
Kyle_T wrote:1080!? How big a beer did you make? :lol:

O Gawd- shouldn't have drunk the contents of the hydrometer sample tube - sorry it's 1018


1018 still seems unexpectedly high. Did it attenuate further? Did you end up mashing at 68?

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 23:23
by RokDok
Bad 'Ed - no it didn't attenuate further- just stayed at that for several days despite raising the temperature to 20 degs C. I think I mashed at 68, can't quite remember now. I primed with only 1g of sugar per litre, after 2 weeks in the warm it's got a nice head. I haven't tasted it for 10 days or so as I never drink in January ( been doing this for 20 yrs now). I'll open another bottle in February and report. Kyle : there's one on the way to you.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 16:33
by Kyle_T
Bottle arrived today :cheers: in the fridge and will pop it tomorrow for a taste.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 02:26
by Lanky94
I am doing another ten of this brew. it is one of my favourites

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 09:15
by Kyle_T
Any chance of a small review on the first lot?

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 21:45
by Kyle_T
Well, had this beer a little while back, came down pretty lively and the sediment lifted when I opened the bottle but 3/4 was lovely and clear, dark brown and dark red when held up to the light, took a while for the aroma to come through the CO2 but it was a soft, lightly roasted but all malt affair.

Flavour was predominantly caramel and chocolate, a bitterness lingered on the front of the tongue and the roast formed the aftertaste, if I were to rebrew this I'd up the roast and lower the chocolate/caramel mix slightly, possibly decrease the bitterness, but overall a very nice beer.

Thanks for sending.

Re: Brown Ale Recipe / Guide Please

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 17:33
by RokDok
Kyle, Thanks for that.
I agree it is a bit over carbonated - I added the tiniest amount of priming sugar in view of the FG- which just would not go below 1018.
I think it's best left for 5 minutes or so to allow some of the C02 to escape.
I agree with the bitterness too - but this will reduce as time goes on, so it'll hopefully become a bit more rounded.
Thanks for the recipe.
Best,
Paul