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Title: English brown ale
Post by: greatplainsbrewer on May 24, 2013, 08:47:23 PM
I have a friend ( no it isn't actually me :)) who brewed an older kit of brewers best English brown ale.  The beer tastes strongly of dried fruit and he's worried.  It isn't a particularly bad taste but I've never run across an English brown with really pronounced dried fruit tastes.  Any thoughts?

Thanks
Title: Re: English brown ale
Post by: Joe Sr. on May 24, 2013, 09:07:14 PM
Old LME?  Older LME will give you off flavors.  It also darkens as it ages.

IIRC, over pitching helps reduce the old flavors.
Title: Re: English brown ale
Post by: greatplainsbrewer on May 24, 2013, 09:20:48 PM
My understanding was that it was lme-I'm not actually familiar with the kit.  I thought old lme would be more of an oxidized flavor
Title: Re: English brown ale
Post by: tschmidlin on May 25, 2013, 02:04:01 AM
Oxidized flavors can be like dried fruit, depending on the malt bill.  But it could also be the recipe, dark crystal comes across as dried fruit too.
Title: Re: English brown ale
Post by: erockrph on May 25, 2013, 03:28:58 AM
But it could also be the recipe, dark crystal comes across as dried fruit too.

+1 - especially the darker English crystal malts. Personally, that plummy/toffee note is a flavor I really enjoy. I'm always sneaking some Extra Dark English Crystal into my malty English beers whenever I can (including my browns).