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Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:34:25 PM »
On the AHA wiki, Janet's Brown Ale calls for 27.5 lbs two-row for a 12-gallon batch:

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/JanetsBrownAle

In Brewing Classic Styles, Janet's Brown Ale calls for 12 lbs two-row for a batch that eventually, after boiling, trub loss, etc., yields 5 gallons (p.41).

Is the discrepancy accounted for by the difference between 12 vs. 10 gallons, where measurements are accounted for slightly differently? It's a pretty big spread.
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Re: Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 07:44:57 PM »
The 5 gallons in Brewing Classic Styles is in the keg/bottles.  All of Jamil's recipes are 6 gallons at the end of the boil, 5.5 gallons to the fermenter, and 5 gallons to the keg. This includes CYBI episodes.

Did you check the efficiency of both recipes?  Jamil generally uses 70% effeiciency.  That is my guess...

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Re: Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 08:18:41 PM »
Brewing Classic Styles: 70% efficiency (p. 40).

I just noticed another difference.

BCS: OG 1.066; FG 1.016, or 6.6% ABV.

AHA: OG 1.074; FG 1.018, or 7.4% ABV.

So the BCS version has more grain but less alcohol? Hrrrrm.
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Re: Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 08:28:25 PM »
Yeah, there are 2 different versions of Janet's, a regular version and an imperial.  The imperial is the on that won the specialty category at NHC.

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Re: Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013, 08:32:58 PM »
I would choose which of the 2 recipes you want to brew and go by grain percentages and calculate it based on your system and your efficiencies.  Never brewed it, but I hear it is a great recipe.  I prefer my own India Brown recipe.

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Re: Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 08:40:07 AM »
the aha one also has a # of sugar in it.  and 27.5 is more than the 24 if you double the BCS recipe (i think hoser is right - they're either 5.5gal or 6 gal recipes IIRC). 

I recently made this recipe (the 1.066 version) and its incredible.  I'd go with that one. 
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Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2013, 08:58:07 AM »
Thanks all. I just caught the lb of sugar. I will go with the 1.066 version this time around.
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