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brown ale
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:28:50 PM »
Thinking about a good brown ale for the fall. I have never brewed one.

72.7% two row pale
6.8% crystal 40
6.8% flaked oats (toasted)
4.5% brown malt
4.5% munich 20
4.5% chocolate

Not sure about hops. Probably bitter with Magnum and throw some Willamette in at 10 minutes left

S04 yeast

Any thoughts?
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 04:10:10 PM »
Looks pretty good.  I have a batch of my favorite brown ale recipe fermenting now...http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/NotiBrownAle
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 04:21:00 PM »
Thanks Denny.  I was looking at the Noti last week actually. I may do something more similar to that but with a lower OG and IBUs

I feel like I have more malt types than I need but I also like what each one would bring. The flaked oats may not be needed but I think they could be tasty if I toast them in the oven. Any tips on how long and at what temp?

Maybe I will get rid of the brown malt and up the amount of crystal to around 10%.
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 05:50:22 PM »
Know what's a really good hop in a brown ale?

Horizon.

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Re: brown ale
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 06:03:43 PM »
Good to know. I have been wanting to try that one.
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2014, 06:23:07 PM »
Know what's a really good hop in a brown ale?

Horizon.

I consider Horizon and Magnum interchangeable.  Have you ever used Horizon for anything but bittering?
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2014, 04:28:24 AM »
For hops, you can't go wrong with EKG. My go-to late hops for English beer have become EKG and Challenger. I get anise, marmalade and tobacco from the Goldings and a nice white chocolate note from Challenger.
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 03:08:12 PM »
I like to use Willamette, Fuggles, and East Kent Goldings in my brown ale ala Big Sky Moose Drool.  Now you have me wanting to brew that up.  The weather is cooling down here, time to change beer styles.

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Re: brown ale
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2014, 03:27:29 PM »
I am going to use hops that I have which is very limited. The best options that I have available for this style would be magnum, willamette, and northern brewer. Gonna stay away from the likes of cascade, amarillo, centennial, etc...
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2014, 09:23:54 PM »
Yes, I brewed an American brown with only Horizon used for the standard three additions.  Came out really good, guests killed a keg of it at a Christmas party.

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Re: brown ale
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2014, 01:28:53 AM »
Know what's a really good hop in a brown ale?

Horizon.

I consider Horizon and Magnum interchangeable.  Have you ever used Horizon for anything but bittering?
I have and it's a pretty bland hop I'd say.
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2014, 03:08:49 PM »
I have and it's a pretty bland hop I'd say.

Then it's not just me....
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2014, 07:26:30 PM »
I looked up my notes, and this is what I brewed....in 2007!

OG 1.058, FG 1.016, 5 gallons

8 lbs. Maris Otter
2 lbs. Crystal 80
1 lb. brown sugar
1/4 lb. chocolate malt

Mash at 154°F for 90 min

1 oz. Horizon 60 min
1 oz. Horizon 20 min
1 oz. Horizon 10 min
1 oz. Horizon 0 min

WY1028 London ale

Tasting notes: Nice malt sweetness balanced by a spicy, noble hop flavor from the Horizon hops. Almost like Hallertauer.

So, we all have different taste in hops.  FWIW, I hate Galena. People think it is bland, but I get an unpleasant flavor out of them.

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Re: brown ale
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2014, 09:40:02 PM »
I have and it's a pretty bland hop I'd say.

Then it's not just me....
I was disappointed. I read the descriptions on a bunch of sites thinking it'd be great, but nope... Pretty much good for bittering.
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Re: brown ale
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2014, 10:06:58 PM »
Yeah, there's just no substitute for experimenting with hops. People can perceive hops differently (Horizon for example, Simcoe, etc.), and then there's seasonal and grower/harvest differences in varieties. I've lost count of the hops I've bought over the years that only loosely fit the written description (if at all), some of them good anyway and some just plain disappointing.
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