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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2016, 02:29:18 pm »
25 IBU's , so on the lower end of the range


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Noti Brown comes out in the 45ish range.  IMO, American brown should have a firm bitterness.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2016, 02:51:36 pm »
25 IBU's , so on the lower end of the range


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Noti Brown comes out in the 45ish range.  IMO, American brown should have a firm bitterness.
Yeah, my usual recipe is in the mid 30's for IBU's, but I had 2 oz of Williamette left from last year's hops. Probably should've used 1.5 oz @ 60 min, but I'll see how it turns out.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2016, 04:18:23 pm »
25 IBU's , so on the lower end of the range


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Noti Brown comes out in the 45ish range.  IMO, American brown should have a firm bitterness.

Especially when you have some nice, rich layered malts in there.

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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2016, 04:36:32 pm »
DO IT!  A tip....the best versions of it use Chateau Choc. malt 350L.  I've used other chocolates and it's very good.  The Chateau makes it incredible.

Denny, where can that be purchased?
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2016, 08:52:11 pm »
DO IT!  A tip....the best versions of it use Chateau Choc. malt 350L.  I've used other chocolates and it's very good.  The Chateau makes it incredible.

Denny, where can that be purchased?
Google "Jaspers" in New Hampshire. Precious few places have it.

Here it is.
https://www.boomchugalug.com/product/castle-belgian-chocolate-malt/

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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2016, 09:55:23 am »
DO IT!  A tip....the best versions of it use Chateau Choc. malt 350L.  I've used other chocolates and it's very good.  The Chateau makes it incredible.

Denny, where can that be purchased?

Steve, I get it my LHBS.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2016, 10:46:25 am »
DO IT!  A tip....the best versions of it use Chateau Choc. malt 350L.  I've used other chocolates and it's very good.  The Chateau makes it incredible.

Denny, where can that be purchased?
Google "Jaspers" in New Hampshire. Precious few places have it.

Here it is.
https://www.boomchugalug.com/product/castle-belgian-chocolate-malt/

Ordered! Thanks for the link neddles, and the tip Denny!
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2016, 11:51:37 am »
Now I'm hot on making a Brown Ale.  What should the mash pH target be?  I've got Bru'n Water set to 5.40 and the Brown Malty profile right now.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2016, 11:54:55 am »
Now I'm hot on making a Brown Ale.  What should the mash pH target be?  I've got Bru'n Water set to 5.40 and the Brown Malty profile right now.

Personally, I would use 5.5 or even 5.6. I went with 5.5 last time and although good, I think 5.6 would have had smoother roasted character which is what I like.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2016, 11:55:00 am »
On my last one, I wanted to go upwards of 5.5 to smooth out the chocolate roast (though I know it's not a huge amount). Settled on 5.45 pH in Brunwater and it was terrific beer.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2016, 12:04:58 pm »
Interesting.  I'll bump the pH.

My favorite commercial Brown, Avery's Ellie's Brown Ale, uses London Ale yeast.  I'm thinking White Labs 013.  What do you guys use?
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2016, 12:19:57 pm »
Interesting.  I'll bump the pH.

My favorite commercial Brown, Avery's Ellie's Brown Ale, uses London Ale yeast.  I'm thinking White Labs 013.  What do you guys use?


1450 is fantastic in it. I'm sure Denny would agree.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2016, 12:51:52 pm »
Now I'm hot on making a Brown Ale.  What should the mash pH target be?  I've got Bru'n Water set to 5.40 and the Brown Malty profile right now.

Personally, I would use 5.5 or even 5.6. I went with 5.5 last time and although good, I think 5.6 would have had smoother roasted character which is what I like.

Agreed.  I like a mellow malt flavor offset by firm bitterness.
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #28 on: September 19, 2016, 12:52:35 pm »
Interesting.  I'll bump the pH.

My favorite commercial Brown, Avery's Ellie's Brown Ale, uses London Ale yeast.  I'm thinking White Labs 013.  What do you guys use?


1450 is fantastic in it. I'm sure Denny would agree.

It's the  obvious choice!
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Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2016, 01:30:39 pm »
I'm hoping to be making Oso-Oso Brown Ale (named after my recently lost choc lab brewdog) this weekend, if I can get my act together that is.  I was thinking about an amber, but thanks in part to this thread and it just  seems more appropriate that my first brew in my new location to be a tribute.

I love a good brown ale -American or English.  great fall drinker and for whatever reason it just always seems to me to be a beer for sitting around outside, having deep conversation about solving all the world's problems.

I hope to see a greater resurgence in them going forward. 

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