Beginner's Luck Brown Ale

Posted by Unknown | 12:01 AM | | 2 comments »

Photo by:mfjardo

This recipe can be found at
  • 4 lb malt extract syrup
  • 6 oz crystal malt
  • 1.5 oz black malt
  • 2 oz roasted barley
  • 1 oz flaked or rolled barley
  • 1 oz wheat malt
  • 2 oz Northern Brewer hops
  • 1 oz Goldings hops
  • 28 oz dark brown sugar
  • 2 oz lactose
  • ale yeast
Hops: these are two of the six or so types available here in the UK; I'm afraid I don't know what the US equivalents would be because I've been brewing only since my transplantation from the States in early '92. [If anyone knows a reasonable set of hops equivalencies, I`m all ears.] Northern Brewer is a very sharp hop that is a prime-requisite for British dark beers and stouts (and some pale ales); Goldings is a much "rounder" hop that is a prominent component of southern-English bitters. US brewers use yer best guesses, I guess. Procedure: I treat my water with 0.25 tsp salt per gallon to adjust pH; the water here (Bristol, in the SW) is fairly soft by UK standards but contains some dissolved CaCO3. I have had no difficulties whatever using tap water. I dissolve the malt extract and then boil the adjunct grains + hops in it for about an hour. I then strain a couple of kettlesful (kettlefuls?) of hot water into the primary through the spent grains and hops to rinse them. I dissolve the sugar in a couple of pints of warm water and add this to the wort, then top up with cold water to 5 gallons. When the wort is cool, I then measure OG (usually about 1035 to 1039), then add the lactose and pitch the (top-fermenting) yeast. The lactose gives just a hint of residual sweetness in the final brew; if that's not to your taste, omit it. This brew ferments to quarter-gravity stage in about 3 days when temperatures are about 20C (70F) and in about 5 days when temps are about 10C (mid-40s F). Final gravity is usually about 1005, resulting in ABV's of 4.5 to 5%. I prime my secondary fermentation vessel with about 1 tsp of dark brown sugar, and usually let it sit in the secondary 7 to 10 days, adding finings after the first 48 hours or so. I have not tried dry-hopping this recipe. I prime my bottles with 1/2 tsp of brewer's glucose; maturation is sufficiently complete in about 10 days, but obviously the longer the better.

Have New Posts From Beer Recipes Delivered To Your Email

Pairing Beer With Food Series

Photo by:ExperienceLA

This simple recipe can be found on page 36 of Great Food, Great Beer.  They recommend a dry stout with the recipe and you might want to make this oatmeal stout to go with it.

1/4 cup champange vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish sauce

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1/2 teaspoon sugar

salt and pepper

1 dozen oysters on the half shell.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, lemon juice, horseradish, shallots and sugar, whisking until blended.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve as topping for the oysters.

Have New Posts From Beer Recipes Delivered To Your Email