This was my first attempt at a homebrew in about two years. So, I thought I would go with a nice, easy to drink Northern English Style Brown Ale. All in all, this was a very good brew.
Athough initially a bit less malty and more bitter than I would have liked, as it aged the flavor mellowed a bit and developed a fruity character. This is a recipe that I plan to tweak a bit and brew again and again (after more tweaking, of course).
All in all, a very enjoyable beer with mild hops and great head retention.
February 5, 2005: The keg was emptied in just under a month...am I drinking too much beer??
Fermented in primary for 7 days.
Racked to keg after primary fermentation (because, truthfuly, I was impatient to get something into a keg) and force carbonated at 20 psi in refrigerator for 24 hours, occasionally agitating the keg to distribute the CO2. After force carbonation, brought down psi to around 10 for dispensing.
Initially, the beer was a more bitter than I care for, but as it aged (about 2 weeks – which should complete the secondary fermentation), it began to mellow a bit and the flavor started to develop more characteristics of a English brown.
At three weeks the beer was yet more mellow and clarity had been achieved. I’ll tweak the recipe to have more a more malty, nutty character the next time. I think I’ll increase the Crystal malt and possibly go with only Fuggles for bittering.
|Amount||Extract||% of Grist|
|6.00 pounds||Amber Liquid||76.4%|
|6.00 pounds||Total Extract Weight||76.4% of grist|
|1.50 pounds||American Crystal Malt 120L||19.1%|
|0.25 pounds||American Chocolate Malt||3.2%|
|0.10 pounds||American Roasted Barley||1.3%|
|1.85 pounds||Total Grain Weight||23.6%|
|1 tsp.||Gypsum||60 minutes|
|2.00 ounces||Kent Golding||60 min||6.2%|
|1.00 ounces||Fuggle||60 min||4.2%|
|1.00 ounces||Cascade||3 min||5.1%|
|4.00 ounces||Total Hop Weight|