Ok. Here’s another attempt at a Northern English Brown Ale - this time within style guidelines. The other two, well, just weren’t up to snuff - either too dark, too bitter or simply too non-Brown Aley.
This one is definately lighter in color and less bitter than previous attempts. Intended to be true to style, its bitterness is on the low end, as is my preference, and incorporates some honey malt for sweetness.
This will be my last extract brew. I’m stepping up to all-grain with the next batch.
Color is a middle-of-the-road brown, as intended. Racked to primary and took OG reading (July 23, 2006).
Racked to secondary and took a gravity reading (July 30, 2006).
Racked to keg and began the process of aging (August 7, 2006). Beer has clarified a bit and the taste is surprisingly balanced at this early stage.
Force carbonated and took a little taster while my Oktoberfest was brewing. Not bad at all. Balanced and malty. Not too sweet. Enjoyable even at the early stages of aging (August 13, 2006).
At three weeks after secondary fermentation the beer has cleared up and is very drinkable. Very much akin to Newcastle. Subtle sweetness with a creamy head and pleasant aroma. Great draft pint (August 31, 2006).
|Amount||Extract||% of Grist|
|6.00 pounds||Liquid Light||72.7%|
|6.00 pounds||Total Extract Weight||72.7% of grist|
|0.50 pounds||Gambrinus Honey Malt||6.1%|
|1.50 pounds||American Crystal Malt 40L||18.2%|
|0.25 pounds||British Chocolate Malt||3%|
|2.25 pounds||Total Grain Weight||27.3%|
|1 tsp.||Gypsum||60 minutes|
|0.75 ounces||Northern Brewer||60 min||8.2%|
|1.00 ounces||Fuggle||30 min||4.2%|
|1.75 ounces||Total Hop Weight|