Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brown Ale

I wanted a beer to split and do some flavorings to.  I chose a brown ale so I could do a PB&J beer and a oatmeal cookie beer.  The grain bill incorporated a lot of crystal malt to provide a sweeter note and I boiled for 90 minutes to try to develop some more caramel flavors.

3.5 Gallons

6 lb Maris Otter
0.5 lb C20
0.5 lb C60
0.5 lb Flaked Oats
0.25 lb Chocolate
0.25 lb Munich

0.5 oz Chinook (60 min)

Mash at 152F for 60 minutes.  90 minute boil.  2 g CaCl, 1 g NaHCO3, 4 g CaSO4, 0.54 mL lactic acid in sparge.

OG: 1.059
FG: 1.017
IBU: 30
ABV: 5.7%

8/16/2014: Brewed.  Actual OG 1.053.

9/6/2014: Bottled 1 gallon straight.  Bottled 1 gallon with cinnamon and vanilla.  Racked on gallon onto ¾ c dried peanut butter and 8 oz frozen raspberries.
9/20/14: Base brown is solid.  A little fruity.  I need to pick up a typical example of the style and see how it compares.  1 gallon with cinnamon and vanilla "Cookie Monster" is nice.  Could be more forward with a higher quality vanilla and cinnamon as well.  Added an extra 1/4 c. of dried PB when bottling.  Tasting it and the taste is completely nailed.  This is Funky Buddha's "No Crusts".  If the base brown was a little bigger and smoother, it would be a perfect clone.

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