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Brew Day 7.9.12 Janet’s Brown Clone Hoppy Amber

July 9, 2012 Leave a comment

first brew in months

Going for a hoppy but balanced brown ale. Came across the Janet’ Brown recipe that seemed about what I was thinking. Inspired by Lagunita’s WTF.

Getting started at 4:30. I’m going to drain in a cooler. I just can’t be bothered. I’ll run a little secondary batch sparge, put @ 1.5 additional gallons through the cooler.

4:50 – start filtering water into bucket

strike 170 f water, 7 gallons to 158 f 14.5 lbs of grain on a hot day

mash between 158 and 150 for 1 hour

mash out 5 min at 170 f

added 2 oz northern brewers hops 15 minutes prior to pulling the bag, same time as adding flame to get to mash out temp. It took @ 10 min to get to 170 f, so let that sit for 15 to get a 15 minute first wort mash, then pulled bag and added flame to get to boil.

start boil @ 7 pm

boiled over bad, lost maybe .5 to .8 gallons, around 10% of wort

boiled 55 minutes

cut flame and let sit for 5 minutes.

started cool down 60 minutes, 8 pm,

cool to touch at 8:30

yielded 5.5 gallons at 1.052

Just realized I forgot to get Chocolate Malt. No where near dark or roasty.

Let’s call it a Hoppy American Amber.


Cranberry Brown

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment
boiling 7 gallons, 5 gallon yield
12 lbs. American 2-row pale malt
1.25 lbs. American Caramel malt
0.25 lbs. American Chocolate Malt
1 oz. Tatenger (Pellets, 6 %AA) boiled 60 min.
1 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.5 %AA) boiled 15 min.
Yeast : White Labs WLP001 California Ale info
2 pounds fresh cranberries added with 15 minutes boil left, allow cranberries to burst then strain out. Any sugar from cranberries not included in calculations.
I may add more cranberries to secondary, depending on how it is coming.
update: Original gravity @1.066, after 6 days in primary gravity is 1.022. Red-ish brown, sweet and a bitter note from the cranberries. Cranberry flavor is present but subtle, I could add more without overwhelming it, but think I’ll see how it turns out as is. ABV ¬†6%. I let this get too hot and messed up the attenuation, its a bit on the sweet side.

update final gravity is 1.020. Tartness from the cranberries coming through more,¬†sweet and tart, but not balanced. Not bad but the tart and sweet seem to fight each other, not compliment or balance. More cranberry flavor and finish and less cranberry aroma. Next time I’ll add less cranberry on boil and make up the difference by racking secondary onto crushed cranberries. Color is hazy brown red, would like more red and less brown.

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