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Basic British Brown Ale

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This is the second in a series of recipes taken from The Homebrewer's Recipe Guide.

"This is a basic brown in the tradtional style of northern England. It relies on a blend of malts to achieve its characteristic toasty flavor. Low hop bitterness and fruity yeast are also essential."


3 1/3 pounds amber malt extract

3 1/3 pounds dark malt extract

1 pound cara-pils malt

1 pound crystal malt (80L)

2 ounces chocolate malt

1 1/2 ounces Kent Golding hops (bittering)

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 ounce Fuggle hops (flavoring)

1/2 ounce Kent Golding hops (aroma)

1 teaspoon gypsum

1 package British ale yeast

1 cup light or dark brown sugar for priming


Place crystal malt, cara-pils malt, amber malt and chocolate malt in water and step at 155 degrees for 1/2 hour.

Add gypsum and bring water to a boil and remove spent grains.

Add malt extracts, 1 1/2 ounces Kent Golding hops, and brown sugar.

Boil for 1 hour adding the Fuggles hops after 30 minutes and 1/2 ounce Kent Goldings for the last 5 minutes.

Cool Wort and pitch the yeast

Ferment for 7 to 10 days.

Bottle using 1 cup brown sugar.

Age in bottle for 7 days.

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