American Brown Ale
Brown and Hoppy
The American brown style is an American interpretation of the Northern/Southern English Brown styles marked by the carmelly smoothness of these styles with the added kick of higher amounts of American hops. The beer is generally medium amber to dark brown in color. Smooth, caramel notes prevail and there is a definite maltiness present - although not typically as much as the English counterparts. A nice American hop body and finish is present, but not overdone (necessarily).
A base of American 2 row is supported with some medium (40-60L) crystal malts to provide a nice, malty backbone with a bit of biscuit. Munich and Victory malts
are quite at home in the American Brown ale style as well and add complexity, warmth, and depth. Color and roast and a chocolaty toastiness are provided by Chocolate malt in small amounts.
Flavor and aroma hops are the standard American characters that you might see in the American APA and American IPA styles - Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Summit, etc. Alcohol levels are generally moderate at around 5.5% average.
A clean, american yeast is appropriate in this style - as are some of the available American variants.
|OG: 1.045 - 1.060||FG: 1.010 - 1.016||IBU: 20 - 40||ABV: 4.3 - 6.2%|
All Grain Recipe - American Brown Ale ::: 1.061/1.016 (6.75 Gal)
13.25 lbs. - American Pale Malt
1 lb. - 40L Crystal Malt
3/4 lb. - Victory Malt
1/2 lb. - CaraPils malt
1/2 lb. - Chocolate Malt
Hop Schedule (40 IBU)
1/2 oz - Magnum (60 Min.)
2 oz - Amarillo (15 Min.)
3 oz - Amarillo (1 Min.)
White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1500 ml starter
Mash at 154° for 60 min.
Sparge as usual
Boil for 60 min. Cool and start ferment at about 68 degrees