Northern English Brown Ale

Like Comfort Food, But Beer

The Northern English Brown Ale style is a rich, yet approachable English Ale style. The nutty character imparted by specialty grains is the hallmark of this amber beer. Toffee, Nutty, Caramel flavors should all be present wrapped in an Amber, clear beer. Hops are English, and noticable yet not prevalent.

There should be a little bit of residual sweetness as with many English style beers, but this should be quite subtle.

The Beer

Along with a base of English malt (like Maris Otter), rich adjuncts like Chocolate Malt, Special B, and Special Roast can be used to give this beer its rich, nutty flavor.

Hops are, of course, English - Challenger, Fuggle, E.K. Goldings, etc.

Yeast should be one of the English Ale strains and preferably a more attenuative if you have a choice. If you choose very attenuative yeast, the addition of some honey malt may be appropriate to provide a little bit of sweetness.

OG: 1.40- 1.052 FG: 1.008 - 1.013 IBU: 20 - 30 SRM: 12 - 22 ABV: 4.2% - 5.4%

All Grain Recipe - Northern English Brown ::: 1.043/1.011 (5.5 Gal)

Grain Bill

8 lbs. - Maris Otter 2Row
1/4 lb. - Biscuit Malt
1/4 lb. - Chocolate Malt
1/4 lb. - Special B Malt
1/4 lb. - Special Roast Malt

Hop Schedule (27 IBU)

1 oz - Challenger (60 Min.)
1 oz - Fuggles (1 Min.)


Wyeast London Ale Yeast (#1028) - 1800 ml starter


Mash at 154° for 30 min.
Sparge as usual
Boil for 60 minutes
Cool and ferment at about 68°

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