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Friday, September 10, 2010

Charlie Brown Ale

Charlie Brown Ale

English Brown Ales were designed for generous consumption by manual laborers. A whole days nutrition in a bottle. This American version is a little darker than most English versions. 
Malt Base: 
6 lbs. Northwestern's Amber Malt Extract
Specialty Grains: 6 oz. Crystal & 4 oz. Chocolate
Hops: 10 HBU Galena (bittering) & .5 oz. Cascade (finishing)
Yeast: Ale 

Results: Another great evening of brewing. This brew appears lovely so far, I'm hoping it will be an agreeable substitute for an Oktoberfest for me, because I am not equipped with cold space to lager my beer. Yet. A rich brown color with delicate chocolate aroma; the Galena hops smell awesome! Should be somewhat similar to Newcastle. I accidentally returned the water to a boil for a few mins after adding the grains. Got out my Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian. Seems some people prefer to boil their grains. Go figure. Charlie argues not to boil for less haze and less astringent taste, but says both go away with ageing. 

And here is the final product!

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