Monthly Archives: February 2016

Texas Brown Ale

Another Texas Brownale

Another warm winter day and another American Brown Ale / Texas Brown Ale attempt.  This one should hit the hop lover just in the sweet spot and those that are fans of darker maltier beer in a pretty good place.  This is my second use of ‘San Diego Super Yeast’ WLP-090, the first being a version of Janet’s Brown Ale, and the cleanliness of my first beer with it gives me high hopes.  I will continue to play with this yeast and split batches with other yeasts.

So I made a 6 gallon batch, a bit unusual for me as I’m almost strictly a 3 gallon batch kind of guy.  I have 2.5 gallon kegs that I stack up in my mini-fridge twin tower set up and find I don’t drink A LOT of beer, plus live pretty far from town so don’t have a lot of friends coming over and stealing growlers full of homebrew- too bad I guess.

Anyways, I plan to do 6 gallon batches in the near future and split them into two 3 gallon fermentations with, of course, two different yeasts.  The brew day isn’t much longer and I get more beer- plus get to try out my different yeast.

So for this batch below, I’ve split into American Ale II WY-1272 and San Diego Super Yeast, WLP-090.  I’ll do a taste test and get some others to do one for me.  I’m pulling for the San Diego Yeast, I just want it to be better for no real reason, but I’ll let the tasters decide which is actually better.  I do have WLP-090 saved in 50ml vials for future batches, so that would be one reason- I guess.

I’ll repost the taste test results here!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 60 min 51.2 IBUs 23.1 SRM 1.068 1.016 6.8 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Brown Ale 10 C 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.016 20 - 40 18 - 35 2 - 2.6 4.3 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter 12.213 lbs 80.18
Aromatic Malt 1.332 lbs 8.75
Barley, Flaked 1.021 lbs 6.7
Chocolate Wheat Malt 7.11 oz 2.92
Carafa III 3.55 oz 1.46

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Chinook 0.75 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 13
Centennial 1.89 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 9.3
Centennial 0.47 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 10

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
American Ale II (1272) Wyeast Labs 74% 60°F - 72°F

Mash

Step Temperature Time
Saccharification 152.1°F 60 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min