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21B3a. Specialty IPA - Brown

212 calories 21.1 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Specialty IPA: Brown IPA
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6.1 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.045 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 212 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 21.1 g (Per 12oz)
Created Wednesday August 30th 2017
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
12 lb American - Pale 2-Row12 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 78.8%
2 oz American - Roasted Barley2 oz Roasted Barley - (late boil kettle addition) 33 300 0.8%
5 oz American - Chocolate5 oz Chocolate - (late boil kettle addition) 29 350 2.1%
4 oz American - Victory4 oz Victory 34 28 1.6%
2.54 lb Rice Hulls2.54 lb Rice Hulls 0 0 16.7%
243.64 oz / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.75 oz El Dorado0.75 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 0 min 12.5%
1 oz El Dorado1 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 15 min 28.09 16.7%
1 oz El Dorado1 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 10 min 20.53 16.7%
1 oz El Dorado1 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 5 min 11.29 16.7%
0.25 oz El Dorado0.25 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Boil 1 min 0.61 4.2%
2 oz El Dorado2 oz El Dorado Hops Pellet 15.7 Dry Hop 7 days 33.3%
6 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
4.76 gal Single Infusion Infusion 152 °F 90 min
4.67 gal Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 5 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
1.38 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
8 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
0.60 g Magnesium Chloride Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
19.47 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
7.30 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
Wyeast - Denny's Favorite 50 1450
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
60 - 70 °F
Fermentation Temp:
62 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.25 (M cells / ml / ° P) 408 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 2.5 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Light colored and hoppy
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
75 5 10 50 150 0
Rice Hulls:
Add 1lb for every 5lbs malt to help with heat distribution.

Roasted Barley:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Chocolate Malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.

Condition at least 4 weeks.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Overall Impression:
Hoppy, bitter, and moderately strong like an American IPA, but with some caramel, chocolate, toffee, and/or dark fruit malt character as in an American Brown Ale. Retaining the dryish finish and lean body that makes IPAs so drinkable, a Brown IPA is a little more flavorful and malty than an American IPA without being sweet or heavy.

A moderate to moderately-strong fresh hop aroma featuring one or more characteristics of American or New World hops, such as tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, floral, spicy, berry, melon, pine, resinous, etc. Many versions are dry hopped and can have an additional fresh hop aroma; this is desirable but not required. Grassiness should be minimal, if present. A medium-low to medium malty-sweet aroma mixes in well with the hop selection, and often features chocolate, nuts, dark caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and/or dark fruit character. Fruitiness from yeast may also be detected in some versions, although a neutral fermentation character is also acceptable. A restrained alcohol note may be present, but this character should be minimal at best. Any American or New World hop character is acceptable; new hop varieties continue to be released and should not constrain this style.

Color ranges from reddish-brown to dark brown but not black. Frequently opaque, but should be clear if visible. Unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy. Medium-sized, cream-colored to tan head with good persistence.

Hop flavor is medium to high, and should reflect an American or New World hop character, such as citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc. Medium-high to high hop bitterness. Malt flavor should be medium-low to medium, and is generally clean but malty-sweet up front with milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, nutty, biscuity, dark caramel, toasted bread and/or dark fruit malt flavors. The character malt choices and the hop selections should complement and enhance each other, not clash. The level of malt flavor should nearly balance the hop bitterness and flavor presentation. Low yeast-derived fruitiness is acceptable but not required. Dry to medium finish; residual sweetness should be medium-low to none. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted in stronger versions. No roasted, burnt, or harsh-bitter malt character.

Medium-light to medium body, with a smooth texture. Medium to medium-high carbonation. No harsh hop-derived astringency. Very light, smooth alcohol warming not a fault if it does not intrude into overall balance.

Previously might have been a sub-genre of American Brown Ales, hoppier and stronger than the normal products, but still maintaining the essential drinkability by avoiding sweet flavors or a heavy body or finish. The hops and malt can combine to produce interesting interactions.

A more modern craft beer name for a style that has long been popular with US homebrewers, when it was known as a hoppier American Brown Ale or sometimes Texas Brown Ale (despite origins in California).

Characteristic Ingredients:
Like an American IPA, but with medium or dark crystal malts, lightly roasted chocolate-type malts, or other intermediate color character malts. May use sugar adjuncts, including brown sugar. American or New World finishing hops with tropical, fruity, citrusy, piney, berry, or melon aspects; the choice of hops and character malts is synergistic – they very much have to complement each other and not clash.

Style Comparison:
A stronger and bitterer version of an American Brown Ale, with the balance of an American IPA.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.056 – 1.070
FG: 1.008 – 1.016
IBUs: 40 – 70
SRM: 11 – 19
ABV: 5.5 – 7.5%

Commercial Examples:
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Grand Teton Bitch Creek, Harpoon Brown IPA, Russian River Janet’s Brown Ale

high-strength, dark-color, top-fermented, north-America, craft-style, ipa-family, specialty-family, bitter, hoppy

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