Brew Day: Northern English Brown (Beer #30)

February 12, 2012 by Jack

Vital Stats:
Target OG: 1.051 Actual OG: 1.051
Target FG: 1.013 Actual FG: 1.012
ABV: 5.1%
Color: 11.9 SRMĀ (Calculated)
Bitterness: 26.6 IBU (Calculated)
Yeast: Wyeast 1028 London Ale

To start 2012 I brewed seven batches of beer in six weeks. Keeping up with all those brews caused me to fall a little behind on this journal. It’s time to post about what I’ve brewed recently. I want to get the brew day posts out of the way so I can get on to the tasting notes…

I brewed a batch of Northern English Brown Ale on January 13th. The recipe came from Brewing Classic Styles, but for the first time I used the “scale” function in BeerSmith to adjust the recipe to match my system. I had been getting about 78% efficiency since I started crushing my own grain. BCS assumes 60-65% efficiency. BeerSmith adjusted the grist bill to look like this:

– 8 lb. 2 oz. Munton’s Maris Otter
– 10 oz. Special Roast (50°L)
– 6.7 oz. Crystal 40°L
– 6.7 oz. Victory (25°L)
– 3.3 oz. Pale Chocolate (200°L)

I hit the target pre-boil and OG with these adjustments. Fermentation went smoothly and the beer was crash-cooled after five days and kegged after three days in the fridge.

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