Bitter Brown Bastard

Type: All-Grain Batch Size: 2.5 Gallons
Grain: 6 lb. American 2-row

8 oz. American crystal 60L

4 oz. Belgian Special B

4 oz. British chocolate

2 oz. Belgian CaraMunich

Hops: 0.75 oz. Galena (13.8% AA, 60 min.)

0.5 oz. Kent Goldings (5% AA, 15 min.)

0.5 oz. Kent Goldings (aroma)

Yeast: Fermentis Safeale US-05
Brew Date: Sometime in April 2011

I was going for a dark IPA, reminiscent of the India Brown Ale from DogfishHead. I mashed for 90 min @ ~150F with 1.5 gal of water. I sparged it out to about 3 gal for the boil. I boiled it down to about 2 gal and topped it up with cold water to 2.5 in the fermenter. I fermented for 2 weeks in the primary and bottled after that with corn sugar for priming.

The beer has a beautiful dark brown color – almost porter dark. The hop bitterness is perfect, but I would love to have a bit more hop aroma and flavor. This beer would definitely have benefited from dry hopping.


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