Less Is More Brown Ale

Brown ale in glass on countertop

So, this brown has all the flavor characteristics I want; chocolate on the nose, which ribbons through the beer, with a hint of coffee near the finish. The ABV could be lighter- but that’s fixable.

What I’m happy about is that I finally got the visual element correct. This beer isn’t quite translucent but it will allow light through, and I absolutely get a sense of how bright the beer is.

And I did it, because instead of using a pound or a pound and a half of chocolate malt (for flavor!) I pulled back to just a half pound. I wonder if a quarter-pound would be better. I’ve been trying to get there for years and I’m finally accepting that sometimes, less is more.

I’m excited about it.

Brew Date: Nov 7, 0021

Steeping grains
7 lb Pale
.5 lb chocolate
.5 biscuit

Fermentables: 4 lb pils liquid malt

@60 1oz East Kent Goldings, .25 oz Fuggle
@10 .75 oz Fuggle

Yeast: Imperial’s Tartan (3rd use)

OG: 1.074

FG: 1.01

Bottled 11/14

ABV: 8.7%

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