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Earl Gray Brown addendum

I ran into Ken from Fearless Brewing last weekend and he was kind enough to explain some of the finer points of gravity as it relates to beer, and explain to me why my beers are coming out in a similar range. I told him about my Earl Gray Brown beer and he said he was interested in the recipe, which I promised to send him. It’ll be interesting if he conjures something out of that. As I was typing up the recipe I realized that I’d pretty much forgotten to tell people how I made this beer-so here goes:

Started by steeping 14 bags of Earl Gray tea in 3 quarts of water

Steeping grains:
2 oz black malt
5 oz C40 malt
5 oz Victory
12 oz British Brown

Fermentables:
7 lb liquid light malt extract

Hops:
1 oz Amarillo @ 60
1 oz Nugget @ 30

Irish moss@ 5 for clarity

Added the tea after the wort had been cooled and put into a carboy.

Yeast:
2 packs Wyeast 1084 Irish ale

Primary Gravity: 1.061

Finishing Gravity: 1.02

5.3% ABV

Earl Gray Brown (again)

earl gray brown aleI have, once again made an Earl Gray Brown. The results are rather tasty. The nose has a chocolate and nut aroma, like a not quite as sweet version of Nutella. Having moment like that is always promising.

The beer itself tastes like a sweeter version of a brown ale. I’m just not familiar enough with Earl Gray tea to accurately say where it kicks in and I’m pretty certain I could’ve amped the tea mixture up even further. There is an orange flavor though, almost like what you’d get from one of those chocolate oranges. Good stuff.

Next time I’m just using the whole damn box of tea though. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer and at 5.2% it falls comfortably in the brown ale style pretty well. Good stuff.