Saturday, November 26, 2011

Texas Tornado Brown Ale

The Texas Tornado brown ale is a beer I first brewed last year around this time.  It's a hop forward beer with a Cascade hops that we all love an enjoy through our summertime pale ales.  This recipe is taken directly from the Ray Daniels and Jim Parker book "Brown Ale: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes.  A book I really enjoyed, so much so, I haven't given it back.

I have slightly altered today's recipe given extra ingredients I had laying around.  Just 3/4 of a pound of 2-row addition is all.

  • 9.75 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row - US)
  • 1.00 lb Chocolate Malt
  • 0.50 lb Caramalt (80L)
  • 0.25 lb Carapils 
  • 0.25 lb Special Roast
With a brewhouse efficiency set at 75%, the estimates are as follows.
  • 31.3 est. color (SRM)
  • 1.062 est. O.G. (style 1.045-1.060)
  • 1.016 est. F.G. (style 1.010-1.016)
  • 6.03% ABV
In total, Beer Smith calculates this to be a 31.3 on the SRM scale.  Fairly dark brown ale.  With just a 0.50 lb of the Chocolate malt it would have been much lighter.  As this is a Texas style brown, I wanted to go all with the recipe.

The hops really dress up this beer with a nice bittering underneath with a hop aroma and taste.  
  • 1.0 oz Galena (75 min)
  • 0.5 oz Galena (45 min)
  • 0.5 oz Willamette (15min)
  • 1.0 oz Cascade (0 min)
  • 1.0 oz Cascade (Dry Hop)
The Cascade addition in secondary really puts the mark on this beer.  This beer was the first beer that I had ever dry hopped and really enjoy the results of the finished product.  I am looking forward to a comparable beer this time around and hope that my guests will appreciate this one again.

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