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One Hundred Hoppy Brown Ale

Brewed: 02/15/2015   Bottled: 02/28/2015

You may have noticed that most of the pages on this website have a numeric ID. This is because this site has a simple content management system with most of the recipes in a database. The database table that contains these pages has an "identity" primary key, which simply started at 1 and uses the next integer every time I add a recipe.

For example, recipe.aspx?id=1 is Eric's Red Ale. This is the first recipe I entered on this site after programing my content management. Similarly, recipe.aspx?id=2 is Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale. So it goes. My 50th recipe page is Pompously Illegitimate Red Ale. My 75th is Helles in a Hand Bock-sket. Not every one of these pages is a recipe, but most of them are. The beers that I brew more than once each have an archive page, and these also are stored in the same database table.

If you look at the URL, you probably noticed that this recipe is #100.

100 is quite a milestone, and I thought I would name this beer 100 to mark the occasion.

As I first typed this, I had no idea what will be special about this beer. The only thing that is came to mind is that it should have Centennial hops in it. It followed that it should be pretty hoppy. I didn't just want to do an IPA, though.

I thought maybe a black IPA, but I've done those before. Similarly, I've done hoppy "West Coast" Reds. I didn't want to make a Belgium IPA or a White IPA.

Eventually, I decided on a hoppy American Brown Ale like the famous Janet's Brown. I used the famous Brewing Classic Styles as a starting point for my recipe, but changed based on my own preferences and available ingredients. I've never really done a hoppy American Brown, so this is a good excuse to break into that style.

Not sure when I'll get around to actually brewing this beer. It will probably be early 2015.


For more information about this beer, check out Sheppy's Blog: One Hundred.

One Hundred --- Batch 1

American Brown Ale
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.062 SG
Estimated FG
1.013 SG
Recipe Bitterness
60.3 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.4 %
BU : GU   0.972        
Recipe Color
21.9 SRM
Measured OG:   1.062    Measured FG:   1.011
ADF:    82   Measured ABV:   6.7


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.00 g Chalk (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 72.1 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 3 10.8 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4 7.2 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 5 7.2 %
4.0 oz Chocolate (Crisp) (630.0 SRM) Grain 6 1.8 %
2.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 7 0.9 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 8 36.5 IBUs
0.250 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 9 5.6 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 10 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 11 -
1.000 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 12 4.2 IBUs
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 13 6.5 IBUs
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 20.0 min Hop 14 7.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 15 -
1.000 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 17.34 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.21gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water
Recipe Notes
Add 6g of CaCO3 into the strike water to bring up Calcium and help with clarity.
From Denver Water, this puts the water profile at:
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 60 for a day and let rise to mid 60's for the rest of the week. Then let the temperature go where it wants.
Add dry hop in hop sacks for a few days before kegging.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   164
Mash Temps:
 148 added water 154 down to 150 over 1.5 hours
Pre-boil OG   1.054 (1.050 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.75 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    60
Day 1: Slow start going by end of day 60 - 62
Day 2: Going strong. 65ish  
Day 3: Still going 66  

Brewing Notes:
02/11/2015 esheppy
I have decided that this will be my next brew.
02/11/2015 esheppy
Bought ingredients today.
02/16/2015 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went well. Pitched a bit cold I think. Didn't re-hydrate dry yeast. No sign of fermentation this morning. Still at 60.
02/16/2015 esheppy
Going well when I got home from work. 62. Nice hop aroma coming from airlock.
02/17/2015 esheppy
Still bubbling away. 66.
02/19/2015 esheppy
Starting to slow down but still bubbling. 68.
02/21/2015 esheppy
Kraussen starting to dissipate. 68. Think I'll dry-hop today or tomorrow.
02/21/2015 esheppy
Dry-hopped. 1 once in 2 hop sacks.
02/25/2015 esheppy
This is the best hoppy beer I've had in a long time and it isn't even carbonated yet. FG is 1.011, which is lower than I thought it would go. That is 6.7% abv. Yummy. Probably should keg soon.
02/28/2015 esheppy
Kegged today. Didn't take a gravity reading, but I think it is safe to stay with the 1.011. Hop flavor is wonderful. It is currently in the beer fridge.
03/02/2015 esheppy
Moved from beer fridge into keggerator. Set the PSI to 12ish.
03/06/2015 esheppy
Went to try some. PSI was low. Set it back up. Tasted some very good despite being flat.
03/10/2015 esheppy
Carbonation already better. Very tasty as well.
03/14/2015 esheppy
Great beer. Lowered the psi.
03/29/2015 esheppy
The keg blew tonight which came as a major shock to. Bummer.
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