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Imaginary Dragon Brown Ale

Brewed: 03/04/2018   Kegged: 03/10/2018

imaginarydragon.jpgBack in my Mr. Beer and Extract years, I developed an appreciation for the great American Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company, Moose Drool.  

I cam up with a "clone" with Mr. Beer ingredients. Then I started playing around with the recipe. It went through quite a few iterations until it was nothing like Moose Drool, but it was deliciously unique.

It had all the wonderful rich Brown Ale malt flavors. Caramel. Chocolate. 

It had just enough hop character to balance the malt sweetness.

And it had cinnamon. Cinnamon? Yes cinnamon.

Believe it or not, just the right amount of cinnamon gives similar a similar character as hops. It had just enough cinnamon bite to compliment the malt without overpowering the beer.

In fact, if you didn't know it had cinnamon in it, I doubt that is what you would think.

I never developed an all-grain recipe for it, but I always thought I should. Now I've gotten around to making the all-grain version. And, I'm changing the name.

The original beer had an unfortunate name. It was innocent enough based on artwork that my young (at the time) son had done of dragons.

The original, unfortunate name had dragon in the name. I wanted to keep that. I've also become quite a fan of Imagine Dragons. I hope they don't mind my choice of names.

If you are a member of the Imagine Dragons and feel like you want me to change the name, feel free to reach out to me and I will gladly make a change.


The all-grain version is even more wonderful than the old extract and partial mash recipes.


If you would like to learn more information about this beer see Sheppy's Blog: Dragon.

Imaginary Dragon --- Batch 1

Style American Brown Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.058 SG Estimated FG 1.013 SG
Recipe Bitterness 31.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.0 %
BU : GU   0.541        
Recipe Color 18.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.058    Measured FG:    1.013
ADF:   77.6    Measured ABV:    5.9%


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 78.4 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 11.8 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.9 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.9 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.0 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 50.0 min Hop 7 23.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 -
1.000 oz Centennial [10.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 8.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 -
2.00 Items Cinnamon Stick (Primary 5.0 days) Spice 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.94 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.26gal) 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.
Add in Cinnamon Sticks into primary and rack on top.
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.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.047 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
03/02/2018 esheppy
Need to buy ingredients today. Brew this weekend.
03/03/2018 esheppy
Bought ingredients.
03/04/2018 esheppy
Brew day went well. Started later than usual and let mash go through church. It was pretty windy and the flame kept going out, but I kept a close eye on it og on target at 1.058.
03/05/2018 esheppy
Fermentation underway. 63
03/06/2018 esheppy
Even more active. 66
03/08/2018 esheppy
Kraussen down. 1.015 gravity makes this 5.7% abv beer. Good clarity. Great chocolate caramel flavor. Only a bit of what might be cinnamon. Perfect.
03/10/2018 esheppy
Kegged today. 1.013 puts the FG right on target. Beer is 5.9% ABV. I love the flavor. Just enough cinnamon to know it is there, but not enough to know exactly what it is without knowing. Success!
03/17/2018 esheppy
Rocked CO2 into the keg for 2.5 songs. Will try beer tonight or tomorrow.
03/18/2018 esheppy
Had a little sample. Nice level of carbonation for this style of beer. Maybe a bit sweet. Delicious, though. Gave it a shot of CO2 to help with flow as I will be drinking this around grilling time tonight.
04/06/2018 esheppy
I love this beer right now.
08/12/2018 esheppy
Still drinking. Still tastes great. Cinnamon is subtle.
08/19/2018 esheppy
Tasting great on a Sunday evening. Not looking forward to Monday, but right now my life is awesome.
08/24/2018 esheppy
10/26/2018 esheppy
Still tasting great. Need to start concatenating on emptying this keg.
10/31/2018 esheppy
Halloween beer. Yummy. 😋
11/04/2018 esheppy
Keg blew. Tasted great to the end. Now I have a keg to put X-Mas Ale into.
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