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Dragon Spit Brown Ale

Brewed: 06/24/2010   Bottled: 07/08/2009

I decided to brew another beer in Tuke on Easter Sunday.  The only extracts I had left from Mr. Beer were a can of Englishman's Nut-Brown HME and 1 Can Mellow Amber UME.  If you have been paying attention, you know that is what is in Northern Amber Ale, and that is what had been fermenting in Rutt for a week.

As I did not need two of the same beer (plus the fact that I did not have any extra hops to add, I decided to change up the recipe a bit to make it a bit darker with more alcohol and a slightly more complex malty flavor.  I have never tried brown sugar in a brew or any spices and for this beer I added both along with some dark DME that I had gotten from my local home brew shop awhile ago.

The result was a couple shades darker with less hops and more malts.  The alcohol by volume is 6% rather than the 5 in Northern Amber. Not sure I totally detected what the cinnamon did to the flavor.

The name "Dragon Spit" is sort of in honor of the great beer "Moose Drool" and the several dragons Tyler has drawn or colored for me in the past.  I incorporated one of Tyler's pictures on the label of this beer.

After tasting both Dragon Spit and Northern Amber Ale, I decided to combine the recipes a bit to make a go-to beer for my lineup.  Dragon Spit was great, but needed more hops, so I added on the same U.S. Goldings that were in Northern Amber Ale.  After getting some Columbus hops for Fools Gold ale, I also decided to add some to this brew as well to push up the bitterness a bit and I think make a pretty balanced beer.

Batch 3 is being brewed at the same time as Dragon Spit II, which is also a brown ale with a similar hop profile, but with all non-Mr. Beer ingredients.  We'll see which I like better.


Dragon Spit Brown Ale - Batch 3 --- cost $25.47

Style American Brown Ale Batch Size 2.40 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   1.92 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.058 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 42.4 IBU (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.56 %
BU : GU   0.736        
Recipe Color 16.9 SRM
Color
   
Measured OG:    1.066   Measured FG:    1.016
ADF:    76%   Measured ABV:    6.5%

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Englishman's Nut Brown HME (17.0 SRM) Extract 29.02 %
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Mellow Amber UME (17.0 SRM) Extract 29.02 %
1 lbs Briess Pilsen Light LME (2.0 SRM) Extract 23.98 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 75L (75.0 SRM) Grain 11.99 %
0.25 oz Columbus [14.20 %] (30 min) Hops 16.9 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops 6.2 IBU
0.05 oz Cinnamon Stick (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.25 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
4.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 6.00 %
1 Pkgs SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) Yeast-Ale

Mash Profile
Steep grains as desired (30-60 minutes)

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Bring 1 gallon water to 155F - 168F. Add specialty grain in muslim sack to water and steep for 30 minutes. Remove grain sack and let drain into wort. Add and boil DME, UME. Add hops and Irish moss at appropriate times. Add cinnamon and brown sugar last 5 minutes of boil.
Remove from heat and add HME. Add to fermentor and pitch yeast as usual.
http://www.fermentis.com/FO/pdf/HB/EN/Safale_US-05_HB.pdf
Ferment 2 weeks. First 3 days around 65. After that, let get as hot as it wants.
Batch prime with 2.25 oz sugar. Condition for 2 - 4 weeks.

Dragon Spit Batch #2

Recipe
Dragon Spit
Style
American Amber Ale
Brewer
Sheppy Brew
Batch
2.13 gal
Extract

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.061 OG
Estimated FG
1.016 FG
Recipe Bitterness
43 IBU
Alcohol by Volume
5.9%
Recipe Color
16° SRM
Alcohol by Weight
4.6%

Ingredients

Quantity
Grain
Type
Use
0.25 lb
Brown Sugar, Light
Sugar
Other
0.50 lb
Crystal 75L
Grain
Steeped
0.484 lb
Briess Pilsen Light LME
Extract
Extract
1.21 lb
MrB. Englishman's Nut-Brown Ale
Extract
Extract
1.21 lb
MrB. Mellow Amber UME
Extract
Extract
Quantity
Hop
Type
Time
0.125 oz
Columbus
Pellet
40 minutes
1.00 oz
MrB. Englishman's Nut-Brown Ale
Pellet
5 minutes
0.50 oz
U.S. Goldings
Pellet
15 minutes
Quantity
Misc
Notes
1.00 unit
Ale yeast
Yeast
Fermentis SAFEALE US-05
0.50 unit
Cinnamon
Spice
1/2 tsp.
0.50 unit
Irish Moss
Fining
1/2 tsp added 15 left in boil

Recipe Notes

Bring 1 gallon water to 155F - 168F. Add specialty grain in muslim sack to water and steep for 30 minutes. Remove grain sack and let drain into wort. Add and boil DME, UME. Add hops and Irish moss at appropriate times. Add cinnamon and brown sugar last 5 minutes of boil.
Remove from heat and add HME. Add to fermentor and pitch yeast as usual.
http://www.fermentis.com/FO/pdf/HB/EN/Safale_US-05_HB.pdf
Ferment 3 weeks.
Batch prime with 2.25 oz sugar. Condition for 2 - 4 weeks.

Batch Notes

Substituted Briess Pilsen Light LME for Light DME because I had a bunch that needed to be used up.


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Brewing Notes:
06/24/2010 Brewing Day esheppy
Brewed this up. Used 2 Mr. Beer packets instead of yeast nutrients. Pitched at about 60. OG was pretty high, but I am ok with that.
06/27/2010
Temps pretty well controlled until this morning after DSII was in with this. Got up to 72, but I think most of the heavy fermentation is done. Removed from the cooler for the remainder.
07/08/2010 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up with 1.5 cup water and 2.25oz table sugar. Used my growler, 2 liter bottles, and the balance in 12 oz bottles. Almost a whole percent higher in alcohol than the estimated due to the high OG. Could really taste the cinnamon and I think the brown sugar came through as well. This is extremely tasty right now.
07/08/2010
14 12oz bottles. 2 liter bottles. 1 half gallon growler.
07/23/2010 esheppy
Had the LB last night and another sample today. The cinnamon is prominent, but I like it. Might want to try to save some of this for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
09/08/2010 esheppy
Still like DSII better, but this is very good too.
10/07/2010 esheppy
Connor brought me one to drink with dinner. It is interesting how as the cinnamon fades it starts to take on sort of a hop bitterness character. This beer tastes really good right now.
10/20/2010 esheppy
The cinnamon blends so nicely into the malt and hop taste and aroma. I wonder how many people would taste this beer and realize it has cinnamon. There are only 6 left. Don't think I'm going to be able to hold onto these much longer.
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