Over the next few weeks I'm going to be posting some of my favorite beer recipes that for one reason or another never made it onto the blog. In addition, a few days ago I posted a Homebrew Recipe link page that includes a list of the approximately 75 homebrew recipes that I have posted so far. Each entry has a link to the recipe post. My plan is to keep it up to date by adding links whenever I post a new recipe.
I thought to mark five years of homebrewing (as of February 8th) I would start by posting the recipe that started it all, Old Brown Sock (a reference to the color of the grain sock). This was a recipe my friend Nicole and I came up with for a student taught course (Beer Brewing and Appreciation) that we were taking as seniors at CMU. It is somewhere between an American Brown and an English Brown (American yeast and English hops). I was surprised how well it turned out for a first batch, but who knows how it would taste to me now if I brewed it again with the same mistakes (fermented too warm, low pitching rate, tiny boil, slow chilling etc...).
I think this is a good recipe for a first batch since it is simple, and pretty middle of the road in terms of color and alcohol. I'd be interested to hear comments about what other people brewed for their first batch and how it turned out.
The label was designed by my friend Evan, who in the last few days has become a bit of an internet mini-celebrity in his own right for his creative counter-protest signs against the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church.
Old Brown Sock
Recipe Specifics (Extract with Steeping Grains)
Batch Size (Gal): 5.00
Wort Size (Gal): 2.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 8.00
Anticipated OG: 1.066
Anticipated SRM: 22.8
Anticipated IBU: 35.0
Brewhouse Efficiency: 30 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 min
75.0% - 6.00 lbs. Light DME
12.5% - 1.00 lbs. Amber DME
6.3% - 0.50 lbs. Chocolate Malt
6.3% - 0.50 lbs. Crystal 60L
2.00 oz. Fuggle (Pellet 4.70% AA) @ 60 min.
0.50 oz. Fuggle (Pellet 4.70% AA) @ 5 min.
WYeast 1056 American Ale/Chico
Brewed 2/8/2005 with Nicole
Grains Steeped in 150 degree water for 30 minutes
Primed with 3/4 cup corn sugar
What can I say? It was was my first batch. Probably fermented too warm, but it came out tasting great, if a bit over-carbonated. Tasted a bit like Newcastle, should repeat at some point, just a solid session beer.