Homebrew: Brown Dwarf

Submitted by DM on Tue, 25/03/2014 - 15:16

Still having plenty of Cascade hops left over from a bulk buy & with the successful reception of OTT AIPA last weekend, I've decided to brew another New World hop bomb.   This one will be a little darker though.

Mash: 1 hour 15 min. The temperature was kept within 3°C of 67°C throughout.

3.1 Kg Maris Otter Pale Malt

210g Crystal malt

50g Chocolate malt

100g Carafa Special 3 malt

Boil: 1 hour.

50g of Cascade (8.6% a/a) added at 30 mins into the boil

100g of Cascade added at 45 mins into the boil

18g of Cascade added at 55 mins into the boil

32g of Chinook (13.8% a/a) added at 55 mins into the boil

10g of Chinook dry hopped into the cool wort after chilling

This yielded 14 litres of wort. The handy calculator gives me a bitterness of about 156 IBUs although most of the hops are added late in the boil or dry hopped meaning this should be way hoppier than this bitterness level suggests. The OG was 1048 which should give me an alcohol level around 5.2%.

Safale S-04 yeast was made into a starter as I started to brew & was pitched once the wort was cool enough.

Bottled on 31/03/14.

Verdict on bottling: massive citrus hoppiness, but with a smooth malty sweetness & some gentle roast character.   I'm looking forward to this.

Verdict after 1 week: clear already.   Clean fresh, citrus hoppiness with sweet roast malt character.

Verdict after 3 weeks: superb! The best beer I've brewed in ages. It could be argued that my OTTAIPA was a little too much on the grapefruit hop side with little else to it. This has a lovely roast malt flavour in addition to the massive grapefruit hoppiness that really adds to the beer.