Irish Brown Ale

You've heard of Irish Stout. You've heard of Irish Red. You've heard of Irish Brown.

What? You haven't heard of Irish Brown? Well, neither had I until I made some.

St. Patty's Day 2003 was coming up, so it was time to make some beer. Brew Your Own magazine had an article on some Irish Reds, but I didn't want to do anything that required new ingredients, as I already had a couple of batches of beer in their raw ingredient forms laying around the house. So I mixed and matched and here's what I came up with.


1/4 lb Victory malt
1/2 lb carapils malt
1/2 lb roasted barley
2 lb Munton & Fison Plain Dark dry malt extract
2 lb Munton & Fison Plain Extra Light dry malt extract
2 lb brown sugar
2 oz Fuggles hops (4.9%)
1/8 oz Fuggles hops (4.2%)
Irish Ale yeast (WhiteLabs WLP004)


Heat water to 3 gallons of water to 160F. Add specialty grains and get temperature back to 160F. Steep grains for 60 minutes. Remove specialty grains.

Add DME's, sugar and enough water to make 5 gallons. Bring to a boil.

Boil CountdownInstruction
60 minAdd 1 oz. Fuggles hops
30 minAdd 1 oz. Fuggles hops
15 minAdd Irish moss.
5 minAdd copper cooling coil (to sanitize).
0 minAdd 1/8 oz. Fuggles hops (aroma).

Start up the cooling coil. Cool to 66F. Syphon to sanitized carboy. Pitch yeast starter.

O.G. 1.056
F.G. 1.0?? (still needs to ferment)

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