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Caddy Tan American Brown Ale Tasting

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

caddy tan american brown ale

It doesn’t seem like six weeks have passed since I brewed my first batch of Caddy Tan an American brown ale. This is my third tasting of the beer with my first coming only a week after it was brewed. It is much better now.

Look: Deep brown with an inch of creamy, tan foam. Retention is quite good with a somewhat sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma: Orange citrus hits the nose first while roast and chocolate malt along with touches of fruity hops add some complexity. A touch of sweeteness can be found but that could be part of the hops actually.

Taste: Light chocolate and roast flavors take a backseat to a sweet orange end. This is joined by a light bitterness that the fades quickly, while being joined by a touch of chocolate and roast.

Drinkability: The light bitterness of the overall beer, as well as the sweet orange and fruity hops, make it quite easy to drink. Medium carbonation with the same mouthfeel, there is a dry mouth feel that sets in.

Overall: Since my original tasting the beer has rounded out nicely. The beer is much more bitter when cold and definitely needs a chance to warm. The aroma is probably the hightlight. The taste seems faint, from the malt end, but the hops add a very juicy finish. In spite of my complaints that I left a lot of aroma in the hop bag on bottling day, I think there is a nice amount of hop aroma.

I would definitely make the beer again. Going to have the TNBC guys give it a taste tonight to get some more feedback. Enjoy!

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Caddy Tan Brown Ale

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

caddy tan

It has been a while since I have come forth with thoughts on a brewing day. Rich recently mentioned his first brew day with me, which I affectionately named Rich’s Bitch. Since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to brew more and talk about it here, here we go!

Whenever I decide to brew a new style of beer, I do my homework. I check out BJCP guidelines and then scour the web for recipes. I decided that I needed some type of brown ale in repertoire. After reading the style guidelines for an American Brown Ale, I knew it was my type of beer: lots of hops.

After a week or so of screwing around, I settled on the following recipe:

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05 (was lazy)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.014 (estimate)
IBU: 48.8
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 @70*F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 @70*F dry hopped

Grain Bill:
10.0# 2-Row
0.5# Crystal 60L
0.5# Crystal 40L
0.5# Wheat Malt
0.5# Chocolate Malt
0.25# Cara-Pils
0.25# Victory

Mash 152*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
0.75oz Warrior (15.0%) @ 60 min
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @ 20 min
1.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) @ 0 min
2.00oz Amarillo (8.5%) dry hop for seven days

Looking at the recipe I think I might have too many different grains, especially with the Wheat, Cara-Pils, and Victory combination. Based on what I wanted to achieve, I think there is some over lap. Once I bottle, I will know for sure.

The brew day went smooth. I was joined at various times by Chuck and Dave, sharing some home brew with each made the time pass quite quickly. The beer was busy fermenting this morning. I should be trying this one out in about a month. Enjoy!

2012-02-12 – Bottled, ended up with 27 bombers.

2012-03-07 – Tasted and reviewed.

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