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2018 Community Brew Day – Brew Session Notes

On October 20th, 2018, these Brew Dudes brewed up a Brown Ale as a part of our Community Brew. If you missed our live stream, here is the video:

John’s Brewing Notes

I tried to follow the recipe as best I could. There were a few items I could not get in time for the brew session.

11 pounds Golden Promise malt
8 ounces of Briess Special Roast malt
8 ounces of Crystal malt – 60°L (This is different from the recipe)
5 ounces of Chocolate malt – 450°L

1.5 ounces of East Kent Goldings hops – 60 minutes to go in the boil
1 ounce of East Kent Goldings hops – 10 minutes to go in the boil

2 smack packs of Wyeast 1098 British Ale yeast. Smacked and allowed to swell for 4 hours before pitching.

9 US gallons of distilled water. 4 gallons used for mash. I added 2 grams of Gypsum and 4 grams of Calcium Chloride to this volume of water as I heated it for the mash. I made sure to stir it well so that it dissolved into the full volume.

An additional 2 grams of Gypsum and 4 grams of Calcium Chloride was added to the beginning of the boil.

I mashed at 152° F for 60 minutes. I collected 2 gallons of wort and added that to my brew kettle. The remaining 5 gallons of water was used to sparge the grains and collect an additional 5 gallons of wort for a total pre-boil volume of 7 gallons. The grains were really clumpy – I had to work to get them properly hydrated.


I boiled for 60 minutes, adding the hops when dictated above.

Wrap Up:
After the boil, I chilled the wort down to 65° F and transferred it to my cleaned with PBW and sanitized with StarSan 7 gallon glass carboy.

My final volume in the fermentor was 5 gallons as I had about a half gallon left in the kettle, which was mostly trub and hop debris.

The one oversight (and if I cared more, I would have made adjustments) is that Mike’s recipe called for collecting 6.5 gallons AT THE END OF THE BOIL. My 9 gallon kettle doesn’t really allow me to do that so I just brew it as such.

Please note this instruction if you care.

I believe not following this procedure is why my original gravity is so much higher than anticipated:

Predicted Original Gravity was 1.049. My recorded original gravity is 1.061.

My brown ale is going to be a bit stronger than the style calls for. We’ll shall see if it affects the taste.

We’ll be talking about this beer soon. If you want to be a part of the community brew, drop us a line. Find our contact page on the blog.


Brut IPA Brewed From An Extract Kit

Have you heard of this style yet? According to a few Google searches, Brut IPA originated from a brew dude named Kim Sturdavant, the head brewer of San Francisco’s Social Kitchen and Brewery. Mike and I had heard of the style and we were interested in brewing it ourselves.

When I saw a kit was available on Northern Brewer, I jumped at the chance to buy it so I could try it out. It was a low effort way to source all the ingredients and step-by-step process. Watch as we tasted and discuss the details of this Brut IPA brewed from an extract kit.

Ingredients In The Kit

I swear I bought an all grain kit but when it arrived at my house, I was surprised to find malt extract when I opened the box.

The kit came with:

  • 6 pounds of Gold malt syrup
  • 1 pound of Golden Light dry malt extract (DME)

I’ll tell ya, I do not like liquid malt extract. I find it hard to work with during the brew process and it makes for beers that are darker in color than what you’re aiming for.

This style is supposed to be very light in color. I knew that wasn’t going to the case as I was racking the wort into the fermentor.

Here are the hops with the instructions of when to add them to the brewing process:

  • 2 oz Nelson Sauvin (10 min hop stand)
  • 2 oz Hallertau Blanc (10 min hop stand)
  • 1 oz Nelson Sauvin (dry hop)
  • 1 oz Hallertau Blanc (dry hop)

For the hop selection, my preference would be to use other varieties to get the fruitiness that this style deserves. I went with the what the kit gave me.

The unique ingredients to this kit are the enzymes that came with it.

  • Amylase Enzyme
  • Amyloglucosidase Enzyme

These two are added at different times in the brewing process to aid in the breaking down of starches to sugars, make the yeast really happy, and dry out the beer.

Beer Tasting Notes

Mike seemed to get some of the tropical notes from it, but that was only after he mentioned the aroma of “orange powder from macaroni and cheese”. The color was off and the hops may not have been our favorites but this style is one that we think homebrewers should try.

For sure, I will be brewing this style again using grains not extract, other hop varieties, and a different yeast strain or at least a powerful punch of yeast to have a strong ferment.

Brew On!

Homegrown Cascade Hops SMaSH Beer Tasting

All told, between these Brew Dudes and one of the Dudes’ brother, we have 7 different hop varieties growing in our yards. The 2018 harvest was a bountiful one and it has given us the opportunity to brew beers with just one hop in them. A few weeks ago, I brewed a SMaSH with Chinook hops. This time around, we taste a beer with only homegrown Cascade hops.

Some Hops Notes

These hops came from my brother’s backyard. I went over his house on Labor Day weekend and we picked them all off the bines. When I left, my five gallon bucket was halfway full. Once the drying was done, I had 6 ounces of Cascade to use for my brew

Cascade SMaSH recipe

For a 5 gallon batch.

10 pounds of Crisp Maris Otter Malt

2 ounces of homegrown Chinook hops at 60 minutes to go in the boil
4 ounces of homegrown Chinook hops at flameout/whirlpool for 20 minutes

1 packet of Danstar Nottingham Ale Dry Beer Yeast

Brewing Details:
Mashed at 155°F
Boiled for 60 minutes
Fermented at 68°F for 7 days
Racked to keg and carbonated

Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV: 4.73%

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Cloudy, with a light amber to copper color. It has a white persistent head with some lacing on the sides.

Aroma: There is a nutty, earthy quality to the aroma. Mike said it was like a Brazil nut.

Flavor: There is a strange, enhanced malt like quality to the beer. The flavor had a diesel quality to it. Beyond that, there was a small amount of fruit character to it. It wasn’t citrus notes but rather a pineapple/plum thing. Clearly, this hop took on a bunch of the terrior of my brother’s back yard.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was medium. We feel like the hops and yeast added a full malty quality. The Maris Otter gave the beer a good foundation but the rest of the ingredients brought a fullness.

Overall Impression: I don’t think I had enough hops to really brew a beer that let the hop shine. In my experience, I need a half pound of hops at minimum to get something going in the aroma and flavor of the finished beer. I still wanted to see what these hops could do even with the amount I had. Experimentation is a big part of my homebrewing and it should be a part of yours too – once you get to a certain level of experience.

Thanks for reading and brew on!

2018 Community Brew Swap Details

Are you getting pumped for this year’s community brew? What’s that? You don’t know what that is? Well, let me tell you.

It’s a chance to brew a beer with other homebrewers around the world and have a chance to swap it.

If you want to get caught up – here’s the announcement and here’s the recipe.

Now – on to the details!

The Official Date for the 2018 Brew Dudes Community Brew

If you want to join the fun along with us, we are brewing the Brown Ale on Saturday, October 20, 2018. It will be happening some time during the day Eastern USA time.

If that date is a no-go for you, it should not be a show stopper. If you like to participate, any brew day between now and the end of October should work well.

We plan to live stream on that day so watch your YouTube alerts for a notification from us.

What Do You Mean By Community Brew?

That’s a good question. Thanks for asking.

As Mike and I put out these videos, we thought a lot about what viewers were getting out of them. Mike is often critical about everything and questioned why anybody would like watching two dudes drinking their own beer.

I noted that comment and we discussed ways of making better connections with the people who watched our videos. We thought about how it would be nice to share the beer we are drinking on camera with everyone (of legal age) who is watching.

Noting that sending beers to everyone is not possible, we decided upon the next best thing.

Wouldn’t it be great to put out a recipe so people could drink our beer? They don’t even have to watch our videos while doing it.

Plus, we have viewers from all over the world. Wouldn’t it be great to connect with people from different countries?

So the community brew is a chance to be a part of a larger brewing event with the ultimate goal of sharing it with others.

How Do I Swap?

If you would like to be a part of the swap, use the email on our contact page. Send us an email that has a subject line relating to the community brew swap and send us your address and a phone number. Many shipping companies require a phone number for shipping so providing one will be needed.

We will be using this information for the swap only.

Once I have your information, I will pair you up with someone who lives close to you. From there, you can work out details on how to exchange Brown ales.

Any Other Community Brew Notes

If you want to alter the recipe, you can. I would take notes on what you did different and why. It will be helpful with anyone you swap with to share the details.

This year, we would like to collect photos and/or videos of your homebrew day. Send them to us and we’ll splice them together for a future video.

If you have any other questions, please let us know.


2018 Brew Dudes Community Brew Recipe

If you been following this blog and watching our YouTube videos, you know that we announced our 2018 community brew!

We put out three choices of beer styles for the community brew and we let you choose one of them.

You voted and we noted.

The winner is: British Brown Ale!

The 2018 Community Brew Recipe

This Brown Ale is inspired by Northern English Brown recipes. It is a little richer, a little darker, and a touch more robust than a classic Newcastle Brown Ale.

We formulated this all grain recipe for a 5 gallon batch. We added percentages for other batch sizes.

11 pounds of Golden Promise Malt – 2°L (89% of bill)
5oz Chocolate Malt – 450°L* (3% of bill)
8oz Med Crystal Malt – 55°L (4% of bill)
8oz Special Roast – 50°L (4% of bill)

*See video for notes on Chocolate Malt.


1.5 ounces of East Kent Goldings hops – 5% AA (added with 60 minutes left in the boil)
1.0 ounce of East Kent Goldings hops – 5% AA (added with 10 minutes left in the boil)


Wyeast 1968 – London ESB or similar strain


Mash at 152° F for 60 minutes. Collect enough wort for 6.5 gallons at end of boil.

Predicted Outcomes

Calculated bases on a 70% Mash Efficiency
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBUs: 30
Color: 16.3° SRM
ABV (depending on attenuation): 4.6%

Notes on Water

Water Profile should favor 2:1 or 1.5:1. Chloride to Sulfate ratio.
We aren’t providing specifics in terms of measurements since it is system and process dependent for grams added of each salt.

That’s the recipe for our Brew Dudes Brown Ale. We will follow up next week with the scheduled brew day and instructions on how to be a part of the swap.


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