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Dragon Spit II Brown Ale

Brewed: 06/26/2010   Kegged: 07/10/2010

dragonII.JPGAnother of my regular beers that I wanted to try to make with a non-Mr. Beer recipe was Dragon Spit.  The original Dragon spit was a wonderful example of a beer that really improved when I increased my hop flavor and hop bitterness.  Actually, I was so pleased with the Mr. Beer + Sheppy version of this, that I was a bit hesitant to reformulate it, but I went ahead and tried it anyway.

For the base, I went with the malts from  a combination of The Brewing Network's Moose Drool Clone and D-Rock's Moose Drool Clone.  I hopped it up with columbus and goldings hops just like I did in the original version, keeping the BU:GU ratio about the same.  I also added in the brown sugar and cinnamon of the original to add just a bit of complexity and spiciness.

I brewed this side-by-side with the Mr. Beer recipe to compare.  I do like this one better, but they are close.  For some reason DS1 has more cinnamon flavor.

I was considering trying the Fermentis English Ale Yeast S04, but given my attenuation issues, decided to stay with my US05 for this batch.

Thanks to a miracle product called FermCap, I made this my first full wort boil.  FermCap is a waxy substance that prevents boil overs.  I'm not sure how it works, but it does work.  Who knows if it makes my beer better.


I did a side-by-side-by-side comparison of this with DS1 and Moose Drool.  See the blog entry for how it went.  This is really a wonderful beer.  The cinnamon / hops combination balances out the brown sugar and darkish malts in a way just not quite any other beer I've ever had.  

Dragon Spit II --- cost $17.99

Style American Brown Ale Batch Size 2.40 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   2.86 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.060 SG Estimated FG 1.016 SG
Recipe Bitterness 47.6 IBU (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.82 %
BU : GU   0.792        
Recipe Color 18.9 SRM
Measured OG:    1.060   Measured FG:    1.014
ADF:    76.7%   Measured ABV:    6.0%


Amount Item Type % or IBU
3 lbs 8.0 oz Briess Pilsen Light LME (2.0 SRM) Extract 78.92 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80-92L (85.0 SRM) Grain 11.27 %
2.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 2.82 %
1.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.35 %
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops 22.7 IBU
0.25 oz Columbus [14.20 %] (30 min) Hops 16.4 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops 6.0 IBU
0.25 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (10 min) Hops 2.5 IBU
0.05 oz Cinnamon Stick (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
0.25 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
4.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 5.64 %
1 Pkgs SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05) Yeast-Ale

Mash Profile
Steep grains as desired (30-60 minutes)

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Bring 1 gallon water to 155F - 168F. Add specialty grain in grain sack to water and steep for 30 minutes. Remove grain sack and let drain into wort. Add and boil UME. Add hops and Irish moss at appropriate times. Add cinnamon and brown sugar last 5 minutes of boil.
Remove from heat and add HME. Add to fermentor and pitch yeast as usual.
Ferment 3 weeks.
Batch prime with 2.25 oz sugar. Condition for 2 - 4 weeks.
Brewing Notes:
06/26/2010 Brewing Day esheppy
First full wort boil. Was a little lazy and missed the 10 minute addition, and it became a 7 minute addition. Everything else was "by the book". Cool down took a bit more, but that is expected with more water volume. Not sure what I'll do if I ever start doing 5 gallon batches.
Did a mini-starter with yeast on this batch. 1 cup water 1/4 DME. I forgot to close the spigot as I poured into Tuke, so I lost some beer, but still had to add a bunch of water to get down to the 1.060 OG. I guess it was not a full wort boil after-all. Pitched at about 64. Put in the cooler next to Rutt full of DSI. Excited to try these side-by-side.
Was in with DSII overnight. Fermentation active with lots of kraussen. Temps up to 66/68. Took out Rutt and added a frozen water bottle.
Kraussen overflow. I am surprised since this is only 60 on the OG.
More overflow this morning. Probably the worst ever. Doesn't make sense. Fermentation was pretty cool (at about 65 right now). OG wasn't high at all. Did not overfill. WTH? Think it is slowing down now.
07/10/2010 Bottled esheppy
Bottled with 2.25oz sugar in 1.5 cups water. Pretty good attenuation. Sample was very good. Not quite as much cinnamon brown sugar taste as DSI. Looking forward to trying these two side-by-side-by-side with Moose Drool.
Put into conditioning cooler.
08/01/2010 esheppy
Tried the LB side-by-side-by-side with DS1 and Moose Drool. This is the best. Both the beer model and I agree on that. The only big difference between DS1 and DS2 seems to be the cinnamon flavor. Not sure why this had less than DS2. Might go back to 1/4 tsp and maybe add just a touch of roasted malt next time I make this.
Tweaked the recipe in Beer Smith to go to all-grain. Added in just a touch (1oz) of roasted barley and brought the chocolate malt up to 2oz, reducing the pale chocolate to 1oz. Also removed the willamette hops, changed the cinnamon, and changed the yeast to s-04. All this should move the beer closer to Moose Drool, but I think will still leave the Sheppy Brew flavor that I like.
Put a few in the beer fridge.
Had one for the picture. Wow... this is a great beer. Really has a nice combination of hops cinnamon and the brown sugar mixed with the darkish barley. Love this beer.
09/08/2010 esheppy
Such a wonderfully unique taste. Really enjoy the flavors in this beer.
Drank another. More hop flavor compared to ds1. Detect just a touch of chocolate. Cinammon is much more restrained. Nice beer.
Sadly, these are almost gone. I do love the blend of flavors in this beer. The cinnamon flavor is still there, but I'm not sure I would recognize it as cinnamon unless I already knew that is what it was. Not sure when I'll get to brew this again. Too many batches are already planned.
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