Dragon Spit II Brown Ale
Brewed: 06/26/2010 Bottled: 07/10/2010
Another 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
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
from a combination of
Brewing Network's Moose Drool Clone and D-Rock's
Moose Drool Clone. I hopped it up with columbus and goldings
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
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 |
||American Brown Ale
||47.6 IBU (Rager)
||Alcohol by Volume
||5.82 % |
|BU : GU
||% or IBU|
|3 lbs 8.0 oz
||Briess Pilsen Light LME (2.0 SRM)
||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80-92L (85.0 SRM)
||Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM)
||Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)
||Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min)
||Columbus [14.20 %] (30 min)
||Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (15 min)
||Williamette [5.50 %] (10 min)
||Cinnamon Stick (Boil 5.0 min)
||Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min)
||Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min)
||Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM)
||SafeAle American Ale (Fermentis #US-05)
Mash ProfileRecipe Notes
Steep grains as desired (30-60 minutes)
grains, and prepare to boil wort
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
Batch prime with 2.25 oz sugar. Condition for 2 - 4 weeks.