Brown Ale

Brown ale is a close relative of pale ale. Aside from the obvious colour difference, brown ales are slightly maltier than the pale ales but are less aggressively hopped. The water used for brewing traditional brown ale is chalky, and this hardness in the water tends to accentuate the hop’s bitter qualities.

Brown ales are relatively low-gravity beers that yield low alcohol content after quick fermentations. Chocolate malt is used to impart the brown colour and chocolaty palate. Some brewers add small quantities of molasses or brown sugar to lend other flavour and aroma nuances. The nose may also hint of fruit and toffee like aromas.

The brown ale category includes a sub-style known as English mild. This working class favorite, though made with the same principle ingredients, is of even lower gravity, lower alcohol and lower carbonic content, making it the perfect session beer.


  • 2,5kg NFP Superfine Malt
  • 100g Cracked Black Malt
  • 500g Cracked Crystal Malt
  • 500g Treacle Sugar
  • 80g Southern Brewer Hop Pellets
  • 1 x Safale Alt Beer Yeast
  • 1 x Beer Yeast Nutrient
  • 1 x Brewing Salts
  • 1 x Finings

Start S.G approximately 1048
Final S.G 1010

Take the crushed crystal & black malt place in a stocking & simmer on the stove for 30 minutes in 3-4 liters of water and then remove. Place your hops in a stocking & add to the black malt water simmer 10 minutes. Leaving the stocking in the water add the superfine malt, beer yeast nutrient, brewing salts & simmer 15 minutes. Remove the hop stocking and squeeze thoroughly. Put the treacle sugar in the brewing bucket, pour the wort into the brewing bucket & mix thoroughly with the wort. Fill up to 22 liters with cold tap water. Wait until temperature drops to 20 degrees Celsius and take S.G reading. Add yeast and leave to ferment. When final S.G reading is reached boil finings with 150ml water and pour gently over the brew. Leave 48 hours and bottle.

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