BrewBlog: Waco Kid Brown Ale
Specifics
Reference
Style:
Brewer: Geoff Humphrey
Brew Date: December 16, 2007
Tap Date: March 1, 2008
Yield: 5.0 gallons
Reference
Color (SRM/EBC):
19.2/37.9
Bitterness (Calc): 57.4 IBU
BU/GU: 0.9
Calories: 209 (12 ounces)
Conditioning: Keg
ABV: 7.1%
ABW: 5.5%
Batch No: 34-2007
OG: 1.064
OG (Plato): 15.67° P
FG: 1.011
FG (Plato): 2.81° P
Real Extract: 5.14° P
App. Atten.: 82%
Real Atten.: 67.2%
General Information
Method: All Grain
Cost: 31.50

Recipe derived from Brewing Classic Styles (pg. 143) - American Brown Ale. Adjusted for a 5 gallon batch. Named after Gene Wilder's character in the 1974 classic Mel Books western parody Blazing Saddles.

Single infusion at 154°. Ferment at 67°. Carbonate from 2 to 2.5 volumes.

Hop prices have gone up nearly 40% in the last two months. Otherwise, this brew would have cost around $25 - still a bit more expensive than my usual $20-23 (without purchasing yeast).

Comments

Had a stuck mash when I tried to runoff. Trickled out as much as I could over the course of an hour. Took grain out of tun and wrapped the tubing with a grain bag...cleared things right up. Sparge was a breeze. Added about an hour on to my brew day, though.

Cooled to pitching temp, took gravity reading, and pitched yeast from a slurry. Set in the new "brew closet" to ferment (December 16, 2007). Ambient temperature in the brew closet was a bit too cool - around 61°. Moved the carboy to another location where the temperature will be 65-68° (December 18, 2007).

Scale Recipe
Enter desired final yield (volume):
 gallons  
Reference
Malts and Grains
9.25 pounds 74% of grist
0.75 pounds 6% of grist
1.00 pounds 8% of grist
1.00 pounds 8% of grist
0.50 pounds 4% of grist
12.50 pounds 100% of grist
Reference
Hops
1.60 ounces 7.8% Pellets @ 60 minutes
Type: Bittering
Use: Mash
12.5 AAUs
1.00 ounces 4.8% Pellets @ 15 minutes
Type: Bittering and Aroma
Use: Boil
4.8 AAUs
1.00 ounces 6.5% Pellets @ 10 minutes
Type: Aroma
Use: Boil
6.5 AAUs
1.00 ounces 6.5% Pellets @ 0 minutes
Type: Aroma
Use: Boil
6.5 AAUs
1.00 ounces 7.0% Pellets @ 0 minutes
Type: Aroma
Use: Dry Hop
7 AAUs
5.60 ounces Total Hop Weight 37.3 AAUs
Reference
Yeast
White Labs California Ale (WLP001) — Liquid — 35 ml.
Mash
Mash Type: Infusion
Mash PH: 5.2
Grain Amt. 12.5 pounds
PPG: 25.92
Efficiency: 81.1%
Grain Temp. 70° F
Sparge Amt. 4.25 gallons
Sparge Temp. 167° F
Step Description Temp. Time
Infusion Got a stuck runoff. Improvised. 153° F 60 min.
2nd Infusion Lengthened infusion to 90 minutes. 156° F 30 min.
Sparge 167° F 20 min.
Procedure
  • Single infusion mash at 154°
  • Sparge with 3.5 gallons of 168° water
  • Total boil time: 60 minutes
    • Add hops according to schedule
  • Cool wort to pitching temperature (67°)
  • Pitch yeast
Fermentation
Primary: 7 days @ 68° F
Secondary: 7 days @ 68° F
Age: 28 days @ 55° F
Tasting Reviews
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Bottle Label
Awards & Competitions
Entry Name: Waco Kid Brown Ale
Competition: National Homebrewer's Competition
Date: Apr 11, 2008
Style: American Brown Ale
Place: 3rd (Bronze)
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