Fourplay Brown Ale

I had a load ingredients that needed to be used. I noticed that I had exactly 400g of aurora malt, and 400g of brown malt. Hmmm. What if I based this entire beer on the number 4? Turns out that you get a rather nice British-style brown ale.  It finished very dry so the ABV is a bit higher than I expected. I had to split the Taiheke addition, but it still adds up to 40g 🙂

I am totally making this beer again. It was delicious!

Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.051 SG
Original Gravity: 1.054 SG
Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
ABV: 5.8 %
Colour: 23 EBC
BU:GU Ratio: 0.6

Mash water: 20L
Sparge water: 13L


4 kg (43.5%) NZ Ale Malt
400 g (43.5%) Aurora Malt
400 g (43.5%) Brown Malt
400 g (43.5%) Gladiator Malt
400 g (43.5%) Biscuit Malt
400 g (43.5%) Supernova Malt


20 g Taiheke 7.5 %  (20 IBU) @ 60 Min
20 g Taiheke 7.5 %  @ turn off
40 g Motueka 6.4 %  @ turn off

Mash for 60 mins at 67°C.

Sparge and boil for 60 mins. Chill to 18°C before pitching your yeast.

Ferment at 19°C with Fermentis BE-134 (I used 44g to fit with my theme – the yeast was out of date and had been sitting in my fridge).

After 3 days slowly raise the temp to 24°C to help the yeast reabsorb those diacetyl precursors.

Carb to 2.5 volumes and enjoy.

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