Northern English Brown

Andy asked if I wanted to do a double brew day at his house. Naturally I said yes. Andy would be brewing a Cream Ale and I chose to brew a Northern English Brown. Both of these are a departure from what the two of us have brewed in the past and in my case, this is one I have wanted to brew for a few years. It is a fairly straight forward recipe and I would be using the Thames Valley Ale II yeast that I washed from the Tamesis which turned out to be an amazing beer. I have never washed yeast before so fingers are crossed.

March 19, 2017

Northern English Brown – 13 gallon

Brewers – Charles, Andy, Rob

Grain Bill

  • 17 lbs. Maris Otter
  • 1 lb. 8 oz. Chocolate
  • 1 lb. Crisp Crystal Light
  • 1 lb. Crystal 40

Hop Bill

  • 2 oz. Challenger pellet 6.8% – 60 mins.
  • 2 oz. Fuggles pellet 4.9% – 30 mins.


  • wYeast Thames Valley Ale II

Calculated Stats

  • OG: 1.046
  • FG: 1.01
  • IBU: 27.6
  • SRM: 21.5
  • ABV: 4.8%

Single Infusion, Medium Body

Mash In: 7 gallons @ 170˚

Step Temp: 152˚ hold for 60 mins. Dead on.

Mash Out: 3 gallons @ 180˚

Step Temp: 168˚ hold for 10 mins. This one got away from me. Did not hit mash out temp.

Vorlauf and begin run-off. Beautiful dark brown. Maybe back off on the Chocolate a little.

Gravity is looking high so collected 18 gallons.

Boil: 60 mins. Add hops per Hop Bill above.

Because of timing with Andy’s beer with the chiller, I extended the boil to about 75 minutes.

Chilled, whirlpool, settle, transfer.

OG: 1.049

Oxygenate and pitch yeast after driving home from Andy’s.

13 gallons in fermenter. Yeast starter brings it to almost 14 gallons.

That night and Monday morning, no activity at all in airlock. Lid does not look seated properly. Re-seat the lid before going to work.

Monday night a steady bubble. I feel better now.

Really looking forward to this beer. Really curious about how this washed yeast does.

March 26, 2017

Racked to secondary. Attempted to wash yeast again. This time, the yeast did not separate from the traub very well. 2 days later I flushed it. Still have 1 mason jar of Thames Valley Ale II yeast from the Tamesis.

April 4, 2017

Racked about 9 gallons to 2, 5 gallon kegs.

FG = .013 (predicted .010). However, I broke my hydrometer so this is using a new one. Could be off a bit. Gonna just call this 4.5% abv.

Samples tastes right but a bit on the thin side. Still, gonna be an easy drinker with good flavors. Should be a hit with the Crawfish Boil crowd.

Will bottle remaining 4.5 gallons Thursday night.










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