Weasel Breweries™ Recipes:
Captain John's Nut Brown Ale™

Back Label Text:
Captain John Brown was the kind of man that inspired people... to do the right thing and end slavery, to create an egalitarian society, to massacre iniquitous Kansans, to capture the U.S. Arms Depot at Harper's Ferry, and finally to hang him. Some called him a saint, others a terrorist, but most agree he was righteous weirdo who didn't know when to quit. We salute the captain with this nutty brown ale. Another Fire-Eating Hoopajoop from the insane Monks of Ann Arbor Abbey.™

Extract and partial mash. Makes 5 gallons. Elapsed Time: 1.5 hours

  • 7 lbs. Amber malt extract
  • 1.5 lbs. cracked British Crystal Malt
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 oz. pelleted Northern Brewer hops (bittering)
  • 0.5 oz. pelleted Fuggles hops (flavoring)
  • 1 oz. pelleted UK Northdown hops (aroma)
  • 1 tsp. Irish Moss (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Yeast nutrient (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Chillguard (optional)
  • 1 package liquid Thames Valley yeast- Wyeast #1275 Thames Valley

In a 30 liter stainless steel brew pot, bring 20 liters cold water to a boil.

Meanwhile, add 5 liters cold water to a 20 liter stainless steel sparge pot. Place specialty grains in muslin or nylon sparging bag and add to water. Begin heating. When temperature reaches 180 F, turn off heat and sparge grains for an additional five minutes. Then, remove bag and squeeze remaining tasty goodness from bag using a collander and a large bowl. Discard grains.

When brew pot reaches boil, begin stirring water and add malt extract. Stirring will prevent the malt extract settling to the bottom of the bot and burning. Next, add the contents of the sparging pot. Stir a few more times for good measure. Inhale.

Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil again. When boiling, the mixture forms a foam layer which can rise out of the pot and burn on your stove. Be careful to avoid this. It is messy and difficult to clean.

Boil the wort for 60 minutes, adding ingredients at the following intervals:

Start of boil: Bittering hops- 1.0 oz. Northern Brewer hops, 1 c. brown sugar

45 minutes: Flavoring hops - 0.5 oz. Fuggles, 1 oz. Goldings hops, Irish Moss, Yeast nutrient

55 minutes: Aroma hops - 1.0 oz. UK Northdown hops

60 minutes: Stop boil.

Cool the wort to 85 F or lower before adding yeast. Cool the wort as quickly as possible to prevent infection. Leave wort in primary fermenter until fermentation subsides (about a week). Leave wort in secondary fermenter for an additional two to three weeks. Bottle and age to taste. (Weasel Breweries recommends a minimum of two months. More is better.)

1st brewing, 12 October 1998.

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Last update: 29 August 2011