Jim is looking for one of Jamil’s recipes

If you are a homebrewer, or just a beer lover, I cannot recommend joining the American Homebrewers Association enough. In addition to a subscription to Zymurgy, plenty of discounts to pubs and other places beer lovers are bound to frequent, and also a subscription to Tech Talk, the AHA-only email forum. Now, there are plenty of online homebrew forums, and many of them are great. Tech Talk is one of the best (in my opinion, at least).

I had a question once, shortly after joining the AHA, so I figured I’d give it a try. Within 2 hours of the email going out, I got about 2 responses directly to my email, and another five or so responses came in the next issue of Tech Talk. It was amazing, and it proved, once again, that homebrewers are the best type of people.

So, in that spirit, I have decided to re-publish my responses to other people’s question on Tech Talk here. Hopefully this will help me reach more people, in case anyone has these same questions. With that being said, if you find this useful, you will find many more helpful people on Tech Talk, so join the AHA.

So, a little while ago, a guy named Jim D. asked the kind folks of Tech Talk if we could suggest an extract version of Jamil Zainasheff’s Brown Ale recipe, which was published in Zymurgy in a recent issue. Here is my response:

If you are looking for one of Jamil’s recipes, and you don’t have his book, you can listen to the podcast he did. He went through each recipe in Brewing Classic Styles and discusses it in some pretty good depth, as well as gives out all grain and extract versions of the recipe. The archives listing is at http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/jamil.php. There are actually two episodes on English Brown Ale, one for the southern style, and one for the northern.


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  1. Marc
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I found your .named website again by accident after about a year. Originally, it was to use the multi-location Google maps widget, and same again this time (plotting Fosters Grille locations for my wife). I really appreciate the exercise that you did and that you made it available.

    Fosters’ having been successfully plotted (and noting that none were near enough for a dinner), I looked at your tags and categories. Homebrewing! Cool!

    I’m not a beer drinker, but I’ve been trying to get a do-able (by my amateur hands) Cider. Ever try one of those? Simple as all-get-out, but mine still wind up a bit beery tasting (those that don’t die and just taste swampy). Cider still takes time to heal (about 6 months) and Patience, being a virtue, is in virtually short supply here.

    That, and my wife does not REALLY understand the whole “why do you want to bottle this stuff and put it on the shelf and then make more and put it on the shelf and …”. I would try the shoe argument, but she doesn’t really like to buy shoes, so it’s lost on her.

    I did find a cider I had set up about 5 months ago, and wow, what a difference time makes, but I’m lost the recipe for that vintage and I’m down to the last bottle.

    My latest attempt has been an ultra-simple variation on “Brandon O’s Graff” — a hopped/malted cider recipe from one of the folks at HomeBrewTalk. I leave out everything except adding the DME. My main interest being something that has residual unfermentable sugars that prevent the cider from hitting both PUCKER and BEERY scales.

    Graff is supposed to be drinkable after a couple of weeks instead of 6 months, so I’m trying a couple of rounds at that. After the first attempt, my amateur standing is not in jeopardy.

    In my wife’s defense, I really DO have a lot of un-finished projects, and I’m sure that this looks like another to her. 😉

    Anyway, thanks again, and CHEERS!

  2. Posted November 6, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marc

    I haven’t done much with cider, to be honest, but I would like to try sometime. One of my to-do-before-I-die things is to get a small orchard, and make cider, and all of the other wonderful things apples are good for.

    I have experimented with Apple beers, with some success, though. Check out my post on my New England Apple Ale Recipe if you are interested. I know you said that you aren’t much of a beer drinker, but maybe this will interest you. It should be ready in 3-4 weeks.



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