Wild Root Brown Ale
For 5.5 gallon, all-grain recipe
10.5 lb Pale Ale Malt
.875 lb Caramel 80
0.25 lb Special B
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt
0.25 lb Chocolate Wheat
1 lb Wild Rice
0.5 oz Cascade whole hops, 5% a.a. (60 min)
0.5 oz Galena whole hops, 13% a.a. (60 min)
0.5 oz Nugget leaf hops, 14.1% a.a. (0 min)
1/4 tsp Super Moss HB (10 min)
Wyeast 1056 American Ale
2 tbs Dandelion Root Granules (secondary)
Original Specific Gravity: 1.051
Final Specific Gravity: 1.014
- Steep the wild rice with 0.5 gallons of 155° F water for a minimum of 15 minutes in a second kettle or large pot. You may consider grinding the rice with a mill or coffee grinder to increase contact area with the rice, to bring out more flavor and body. Bring to a boil for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. The rice/water mixture should get gummier as the rice absorbs the liquid.
- Meanwhile in your brew kettle, mash the other grains at 153° F for 60 minutes. Shoot for a mash thickness of around 1.5 quarts per pound of grain.
- Halfway through the 60 minute mash, add the finished rice/water mixture. Mix well and continue to mash.
- Sparge with 170° F water and collect enough wort for a post-boil, fermenter volume of 5 to 5 1/2 gallons.
- Bring the wort to a boil and add 0.5 oz Cascade whole hops and 0.5 oz Galena whole hops. Boil for 60 minutes.
- At the end of the boil add 0.5 oz Nugget leaf hops for aroma.
- Cool the wort to around 70° F and pitch the yeast.
- Ferment between 60-72° F until fermentation is complete.
- At the end of fermentation, add 3/4 cup of prepared dandelion root tea using roasted dandelion root granules. To prepare the tea, soak the granules in the 3/4 cup of water for approximately 24 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator, similar to a cold-pressed coffee. This will cut back on the potential astringency associated with a typical hot-brewed coffee.
- Once the dandelion root tea is added to the finished beer, bottle or keg. Aim for a carbonation level of 2.5 volumes of carbon dioxide. This beer should be enjoyed fresh.
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