Newcastle Brown Ale Clone

Brown Ales are great beers for when you get off work and you want to pop something open.  This recipe is very much like Newcastle, I stumbled upon this one years ago and it has pretty much stayed true to the original recipe that I made.  If you are just getting into brewing your own beer, Brown Ale’s are great beers to start off with.  They are simple in flavor as well as ease of making, and most people have tried one before so you can usually calibrate if it’s actually good or not.  What I personally like about Brown Ales are that they not a polarizing beer.  Most people that enjoy beer can appreciate a brown ale.  Brown Ales are a British style beer, it has a nutty flavor to it with a little fruity ester to it as well.  If you are an all-grain brewer, use M.O for your base malt. Conversion is here.


2 oz 60L

2 oz Chocolate Malt

1 oz Black Pat

5.75 lbs Light DME

.67 oz Target Hops (6.5 AAU 60min)

.5 oz Kent Goldings (3.35 AAU 15min)

WLP 005 or Safale 04


OG: 1.050

FG: 1.012

IBU: 26

SRM: 23

ABV: 4.7

Yield: 5 Gallons

Boil: 60 min


  • Heat 2.5 gallons of water up to 150 degrees
  • Steep grains for 30min
  • Take out grains
  • Add malt extract in pot, bring to boil
  • In the beginning of the boil add target hops
  • Boil for 45 min
  • Add kent golding hops
  • Boil for 15 min
  • End boil
  • Cool down, fill up to 5 gallons, pitch yeast
  • Let ferment for 7 days
  • Use 1.25 cups of DME or 3/4 cup of corn sugar for priming
  • Let sit in bottles for 3 weeks before you drink.



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What Are AAUs & How Do I Calculate Them?

Sometimes with beer recipes you’ll see next to the hops a number followed by AAU.  If you are new with the world of brewing it’s understandable that you might not have a clue what this means.  An example is below:

5 lbs Light DMe

6 AAUs Fuggle (60min)

10 AAUs Kent Goldings (15min)

Safale 04

What the AAU is referring to is the weight and the alpha acid of that particular hop.

How to get the AAU’s you use this formula:

AAU = Weight (oz) * % Alpha Acids (whole number)

Calculating AAUs for a recipe is a way to ensure that your beer will remain at the same level of hoppyness from batch to batch.  It’s a nice calculation to use because, hops acidity changes from year to year.  Also if you had to substitute hops ever this measurement  will allow you to get a more accurate approach on the bitterness of the hop.

Going back to the example,  if we know AAU and we then know alpha acid (4.2% for Fuggle) and we plug those numbers in it looks like this:

6AAU (Fuggle Hops) = oz * 4

We just need to change around the formula to better fill our needs which is to find out how many ounces we need for this particular recipe.  It would look like this:

oz = (AAU/Alpha Acid)  

Again we just put back the numbers into the formula and plug away:

oz = (6/4)

1.5 oz 

To check our math just put it back in the original formula.

AAU = oz * alpha acid

6 = 1.5 * 4


We would need 1.5 oz of fuggles at 4.2% to get the, “correct” level of bitterness out of the beer.


The reason why using AAUs for your recipe can be helpful is that even if the crops alpha acid changes from year to year, by using AAUs as your measurement rather than just ounces it will allow you to get a more consistent beer when making repeats.  Hope you enjoyed.


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Saint Patrick’s Day Beer Recipes

If you are like me, the week before Saint Patrick’s  Day I’m making my beer because of bad planning.  Well not this year!  I’ve been planning out this one for a while.

This year is different.  I’ve marked this beer down for a while thanks to the brewing calendar.  If you want to know, Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17th this year, a Saturday.  Pretty much my favorite holiday along with Fat Tuesday (Feb 21st this year) but I digress.  Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, as seen in the picture below.

(Guy lost in woods with weird hat trying to be accepted as Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day)

So getting back to it, we need to be thinking about the beer that we are going to be making.  It really gets easy for this holiday, you either have and Irish Red, or a Dry Stout.

For the Dry Stout I already have a recipe up about this one.  Just don’t use the whiskey and it’s still going to be pretty stand up.  Or use Irish whiskey instead. Also if you are going all-grain, use the conversion chart and just convert the LME or the DME.


But what I can tell you is that I am going to be making this Irish Red.  I love this recipe.  It’s one of my classics that I make.  What I really like about this recipe is that in the stores, it’s really hard to get a good Irish Red.  This recipe makes the Sam Adams Irish look like it’s amateur hour.  A little cocky? Try the recipe and I’m sure you’ll agree.  If you don’t, well, I’m one man –  I can’t save the world…

Irish Red:

OG: 1.056

FG: 1.011

SRM: 16

IBU: 33

ABV: 5.9%


6.6 lbs LME Golden Light

1.0 lb Biscuit Malt

2 oz Chocolate Malt

8 oz CaraMunich

8 oz Cara Foam

1 oz Fuggle (60min)

1 oz Fuggle (30min)

.5 oz Kent Goldings (15min)

.5 oz Kent Goldings (5min)

WLP 004 or WLP 002 WLP023 Safale 04 – any of these work


Take the grains and steep in 2.5 gallons of water at 150 degrees for 30min.  Take out after 30min.  Add malt extract and bring to a boil.  At the begining of the boil add 1 oz of Fuggle hops.  Boil for 30min then add 1 oz of Fuggle hops.  Boil for 15min then add .5 oz of EKG boil for 10 min then add .5 oz of EKG.  Boil for 5 min then kill the boil.

Cool down, pour into fermenter, fill up to 5 gallons and then pitch yeast.

Primary: 1-2 weeks

Bottles: 3-4 Week

Total Time: 6 weeks

Flavor Profile

The biscuit malt really is added to this recipe to mimic that of Maris Otter.  Maris Otter is a base malt that is English, super clean and has a bready flavor to it.  Has a great mouth feel.  Biscuit malt taste exactly as the name describes, like biscuits.

The chocolate malt is added for the color, this will make the beer, “red” in color.

Caramunich, again another bready and sweet type of specialty grain.  This will add some color to the beer.

Carafoam, this is for head retention.

The hop choices are fuggles and east kent goldings.  Both of these are English style hops.  Having this recipe at 33 IBU really doesn’t over power the flavors that come with the beer.  I use these hops in some way in almost all of my beer recipes that are European ale’s.  Love, love, love these hops!


This recipe is one of my favorties as well as one of the most requested ones that I do.  If you are looking at doing it all-grain, just use the conversion table that is in our blog.  

This is just a fantastic beer to make.  And if you start thinking about it now, you won’t be in a rush for Saint Patrick’s day.

Good luck and if you have any comments or suggestions leave them in the space provided below!


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