Pecan Brown Ale
Recipe Date: September, 2013
Type: AHS Toasted Pecan Brown Ale (11C)
Specialty Grains: 1/2 lb Biscuit Malt, 1/4 lb Special Roast Malt, 1/4 lb Chocolate Malt, 1/4 lb Crystal 40L Malt, 1/2 lb Maris Otter Malt
Extract: 7 lb Extra Pale Extract
60 Minute Hops: 1 oz Kent Golding (Alpha 7.2, Beta 2.6)
15 Minute Hops: 1/2 oz Fuggle (Alpha 4.5, Beta 2.8)
5 Minute Hops: 1/2 oz Fuggle
Yeast: White Labs - British Ale 005
OG/FG: 1.048 / 1.010 (4.9 % Alcohol)
When I purchased this pecan brown ale recipe, I overlooked the 1 lb. of roasted pecans that was supposed to be added at the conditioning phase. As a substitute, I bought a small bottle of pecan extract flavoring and, with giving it a second thought, dumped the entire contents of the bottle in the conditioning keg. The recipe called for 7 lb. of Maris Otter Extract, but the homebrew supply was out of it, so we substituted 7 lb. of Extra Pale Extract.
I'm not sure how sweet this pecan brown ale would have been if I hadn't added the entire bottle of pecan extract, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been as sweet as this brew turned out. After serving it to several people, I received comments like, "This tastes like a pecan pie"; "Is this a desert beer?" There was nothing wrong with this brew, except that is was too sweet for most people. It became known as the Pecan Pie Ale.