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Beekeeper's Brown

Classification: brown ale, honey brown, J.W. Dundee's, extract

Source: Jim Graham (, HBD #1738, May 23, 1995

It's been quite a while since I've had a good recipe to post to the digest, but this one definitely deserves to be passed along! This one is for the extract brewers---I'm limited by space, $$$, etc. (mostly space), and still brew from certain kits (i.e., the ones I really like) every now and then.

Comments: medium bodied brew, nice full flavor, and generally a very nice brown. I'd like to think that I'll be able to save some for when my mom and step-father (who is from England) arrive in town next month, but I'm not so sure that's going to happen.

I'm not sure how I found time to brew this one during that time period (I was busy working on a huge network upgrade at work, which I'm glad to say went extremely well!), but I'm glad I did!

Not too long ago, I decided to brew a brown ale using, along with the standard stuff for the kit, honey. The result is every bit as good as I'd hoped. I hope you'll enjoy it, too. Basically, I took the Ironmaster Brown Ale kit, used corn sugar instead of malt (I was feeling really cheap that day), and added honey. I call it Beekeeper's Brown, and it goes something like this:



Started Sun 30 April, O.G.: 1.045
Bottled Sun 14 May, F.G.: 1.000 (*)

Sampled today, 21 May, and it's already *VERY* nice! (*) It needed that full two weeks---as usual with honey, the fermenting started very early, went full steam for a long, long time, and went very much to completion.