Brushfire Smoked Brown Ale

Brew DateJune 21, 2014
Yield5 gallons
Original Gravity (OG)1.066
Final Gravity (FG)1.016
Estimated ABV*6.5625 %


1 lbs. Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, .5 lbs. Briess Victory, .25 lbs. English Dark Crystal, .25 lbs English Chocolate Malt, 6 lbs. Amber LME, 2 lbs. Wheat DME, 2 oz. Kent Goldings (bittering), 1 oz. UK Fuggles (aromatic), Safale US-05


This was an extract kit from Midwest Homebrewing Supply. The recipe is available online here.

Brew Notes

I steeped the grains for 20 minutes in 3 gallons of water. Generally did not deviate from the recipe instructions. I gave it the four or so weeks in the secondary and bottled it with about a month before a wedding party. The gravity reading went up from the secondary (@ 1.016) to the final reading (@ 1.020). I got a new hydrometer since I accidently broke the one I used for the OG measurement, which could explain the difference or chalk it up to human error.

Tasting Notes

I wasn’t sure what to expect, the online reviews said this would taste like a campfire in your mouth. To some degrees that was accurate, but it doesn’t completely define the beer. This would pair well with bacon and was very drinkable. I brought the whole batch along with some others to a wedding party and it was completely gone before the night was over.