Codename : Mountain Portage Brown Alethorpe

In the ongoing Mountain Portage series of beer, this is a do over on my Old Brown Shoe, I cheated by adding brown sugar to bring the ABV up previously. This one is what that one should have been.


  • 1 lb 12 oz Maris Otter malt
  • 2 oz Caramel malt (120L)
  • 2 oz Rye malt
  • 1 oz Roasted barley malt (300L)
  • 0.20 oz East Kent Golding hops at 90 minutes
  • 0.10 oz East Kent Golding hops at 15 minutes
  • ¼ Whirlfloc tablet (optional) at 10 minutes
  • 0.10 oz East Kent Golding hops at 0 minutes
  • 4 ml Nottingham ale yeast

Anticipated IBU : 25
Anticipated ABV : 5.0%
Target OG : 1.050
Target FG : 1,012

Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 65%

 Prepare 6.5L strike water, 154F

Add the milled grains to the bag.

Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 75 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 149 F. Looking for SG 1.037.

Calibrate the sonic screwdriver.

Lift the bag out of the water, and allow it to drip into the pot. Every bit of sugar that can be extracted will benefit the end ABV.

Bring wort up to 205F.

Set the timer for 90 minutes. Add hops and Whirfloc as prescribed above. Looking for SG 1.050.

Sanitise everything required for fermentation.

Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively.

Prepare yeast mixture.

Add wort to the jug. Pitch yeast.

Store in a cool place for primary fermentation for 14-21 days.

Bottling Day

Sanitise everything required for bottling.

Transfer from carboy to bottling pot.

Prepare 19g corn sugar with enough hot water to dissolve it. Add to pot.


Preferably conduct bottle conditioning for at least 3-4 weeks. You can crack one open early, but you might be disappointed. You have been warned.

Brew Notes.

  • Pre-boil SG 1.037, Post-boil SG 1.050
  • From early months of experimental error, I could never hit the pre-boil SG with a 60 minute mash in. I have since experimented with 75 and 90 minute steeps, and got consistent results at 75 minutes, ergo the allotted timing.
  • From my casual reading, brown ales such as this benefit from a 90 minute boil, as opposed to other ales that can usually be done in 60 minutes. You can do your own research, you don’t have to take my word for it.
A pint of brown ale.


Tasting Notes

Sweet well rounded brown ale.


Brew day : 23-Jun-2022
Bottling day : 7-Jul-2022