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Janets Brown Ale - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)
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(Makes 5 gallons) This recipe is from our good friend Mike "Tasty" McDole. He is one of the best homebrewers we know. Mike has won many awards with this beer, and in 2004 it was the National Homebrew Competition gold medal winner for its category.

Mike tells us the most important critique he ever received was from his late wife, Janet. She really loved this brown ale. This was her favorite. Brew this beer and make a toast to the memory of Janet. MoreBeer! will donate a $1 from each kit sale to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Cancer Foundation.

Estimated Original Gravity:1.060-1.065
SRM (Color Range: 20-25
IBU's: 55-65
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6-6.5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags or yeast. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.
Item # KIT154
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 14LBS
ABV %6.5
Beer StyleBrown
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessHigh (46-70ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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sounds awesome
Bruce G on Feb 1, 2018
sounds awesome
Bruce G on Feb 1, 2018

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Great brown!
Finished this beer about 4 weeks ago and I love the way it turned out. I ended up dry hopping the beer for about 6 days (I think the recipe said 3-7 days) before bottling and it gave this beer such a great boost of aroma. It tastes great, smells great, and definitely going to be a repeat in the future. Cant go wrong with this recipe. I oxygenated with pure O2 for the first time (christmas present) for about a minute and a half, and pitched two packs of white labs California at 70F and it had one of the most intense fermentations to date. Had to place on blow off for 2 days as my air lock was inundated with Krausen which foamed out all over the sides of the fermenter! Temps were kept constant at 68-70F.

If you're interested in making a brown, this one will make you and everyone who you share it with happy.
February 19, 2016
Tasty rules
Loved this beer, and so did everyone else who got to try it. We modified the recipe slightly (to copy the original recipe closer). So in our modified recipe, we actually added 0.5 oz of northern brewer to the mash so that only 1.5 oz northern brewer was added at 60 minutes, and left out a small amount of LME (our ABV was 6.3) Tasting of the wort was amazingly good. Tasting post carbonation was malty, hoppy, very very good. Really really good recipe, would buy it again.
May 28, 2015
This is one of my favorite beers to brew.
I brew this often to keep it on tap as much as possible. Everyone loves to drink this up, it's a great flavorful brown ale.
May 5, 2015
Brewed this one time & I am hooked. I offered to friends who had a choice of other beers & they preferred this great tasting ale instead. I am brewing it again as its a great beer that is very smooth & bold in flavor.
February 25, 2015
Base for pumpkin ale
Shop was out of pumpkin ale so they recommended this as a base. I added 15 oz. canned organic pumpkin, and spices based on online recipe. It was good but the pumpkin flavor was lost in the other ingredients. Still very drinkable.
May 17, 2014
Increase in price!!
One of my favorites but it just went up $8 in the last month! Was $35 now its $43 - Thats a huge increase - I should increase my rates by 25% - I would be doing pretty well.

Great beer but disapointed to see it go up so much
November 18, 2013
Response from MoreFlavor
I just noticed the increase, i am also shocked and bummed :(
December 14, 2017
Tom H
Response from MoreFlavor
I just noticed the increase, i am also shocked and bummed :(
December 22, 2017
Tom H
Wasn't able to get a rolling boil on my electric stove top the first time around and had some nasty DMS. Second time was great! Thinking about adding some coffee.
June 13, 2013
Wonderful beer
This is great beer. I intend to brew this again and maybe several more times.
May 28, 2013
My 1st high gravity brew
Only my 3rd brew experience, and boy was I rewarded! Nice hoppy brown ale. Very violent onset of fermentation, 10 days in Primary, racked to Secondary and added dry hops. 10 days in Secondary, then racked to Tertiary carboy. 14 days in Tertiary carboy, then bottled. Yield: 7.6% ABV, "a dry beer".
May 28, 2013
Awesome Recipe
This is a great beer. After hearing about it constantly on The Brewing Network, I had to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. Going to try it as an all-grain next.
May 6, 2013