Janet's Brown Ale By Mike "Tasty" McDole | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

Janet's Brown Ale By Mike "Tasty" McDole | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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100% of the proceeds from this kit are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a leading nonprofit in the fight to cure cancer. We have donated over $5,900 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thus far. By buying this kit you are contributing to the fight against cancer.

  • Our Signature Series kits offer a selection of crazy, unique beers developed by MoreBeer! customers, associates, and homebrewing legends!
  • This iconic recipe comes from the late homebrewing legend—and our dear friend—Mike “Tasty” McDole
  • Includes Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Centennial hops
  • Estimated ABV: 6.5%
  • Estimated IBUs: 55-65
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

This recipe comes from the late homebrewing legend—and our dear friend—Mike “Tasty” McDole. Mike is one of the best homebrewers we’ve ever known, and one of our original customers way back when the entire MoreBeer! operation fit inside a storage shed. Aside from brewing many award-winning beers, Tasty helped grow homebrewing as a hobby, and as a community, here in the Bay Area and well beyond. For many years you could walk outside our Concord showroom on a Friday afternoon and see Mike with the tail gate down on his Four Runner a 2.5 gallon keg in hand. We miss those special times.    

Janet’s Brown Ale is the recipe for which Mike won the 2004 National Homebrew Convention gold medal in its category. He once told us the most important critique he ever received was from his late wife, Janet. She really loved this brown ale and it was her favorite of all Mike’s creations. When you’re done brewing this beer, we ask that you raise a glass and toast to the memory of Janet and Mike McDole.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.060-1.065
  • SRM (Color Range): 20-25
  • IBUs: 55-65
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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Ease of use, great results in the past
Vaughn G on Feb 17, 2023
give it a try, proceds go to a good cause
marc d on Mar 17, 2022
Ease of use, great results in the past
Vaughn G on Feb 17, 2023
moms name is janet
Keith L on Apr 1, 2022
give it a try, proceds go to a good cause
marc d on Mar 17, 2022
looked interesting
Ace on Mar 12, 2022
Brewed before, a household favorite
Joan M. B on Feb 8, 2022
I like brown.
Nicholas S on Jan 22, 2022
had it before, really good
gordon s on Jan 10, 2022
My mom's name is janet and my name is Mike lol
James Michael O on Nov 12, 2021
Write up
Mark W on Nov 9, 2021
we wanted to do the same recipe but in both all grain and extract.
Ease of using liquid malt extract
Vaughn G on Aug 3, 2021
Mark P on Jun 25, 2021
Because the proceeds are going to a good cause
John Adams on Apr 16, 2021
Support charity and honor Tasty
Robert M on Apr 13, 2021
KOTW & Money going to good cause.
Robb Denney on Apr 10, 2021
Sounds tasty and I like the recipe with a nice dry hop
landon gellert on Mar 27, 2021
I'm brewing in honor of Mike McDole.
David A on Feb 15, 2021
Love this beer!
Vaughn G on Jan 23, 2021
Family favorite!
Joan M. B on Jan 12, 2021
Looks like a fun one!
Brad Saunders on Jan 6, 2021
RIP Tasty he taught me a lot listening to him on the brewing network
Bill R on Jan 4, 2021
Seems good and a great cause
Anthony N on Dec 28, 2020
looks good, economical
Steven J C on Nov 26, 2020
Great beer and a great cause
Jon B on Nov 13, 2020
solid brew..had it before and will have it again.. wife loves it!
Joan M. B on Sep 15, 2020
Because it tastes very good!
Vaughn G on Aug 25, 2020
I love this beer, and so do my friends!
Vaughn G on Jun 10, 2020
Love the taste.
Vaughn G on Apr 30, 2020
I made it once and it is very good!
Vaughn G on Feb 1, 2020
Wanted a brown ale - sounded interesting
Vaughn G on Nov 25, 2019
Brown ale was my first ever beer kit 6 years ago
Tom Morris J on Nov 22, 2019
Tasty is the best!
Keith L on Sep 14, 2019
Sounds delicious.
S T on Feb 13, 2019
sounded good
John R on Dec 14, 2018
looks like a nice warm beer for winter
Lawrence B on Nov 17, 2018
Love brown ale
Valued C on Oct 23, 2018
Brewed may times and love it.
Keith L on Oct 3, 2018
I like Tasty
Kevin D on Aug 20, 2018
This beer had great reviews. Plus it's a little too early for light summer beers, too late for stout and I hate IPAs.
bryce f on Apr 10, 2018
Made this before and loved it. Not an IPA, but approaching it.
Bob Prislipsky on Apr 9, 2018
Have brewed this before, and it's a real crowd pleaser! Great combination of malt and hop flavors, it has something for every one.
Dan E on Mar 16, 2018
sounds awesome
Bruce G on Feb 1, 2018
moms name is janet
Keith L on Apr 1, 2022
looked interesting
Ace on Mar 12, 2022

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Rated 4 out of 5
2nd Time Making this Recipe...
1st batch was very tasty! Not overly hoppy.

Highly recommend this beer.
2nd batch of JBA
2nd batch of JBA
March 31, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Delicious as always! Love this brew!
April 22, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
Made it for a family party and served it last weekend. Everyone loved it!
June 16, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
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