26.03.2013

#Mashtag Day 2: Malt Bill and ABV

#Mashtag Day 2: Malt Bill and ABV

The votes are in. They have been counted, double counted and many bribes have been turned down in the name of true democracy.

And #Mashtag Day 1 winner is........................Brown Ale. It was close.

Brown Ale 222 votes

IPA 218 votes

Stout 198 votes

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Here is how MashTag Works:

Every day this week we will post a blog at 12 noon offering you 3 options for various elements of the brew. You cast your votes on twitter, on facebook or on our blog.

Monday - Beer Style - decided as Brown Ale.

Tuesday - Malt Bill & ABV

Wednesday - Hops & IBU

Thursday - Special Twist (barrel aged? Dry hopped? Belgian yeast? Addition of a pasturised mouse?)

Friday - Name

Votes need for the malt bill and ABV need to be cast by 1800 GMT. Simcoe will count the votes on his abacus and announce them the following day when we give you the next round of options. So today, you guys need to vote on the ABV and malt bill of the brown ale we are going to brew.

Today's choices are:

4.5% ABV Session Brown Ale

Malt Bill: Wheat, Oats, Amber Malt, Pale Malt, Caramalt

This would be a rock n' roll session interpretation of a brown ale. Using wheat and oats to amp up the body and give it a substantial mouth-feel that bellies it's modest ABV.
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7.5% American Brown Ale

Malt Bill: Caramalt, Amber Malt, Roasted Barley, Pale Malt

An American classic. A toasty palate with some sweetness would provide the perfect base to do some serious damage with a heavy hop profile. Think of this as an Indian Brown Ale.

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10% Imperial Brown Ale

Malt Bill: Brown Malt, Amber Malt, Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Roasted Barley

An imperial monster. 10% and boasting a giant malt bill. This huge beer would be brown ale amplified and the 10% base would provide a huge flavour canvas for the next stage.
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Here is a quick overview of the important the malt bill plays in the brewing process to help you make up your mind on how to cast your all important vote.

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Malt brings many things to a beer - flavour, colour, aroma and the sugar which ultimately creates the alcohol. When mixed with hot water the complex sugars in the malt are broken down and extracted into the liquid.

The amount of malt we use in relation to water, ultimately determines the ABV. More malt in relation to the water = more sugar in the solution = more fermentation = higher alcohol content.

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Here we have some Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Caramalt, De-husked roasted Crystal Malt and Chocolate Malt.

After the mash has converted the starch to sugars and drawn colour, flavour and aroma from the malt we gently add hot water (a process called sparging) to help flush out all this goodness and transfer the sweet solution to our kettle for boiling (more on the boiling process tomorrow).

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Comments

  • American Brown Ale
    Raxta_b27.03.2013
  • session brown!
    Maxbog27.03.2013
  • Session!
    Nicobar27.03.2013
  • IBA !!!!
    Milmook27.03.2013
  • American
    David G27.03.2013
  • American Brown!!
    iDrink27.03.2013
  • Session Brown!!
    low alcohol but full flavor would be more special nowadays.
    midikey26.03.2013
  • American all the way!
    Karlos26.03.2013
  • All three?

    Oh, if I've got to choose, I'll split the difference and go American. Though I'd be happy with any.
    TheBBG26.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale would be great!
    Stew26.03.2013
  • Gotta be Imperial....
    jazzyjeffery26.03.2013
  • American brown ale for me please!
    J.bax26.03.2013
  • Look at that beard! Bowman has got my vote, American FTW
    Lucy Blue26.03.2013
  • Make it American and make my day
    GraemeWally26.03.2013
  • 7,5 %
    Timburr26.03.2013
  • American for sure!
    DannyG26.03.2013
  • Session Brown you Mothers
    JayBartons26.03.2013
  • IBA
    imac26.03.2013
  • Session brown for me dempy!
    Innes26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale lower ABV for a change
    Alex1526.03.2013
  • Imperial brown for me
    discoalla26.03.2013
  • american
    because a beard is a beard
    AR26.03.2013
  • Session please
    Grahamf426.03.2013
  • Imperial brown please
    Ghost26.03.2013
  • IMPERIAL
    IMPERIAL26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale
    seames26.03.2013
  • Session, please.
    Puzzler26.03.2013
  • Imperial sounds pretty tasty
    prc26.03.2013
  • american ale please
    randy26.03.2013
  • 7.5% American Brown Ale
    Tommy26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale for me please!
    Mattias E26.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale please....
    Fatbaldingoldgit26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale
    InPivoVeritas 26.03.2013
  • Am I letting the fact that Bowman is holding the sign sway me? Probably. American please.
    Be in my solo26.03.2013
  • Imperial
    Guy E26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale
    SJLunn26.03.2013
  • Imperial
    stoms26.03.2013
  • American please!
    Hachi26.03.2013
  • American!
    Teomando26.03.2013
  • IMPERIAL brown ale of course!
    steckmeister26.03.2013
  • Imperial brown ale
    Beer Man26.03.2013
  • session brown ale
    gfunk26.03.2013
  • American brown! Not an easy style of beer to find, but they are so good.
    Damo26.03.2013
  • American! Nom nom!
    Ingramator26.03.2013
  • sesh
    Rab26.03.2013
  • Session ale, purely so i can drink lots of it without passing out.
    Stevepage40526.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale
    Chris H26.03.2013
  • I vote for the session brown ale
    Hupsi26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale !!!
    Fran !26.03.2013
  • Session
    MrNutz1326.03.2013
  • Imperial
    jbrewth26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale
    Tulio S26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale
    mbelohorka26.03.2013
  • imperial please, only because I prefer the malt bill, would prefer the abv of American
    Stephanos26.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale
    katieg26.03.2013
  • American Brown!
    Graham Allen26.03.2013
  • I only chose brown ale becausse the woman holding the sign looks like Adrian from Rocky.

    10% Imperial Brown Ale for day 2
    Degmau526.03.2013
  • Imperial
    NickD26.03.2013
  • Session
    Mats26.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale FTW!
    Andy H26.03.2013
  • IMPERIAL FTW!
    Krissie J26.03.2013
  • 10% Imperial Brown Ale works for me
    Parkside Pete26.03.2013
  • I fancy a session in the Brown ;-)
    Tommo2sauce26.03.2013
  • Session
    Gabber26.03.2013
  • American brown
    capn_gokey26.03.2013
  • Imperial please. 10% why think of anything else.
    Thank you BD.
    Glynis26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale
    Paula26.03.2013
  • go for the session ale, boys. Wouldn't mind having a couple and still be able to drive.
    fungus26.03.2013
  • American brown
    capn_gokey26.03.2013
  • imperial brown. i'll also back a core session brown
    music26.03.2013
  • Session, innit.
    Charlotte26.03.2013
  • Session for me too !
    Toninus26.03.2013
  • YES!! This is going to be an epic Brown ale so needs to stand out..
    Imperial Brown Ale !!!!
    Phil90126.03.2013
  • Imperial please
    alec wallace26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown
    SourSalty26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale please!
    MarcoP26.03.2013
  • Session brown ale would be brillant
    Big Stu26.03.2013
  • Session
    Markstedt26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale gets my vote.
    James H26.03.2013
  • Imperial!
    Lewis B26.03.2013
  • Session brown, Palun!
    Jeka26.03.2013
  • Go for the Imperial!
    Daniel Sweden26.03.2013
  • Session please
    Andrew26.03.2013
  • Nonono...
    American
    Kummelnäs Uthusbryggeri26.03.2013
  • Has to be Session Brown Ale as in need of something that can actually have a good few of
    tpickering26.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale please!
    Immy26.03.2013
  • session brown ale - 4.5% ABV.
    ellab1926.03.2013
  • American Brown Ale please
    Philuren26.03.2013
  • Imperial brown ale please
    BeerBelly26.03.2013
  • Session for me. People, don't rush for the 10% just for a laugh come on now.....
    Doktorb26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale
    Jonny26.03.2013
  • Session brown Ale
    chedgefa26.03.2013
  • Impersial
    jacek26.03.2013
  • Session brown ale
    rnorstrom26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale!
    AlexO26.03.2013
  • Session Brown so bars have an excuse to ditch run of mill drivel
    thetondon26.03.2013
  • Session 4,5%. Because I'd like to have several, get it at shops here in finland and because making everything big is so done.
    vogod26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale, obviously...
    colorado26.03.2013
  • Session please!
    JCowie26.03.2013
  • American brown!
    Chris.john.moss@googlemail.com26.03.2013
  • There is a serious need for more Session Ales with attitude, So 4.5% ABV Session Brown Ale.
    Young26.03.2013
  • A nice 4.5% session ale gets my vote!
    baldysteve26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale please
    Sylvain26.03.2013
  • Got the be the Imperial Brown Ale for me.
    Don26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale!!!
    7ways26.03.2013
  • American
    Frenchie26.03.2013
  • Imperial monster 10% !!
    Anything with Monster in the description has got to be worth a vote.
    Pete H., Nottm26.03.2013
  • I want to be able to drink more than one, and a half, and another half.

    So 4.5% ABV Session Brown Ale please.
    EccyEccyPtang26.03.2013
  • As a one off, I'd say go Imperial but the core range could do with a Session Ale.

    Because this beer will inevitably be awesome, I will vote for Session Brown Ale!
    AleBeHonest26.03.2013
  • Imperial Brown Ale!!!
    JasonDPD26.03.2013
  • It needs to be a 10% Imperial Brown Ale
    TheCraftyBugger26.03.2013
  • Got to be an imperial brown ale for me please
    Pete26.03.2013
  • Session Brown Ale!
    MF26.03.2013
  • A session brown ale would be great but I get the feeling I may be out-voted...
    Mark C26.03.2013

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