Sweet Mutt Honey Nut Brown

Cartoon Fantus_smallerFirst, let me give you the story on this one (if you don’t want to read it, just scroll down). This recipe started out as an all grain kit from Northern Brewer. Right after I ordered it, our trusty Black Lab, Fantus, started having some real troubles getting up.

We took him to the vet several times, and there were different medicines and treatments that we tried, but the problem kept getting worse. I actually needed to lift his rear up off the floor so he could get up to go outside or eat, and I would have to lift him up again in order for him to come back in. The poor boy was in a lot of pain, and he was miserable. Near the end, he actually started snapping at me when I would try and lift him up.

With all this going on, I wasn’t able to brew the beer for awhile. I was actually getting a little worried that the milled grain was going to go bad, or for some other reason it wouldn’t be worth brewing if I waited any longer. So I set the date to brew it, and shortly before the date came, Fantus stopped eating or drinking.

The night before the brew day, a Saturday, we absolutely couldn’t get him to get up any more. He had given up, and I couldn’t bear to put him through any more pain. We called the vet to arrange a time to put him down, but the earliest was going to be that Monday. Saturday night, he started going to the bathroom on himself, and I could tell that it embarrassed him to no end.

It was Sunday, and I moved Fantus out into the garage where it would be a little easier to clean up after him, and I commenced to brewing. I felt kind of bad because my faithful companion was miserable, and here I was brewing beer.

However, it turned out to be the best decision ever. I spent the whole day with him, every time I would talk to him or pet him, his tail would weakly whack against the ground. He was such a good boy!

Sometime after he was put down, I decided to name the beer Sweet mutt, and I used the picture above for the labels. I swore that it would be a recipe I brew regularly, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Style: American Brown Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.50 gal     
Boil Size: 6.30 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Esitmated FG: 1.012
Estimated Color: 15.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 24.3 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


Amount Item Type % or IBU
8 lbs US 2 Row Grain 80%
.25 lb Biscuit Malt Grain 2.5%
.25 lb Chocolate Malt Grain 2.5%
.25 lb Special B Malt Grain 2.5%
.25 lb Special Roast Grain 2.5%
1 oz Cluster Hops (7%) Hops 24.3 IBU
1 lb Honey Sugar 10%
1 Pkgs Wyeast 1056 American Ale    

– Mash at 153 degrees F for 60 minutes.

– Boil 1oz of cluster Hops for 60 minutes

– Add 1lb of honey at flame out.

– Ferment at 68 degrees for 2 weeks. Bottle with 3/4 cup of corn sugar, and let condition for 4 weeks.

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