Apple Brown Beery - Archived

Apple Brown Beery - Archived is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16.
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With this graff recipe, we riffed on an all American treat, Apple Brown Betty, but it is in a glass instead of a cobbler. Amber beer and cider with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar to round out the mix. Be wary of the alcohol Betty brings to the table though, or you may not be able to get up after a couple. Just what you want to curl up with on a cool autumn night.

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What You Get

1 Oktoberfest Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Bottle of Apple Cider Concentrate

1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

1 Packet of Safeale S-04 Dry Ale Yeast

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

Your Provide

2 Cups Brown Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick

For Fans Of

New Belgium Brewing GRAFF(T)

Factotum Brewhouse Mahatma Graff

Brew Specs

Flavor: Fruity

Original Gravity: 1.083

Final Gravity: 1.016

ABV: 9%

SRM: (Color): 12

IBU: (Bitterness): 21

STEP 1: Sanitizing

Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, (not needed for this recipe), then place the unopened can and in hot tap water.

2. Place the cinnamon stick into the hop sack tying it close, then trim away excess material.

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, mix in the 2 cups of brown sugar. Once the sugar is mixed add in the hop sack with the cinnamon stick and bring the mixture to a boil then remove from heat and remove the hop sack from the mixture and discard.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the bottle of Apple Cider Concentrate and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

8. Sprinkle the Safeale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 70° and 78° F (21°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

Tip from our Brewmasters

After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Bachs Brews from Packs a punch! I've made this one twice now and both times it's turned out great! The first time it was more of a tart cider beer, which was fine, but I wanted something a little more sweet as well. I replaced a gallon of the water with a gallon of pure apple cider. What I forgot to realize is that would up the ABV of the beer from my first at 9.2% to 11.5%. Needless to say, it took awhile for it to age and condition, but was well worth the wait! My wife really enjoys this one and it's even got some beer in it! Give it a try and read some of the forums for ideas.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by Minn-Okie from Hits Hard I didn't let this condition nearly long enough, but still tasted good. My first one was a 20 ounce bottle and at this point the most significant thing I can say is that this is a STRONG beer-cider. I didn't want to drive after just that 20 ounces. Someone correctly pointed out this is not a session beer. After the first taste I thought "what is this, and do I like it". It was better with the second and I am sure it will get better as it conditions further. I would recommend this to a friend, but only if I knew they enjoyed fruit beers.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brian from Exquisite Just opened my first bottle of Brown Beery. I think it is quite an excellent hybrid of beer-cider. I had read several of the review and worked in the best practices while brewing the beer. It. Now that I have taken my first sips of it, my expectations are exceded. I definitely recommend this recipe.
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by KingKong from Really good beer-cider I opened a bottle of this far too early--I get impatient--and I didn't like the flavor. However, with about 6 weeks of aging, the flavor really mellows out and what's left is a really smooth tasting, flavorful, graff, I guess is the term. Much better than that "apple flavored" beer that's on the market. It's like a hard cider with extra body and an extra dimension of flavor. Be careful, though, this is a strong one; one glass and you are pretty "happy." This definitely isn't a session drink.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnnyBravo1971 from Beer-utiful Day Outstanding brew! Nice color, decent head, excellent flavor profile. The almost 9% ABV doesn't hurt any either. The one thing I found is that it should be thoroughly chilled for maximum enjoyment.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kevin from Wow - this will wake you up Now this is my first experience with hard cider. All I can say is when my son tried it his comment was "that slaps you in the face". Very strong apple flavor. Have to have a couple more before I know what I think about it, but I can say it is a strong flavor, nice after taste, and definitely drinkable - if you like apple cider like flavor.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dune from Apple goodness :) This was my fourth brew and was a bit out of my comfort range with me not being a huge cider fan. This is a bit pricey but it turned out really good:) Everything was done as the instructions show, had two weeks in the keg, two in the bottles. I will definitely revisit this one again.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by IonRedline from Good, but could've been better thanks to me! I ordered this beer as my wife wanted to try this one out. Being excited and eager to get down to brewing and fermenting. All went smoothly and well until I started pouring the wort into the LBK. I had slipped the handle and spilled roughly a quarter of the wort outside of the keg. Oops! Well I decided to go ahead with the fermentation and topped off the wort with water. Bottling day is just like any other and the waiting process began soon after. Well, first bottle was very tart and kinda watered down due to me being in a hurry. I let it age about two more months and the flavor profile had changed from tart to a malt flavor with a hint of apple. It was still decent for what it was and also gave me a good buzz. I would definitely would want to do this one again without any hiccps, so I'm waiting for a another sale to try again. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-04-28
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I notice that this recipe came with S-04 yeast, can S-05 be used and what would the difference make besides fermentation temp?

Asked by: Cdog25
You may notice a slight difference. S-04 maintains a bit more of the malt character in the beer. Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2021-09-08

Where can I find the hard apple cider concentrate or something very similar to make the Apple Brown Beery?

Asked by: Cdog25
Hello! Usually a good quality frozen apple juice/cider concentrate, works very well! For this recipe you would probably need, 2 cans. Cheers!
Answered by: MRBEER
Date published: 2021-09-08
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