Brown Bag Special - ARCHIVED

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While we often focus our efforts on bold and popular craft beer recipes here at Mr. Beer, we’re not so terribly highbrow. We can all admit to consuming some Old English, Colt 45, Steel Reserve or Mickey’s at a backyard kickback at one time or another. So we thought we’d craft our own malt liquor recipe for homebrewers who want something strong and malty to drink. Since we all recognize that 40 oz. malt liquor bottles are handed to you in a brown bag, we thought we’d name this one the Brown Bag Special.
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STORY:

While we often focus our efforts on bold and popular craft beer recipes here at Mr. Beer, we’re not so terribly highbrow. We can all admit to consuming some Old English, Colt 45, Steel Reserve or Mickey’s at a backyard kickback at one time or another. So we thought we’d craft our own malt liquor recipe for homebrewers who want something strong and malty to drink. Since we all recognize that 40 oz. malt liquor bottles are handed to you in a brown bag, we thought we’d name this one the Brown Bag Special.

PROFILE:

A result of a Mr. Beer experiment, this clear, golden-colored beer was intended to be a close representation of the classic “malt liquor” style, but it ended up drinking like a top shelf craft beer. The liberal addition of corn adjuncts gives this beer a malty grain aroma and sweetness that is slightly balanced by the addition of Nugget hops. While this beer is easy to drink, a slight warming from the alcohol will remind you to please drink it in moderation because this isn’t your average lager.

SIMILAR TO: 

Mickey’s Malt Liquor
Olde English 800

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 2 Classic American Light (Yeast under lid - You won’t be using this.)
  • 2 Pouches Booster
  • 1 Packet 2-Row Brewers Malt (4 oz.)
  • 1 Packet Flaked Corn (4oz, you'll only use 2oz.)
  • 1 Packet Nugget Pellet Hops (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Saflager S-23
  • 2 Muslin Sacks
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not going to brew this recipe right away, we recommend that you refrigerate the packets of grains to preserve freshness

YOU'LL PROVIDE:

  • Thermometer for Steeping/Mashing - Range up to 175°F (found here)

 

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.084 (approx.) -- FG: 1.022 (approx.)
  • Suggested conditioning time is 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Flavor: Malty
  • ABV (alc/vol): 8
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 14
  • BJCP Style: N/A

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 6 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

Click here for printable instructions.

Brown Bag Special Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 2 Classic American Light (Yeast under lid - You won’t be using this.)
  • 2 Pouches Booster
  • 1 Packet 2-Row Brewers Malt (4 oz.)
  • 1 Packet Flaked Corn (4oz, you'll only use 2oz.)
  • 1 Packet Nugget Pellet Hops (1/2 oz.)
  • 1 Saflager S-23
  • 2 Muslin Sacks
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not going to brew this recipe right away, we recommend that you refrigerate the packets of grains to preserve freshness

YOU'LL PROVIDE:

  • Thermometer for Steeping/Mashing - Range up to 175°F (found here)

 

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.084 (approx.) -- FG: 1.022 (approx.)
  • Suggested conditioning time is 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Flavor: Malty
  • ABV (alc/vol): 8
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 14
  • BJCP Style: N/A

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 3 - 6 Weeks = 2 - 3 Months

 

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: 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. Using a measuring cup, pour 6 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot.
    2. Add the grains to the Muslin Grain Sack, mixing them well, and bring your water up to above 155 degrees F.
    3. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes between 155-165 degrees.
    4. Carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander. Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain. Do NOT squeeze the grain bag. Discard grain bag.
    5. Remove the yeast packet from under the lids of the Brewing Extracts (you won’t be using these), then place the unopened can in hot tap water.
    6. Place the pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.
    7. Bring grain water to a boil, add in hop sack, and then remove from heat.
    8. Slowly stir in the pouches of Booster until all is dissolved.
    9. Open both cans of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called “wort”.
    10. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    11. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
    12. Sprinkle the Saflager S-23 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
    13. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 45° and 60° F (7°-15° C) and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 18 days.
    14. On the 18th day, bring the beer up to room temperature (68-75) to sit for 3 more days before bottling.
    15. Approximately 24 hours after adding the yeast, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.


Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks.
After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process. 

Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy73 from Strong, but smooth Bought this to brew something different not the usual craft beer receipe. Turned out to be delicious.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by Rays from Another beer that I'm trying out, to decide. I purchased this Brown Bag Special as I have many others, trying to find a better beer, my son said it had a nut like flavor, I also like it, but I have many other mixes to try out.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by DavidK from Tasty Beer, Take Time to Carbonate Brown Bag Special was my 7th Mr. Beer recipe, and my 5th partial mash. Instructions were clear, pretty much the same as other partial mash recipes, but with 2 cans of extract, lots of booster, and some flaked corn in addition to the malt. The other main difference (to my experience) was the lager yeast. Lager has to ferment at a lower temp, so it's important to have good temp control of your fermenter for a recipe of this nature. I have a mini-fridge with an Inkbird temp controller and a heating mat, works well for maintaining proper temps, and the fridge fits 2 LBKs... Anyway, it took a bit longer for this beer to get fully carbonated, as compared to my previous batches. Not sure if that is an effect of the lager yeast? For whatever reason, instead of the usual 4 weeks for carb/conditioning time, it was more like 6 weeks before it lost the sweetness and fully carbonated. And honestly, I think it will improve even more with a few more weeks. Just an FYI, you may need to be a little more patient while the yeast does it's thing with this beer! Now that it's finished, the taste is very good! It actually does remind me of the Malt Liquors of the *old days*! Really crisp and clean to drink, and the corn adds a bit of sweetness to the malt, and the hops add a slight aroma and finish. It doesn't have a LOT of character, but it's an easy drinker...and it was fun to brew. One other thing: I believe the recipes indicated it will ferment up to 8% ABV, but mine topped out at 6.8%. It does have some kick, so enjoy responsibly...I put some into 20 ounce bottles....maybe next time I'll use 40 ouncers, for old times sake!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sack from Best beer I've made!! It was a epic brewing day and I could not believe the activity within hours of the brew. I was very suspicious on this recipe but it turned out to be my favored beer brew'd to date Full flavor perfect balance of sweet smooth flavor with the taste buds screaming "DAM!" ( after 3 month wait time ;)
Date published: 2017-09-03
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