Witch's Flight Brown Ale - Archived

Witch's Flight Brown Ale - Archived is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
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This hoppy brown ale drinks almost like an IPA, but with no bitterness. The tropical fruity notes of the Falconer’s Flight hop blend are carried by a smooth malt backbone provided by our Bewitched Amber ale. The smooth mouthfeel and excellent head retention is provided by the wheat in our Golden LME Softpack.

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What You Get

1 Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

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

1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

2 Packets of Falconer's Flight Pellet Hops

2 Hop Sacks

1 Packet Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

For Fans Of

Smuttynose Durty

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Brew Specs

Flavor: Hoppy

Original Gravity: 1.065

Final Gravity: 1.014

ABV: 6.1%

SRM: (Color): 16

IBU: (Bitterness): 30

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 BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

2. Place one packet of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil, add in your hop sack, then remove from heat.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME 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 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 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

STEP 3: Dry-Hopping

Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to a beer which will impart more hop flavor and aroma in your beer.

1. At Day 7 of fermentation open the 1 packet of Falconer's Flight Hops with clean scissors. Carefully remove the lid from your fermenter and dump the pellet hops in. Quickly close the lid.

STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

After 14 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 (17 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 HoppySmile2u from Very Impressed! and i'm not saying this due to the fact there's a prize for the best review for a product purchased on this website. I posted great compliments about this recipe on the Mr. Beer Forum. I usually rack my beer from primary to secondary, and so I sampled some of the witches flight, and at the time it was pretty hoppy to many. however, after a week in the secondary I tried another sample, and Wow! what a difference, the hops are more subtle and there's a slight flavor of a hint of chocolate. I added some victory malt grains to it to give it a lil toasty flavor, and I can taste a little of that as well. i'm brewing 5 gallons of this one, and so far I think this is the best tasting beer I've made with Mr. Beer products!
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by rogerlb from Very drinkable and balanced brown ale This is the 2nd brew I brewed, was very impressed by how balanced it was considering how simple it's built. One can of HME, one pack of LME, some hops. Nothing too fancy. Fermented for 3 wks, bottle conditioned for 3 more, then opened one up every week to test how it ages. Good right out of the gate. Brew is amber/ brown, slightly cloudy, yet has lager/ bread notes, nice aroma from the Falconer hops, lightly carbed (with table sugar, not the drops). Like a light porter, with subtle malt flavor and almost no bitter. Simple and great brew even my wife liked.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shrike from Great flavor, short conditioning time I cracked open my first Witch's Flight today four weeks after bottling and it is one tasty beer. The Falconer's Flight hops give it a great aroma. On the palate it has a pleasing hoppy bitterness, great mouth feel, and it goes down very smoothly with a lingering but satisfying after taste. It is quite simply delicious. And after brewing a lot of recipes that need months and months of conditioning it's nice to have one that's fully drinkable four weeks after bottling. I will definitely be brewing this one again.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beerguy36 from Great Brown Ale This is one of my favorite brews. Very smooth and great body. If you like a brown Ale, this is the one to try!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Breeze from Had to track down the hops! Realized that Mr. Beer no longer seems to have the Falconers Flight hops needed for this recipe. Found them at a local brewing supplier in the area, and went from there. I really like this beer!
Date published: 2022-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by snocross1985 from Best Mr. Beer Recipe By far the best recipe I have done so far. This one was ready to drink at 2 weeks and continues to get better. Will definitely make this one again.
Date published: 2016-03-15
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Hello, I would like to make the archived recipe Witch's Flight Brown Ale but I see that Falconer's Flight Hops is out of stock. I could purchase them through Amazon, but they are twice as expensive. Could you please suggest a good alternative hop?

Asked by: Sam in Indiana
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