Recently, I brewed up my world-famous Dragon Spit Brown Ale and Dragon Spit II Brown Ale very close together. Dragon Spit was one of my very successful recipes that used a Mr. Beer HME as a base. Dragon Spit II was my attempt to recreate it without using Mr. Beer ingredients.
Sunday, I tried them side-by-side. Just for the fun of it, I also added in a bottle of Big Sky Brewing Company's Moose Drool to compare how a commercial example of the American Brown Ale (Moose Drool is listed in the guidelines as one of the commercial examples). Of course, I knew my beers would not really be the same as Moose Drool ... they use cinnamon for goodness sake, but it was interesting to do the comparison.
I did decide that I will be retiring Dragon Spit I. Next time I brew Dragon Spit II, I think I will cut down on the cinnamon. I will add just a touch of roasted barley to get the flavor more inline with a brown ale. I'm also going to change the yeast to Fermentis S-04 to accentuate the malts just a bit. And, it will most likely be another all-grain batch.
I have no idea when the next Dragon Spit Brown Ale will make it into the brewing schedule.
I have to get my Rocktoberfest Lager going. I promised myself I'd make Stone Soup IDA ASAP. I really would like to get all-grain batches of Phat & Tyred Ale and Blackhawk Black Ale brewed. There are a few new things I'd like to try soon (Breasty Bimbo Blonde Ale, Fox Sox Knox Rye Pale Ale, a new version of Eric's Red Ale, and a few others). I probably should brew some Wetta Blonde Ale just to have some on-hand for the light-beer drinkers during the Thanksgiving / Christmas season. Oh, and somehow I have to get time to make another X-Mas Ale. And right now, my beer fridge is full, and I am pretty low on bottles.
So, it will probably be awhile before I am able to brew Dragon Spit again.