Janet's Brown Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (All Grain Kit)

Janet's Brown Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (All Grain Kit)

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This now iconic recipe comes from the late homebrewing legend—and our dear friend—Mike “Tasty” McDole. Mike is one of the best homebrewers we’ve ever known, and one of our original customers way back when the entire MoreBeer! operation fit inside a storage shed. Aside from brewing many award-winning beers, Tasty helped grow homebrewing as a hobby, and as a community, here in the Bay Area and well beyond.

Janet’s Brown Ale is the recipe for which Mike won the 2004 National Homebrew Convention gold medal in its category. He once told us the most important critique he ever received was from his late wife, Janet. She really loved this brown ale and it was her favorite of all Mike’s creations. When you’re done brewing this beer, we ask that you raise a glass and toast to the memory of Janet and Mike McDole.

100% of the proceeds from this kit are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a leading nonprofit in the fight to cure cancer.


  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity:1.060-1.065
  • SRM (Color Range: 20-25
  • IBU's: 55-65
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6-6.5%
Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
ABV %6.5
Beer StyleBrown Ale
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessHigh (46-70ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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Robert K on Nov 16, 2020
Big fan of Tasty.
John S on Nov 13, 2020
Robert K on Nov 16, 2020
Tasty just passed away and I want to honor his memory, give thanks for all I learned from him, and support the cause.
Jesse K on Nov 16, 2020
Big fan of Tasty.
John S on Nov 13, 2020
RIP Tasty
Stuart D on Oct 29, 2020
Tasty Tribute-RIP
swells0406 on Oct 20, 2020
RIP Tasty!
Eric on Oct 20, 2020
To celebrate the life of a legend I am brewing this up.
Mike W on Oct 9, 2020
it was available, most are not available pre-milled
ron m on Apr 21, 2020
Because Tasty is awesome
Jim P on Sep 18, 2019
I like brown ale. It had great reviews.
william c on May 21, 2019
Great beer kit.
Murf on Mar 11, 2019
very good beer
MIKE V on Feb 22, 2019
The best kit that I have tried. A truly great fall wintertime kit
Justin H on Oct 25, 2018
Love a good brown ale for the Fall
Harry K on Oct 5, 2018
Comparing brown ale recipes
Christopher Gaige on Aug 7, 2018
I like brown ales and this looks like a good one
Kurt P on Jul 27, 2018
Great recipe
Matthew L on Mar 8, 2018
Tasty just passed away and I want to honor his memory, give thanks for all I learned from him, and support the cause.
Jesse K on Nov 16, 2020
RIP Tasty
Stuart D on Oct 29, 2020

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High hopes for this batch
I was disappointed that I couldn't specify double crushing as I brew with the BIAB method. Also the grain was pre crushed and all of the grains were sealed in individual packages IE: 12 lbs of 2 row came as 1 10 lb bag and 2 1 lb bags. This tells me that they pre crush way in advance and warehouse the grain for who knows how long. I ended up borrowing a grain mill do it all worked out.
I was impressed that all of the hops we're pre measured and sealed in quality packaging. When I had to add 1 1/2 oz.i had a 1 oz pkg and a 1/2 oz.pkg. No half packages to waste. Also made keeping track of additions very easy. I just brewed the other day and it's still in 0rimary but I have high hopes for this batch. Can't wait to drink it!
Mashing in
Hang & squeeze
February 4, 2020
10 months ago
Perfectly balanced
Great balance of dark grains, hops, and fantastic aroma. Not heavy like a porter, but still has great flavor. Perfect easy-drinking beer for fall and winter, just don't have too many!
November 16, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great Beer
Pay attention to the alpha acid % in the hops. The ones that came with the kit in 2016 would have made the IBU's considerably higher than the original recipe in brewing classic style. It would have been fine as is, but it is easy enough to drop down the amount of hop additions to match the original.
December 19, 2016
The most tasty of brews!
Wow. What an absolutely delicious brew! Very well balanced, great aroma, and fantastic hop profile.

I have brewed around 15 beers in the past year, and this is my favorite--just a delicious, hoppy brown with a really clean malt profile.

Do this one and do it again! One of my favorites....
November 6, 2015
Sure Bet!
I brewed the Janet's Brown kit after taking a few years off of brewing. The kit was easy to use and had good instructions, but more importantly, it turned out great!
May 1, 2014