Elusive Brewing x Jamil Zainasheff - Janets Brown - All Grain Recipe Kit

Elusive Brewing x Jamil Zainasheff – Janets Brown – All Grain Recipe Kit


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An updated version of Mike “Tasty” McDole award-winning Janets Brown, featuring mash hopping to capture thiol precursors to brew a hoppier American Brown Ale.

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Jamil Zainasheff co-authored Brewing Classic Styles with John Palmer and is one of the world’s most decorated home brewers, having scooped over 500 brewing awards across all style categories and twice been named winner of the coveted Ninkasi Award by the American Homebrewers Association. Jamil is known for being very generous with his knowledge and went on to co-author “Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation” (with Chris White). In addition, he hosted The Jamil Show on The Brewing Network and has a website online entitled Mr. Malty. Jamil also turned pro a number of years ago, starting his own commercial brewery, Heretic Brewing (Fairfield, California) which he has since sold to new owners.

When Andy of Elusive Brewing caught wind of Jamil visiting London to deliver the keynote speech at the 2022 Brewer’s Congress, he wrote him somewhat of a speculative email asking if there was any chance Jamil fancied visiting little old Finchampstead to brew with us. After Jamil’s good friend Sean Knight (Head Brewer, Siren) put in a good word for us, a date was set – Friday December 16th 2022!

“So Jamil, what would you like to brew?” asked Andy. We love everything about the West Coast, IPAs – Red, Brown, Black, all of them!

“When I hear brown ale, I think of Tasty’s Janet’s Brown Ale.” said Jamil. Mike ‘Tasty’ McDole was one of the most prolific and influential people in modern homebrewing and a good friend (and TBN co-host) of Jamil’s. His Janet’s Brown beer was featured in Jamil’s book and went on to become one of the best known and loved homebrewing recipes out there, brewed the world over. Tasty sadly passed away in 2020 after a battle with cancer.


Ingredients Included

Simpsons Low Colour Maris Otter
Simpsons Dextrin Malt
Simpsons Malts Crystal Light
Simpsons Wheat Malt
Simpsons Chocolate Malt

Total Grain Bill: 5650g

Cascade T90 Pellets (140 grams)
Northern Brewer – BarthHaas® Pure Hop Pellet (30 grams)
Centennial LUPOMAX (50 grams)
WHC Hop Unlock- Thiol producing Liquid Yeast!  (1 packs)


Beer Style (main): American Ales
Beer Style (sub): American-Style Brown Ale
Batch Size: 20L
Original Gravity: 1.063
Final Gravity: 1.016
ABV %: 6.2
IBU: 40

Temperature °C: 65
Length (mins): 60
Out temp °C: 75
Out time (mins): 10

Boil time (mins): 60 mins

Additions and timing:

Mash Additions
70 g (31.8%) Cascade (5.5%) – added during mash

Secondary additions and timing:

Kettle Additions
20 g (9.1%) Northern Brewer (10%) – added during boil, boiled 60 m
10 g (4.5%) Northern Brewer (10%) – added during boil, boiled 15 m
30 g (13.6%) Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10 m
40 g (18.2%) Cascade (5.5%) – added during hop stand/whirlpool

50 g Centennial LUPOMAX (dry hop)

Yeast: WHC Hop Unlock
Fermentation temperature/steps: 20c


In tribute to Tasty, we’re going to take his recipe for Janet’s Brown and bring it bang up to date by fermenting it with WHC Labs Hop Unlock, a so-called ‘thiolised’ yeast which can unlock aroma compounds. We’ll be mash hopping with Cascade (to promote bound thiol levels) which will hopefully lead to a super aromatic and tasty American Brown Ale. We’ll be making a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support in Tasty’s name and our good friends at The Malt Miller will be producing kits that will be released alongside the finished beer in January, so you can brew along at home!

Cans of the beer that was brewed can be purchased from our fridges here whilst stocks last.


The Malt Miller will also be donating £5.00 to Macmillan for each recipe kit sold in 2023 in honour of Tasty

Additional information

Weight 6.745 kg
Country of Origin GB
HS Code 2106909853


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