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English Pub Bitter II, ESB – 2008

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

This was the second attempt at an English Pub Bitter, and it is actually more like an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) this time given the IBUs at 43+. I am very happy with the results, the beer is definitely bitter, but not flooring. It has a nice malty flavor, a pretty deep golden hue, and a crisp finish. Head retention has been good.

Target Volume (Gallons) 5      
Total Cost $39.39
   
Yield (ounces) 595      
Cost per 12 oz bottle $0.79      
Boil Time 60 min    
       
GRAINS Pounds Points/Gal Total Points Cost
Light DME 5.5 46 253 $18.00
     
Steep – 30 min at 150 F      
British Malt 1 28 28 $1.49
       
HOPS Ounces Alpha Acids Boil Time (min) Cost
Magnum 1 14.00% 60 $2.00
Cascade 1 6.00% 60 $2.00
Yamhill Goldings 1 4.00% 20 $5.95
Yamhill Goldings 1 4.00% 10

       
YEAST White Labs British Ale Cost
Attenuation Low 63%     $6.95
Attenuation High 70%    
Optimum Temp 65-68F    
Flocculation      
     
Starter No
       
STATS
Expected Original Gravity 1.056    
Expected Final Gravity 1.017 – 1.021    
IBUs 43.89
 
Apparent Attenuation 74.07% AA = 1 – FG / OG  
Alcohol By Volume – Theoretical 5.54%    
Alcohol By Volume – Potential 5.25%
       
       
BREWING: Brewed out doors, that was fun
½ tbs Irish Moss at start of boil     $0.10
Burton Salts – 5 tsp, package says 1 tsp per gallon     $0.75
Water Source Wort Tap water, 3.5 gallons    
Water Source Dilution Tap water
       
DATES Date SG Cum. Days Notes
Brewed 09/14/08 1.054 0
Racked 09/20/08 1.018 6
Bottled (SG pre bottling) 09/28/08 1.014 14
 
 
OK TO DRINK BY (60 days): 11/13/08
       
BOTTLING
Priming Method 4 oz Corn Syrup     $0.40
Caps, cleaners, etc
    $1.75
     
Container Capacity Qty Total Volume
Lagunitas 22 6 132
Half Liter (Deutsch) 17 7 119
Bottle 12 18 216
Jug 64 2 128
  Total Bottled: 595
       
       
TASTING
   
10/03/08 19 Strong bitterness present, needs to carbonate more.
10/28/08 44 Brings a new meaning to ‘extra special bitter’.
    Not sweet at all, a bit of a malt flavor, mostly the magnum hop bitterness comes through.
    Strong bubbles and head formation.
12/20/08 97 The oxy caps are awesome! English friend I know says it reminded him of the ‘better stuff’ at home.

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