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Best Bitter

152.74 calories 17.62 g 330 ml
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 10.7 liters (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 15 liters
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.033 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: Blackcurrant
Calories: (Per 330ml)
Carbs: (Per 330ml)
Created Friday April 25th 2014
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
1,900 g United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale1900 g Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 92%
124 g United Kingdom - Crystal 70L124 g Crystal 70L 34 70 6%
42 g Torrified Wheat42 g Torrified Wheat 36 2 2%
2.07 kg / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
18 g East Kent Goldings18 g East Kent Goldings Hops Leaf/Whole 4.74 Boil 60 min 21.52 32.1%
19 g East Kent Goldings19 g East Kent Goldings Hops Leaf/Whole 4.74 Boil 10 min 8.24 33.9%
19 g East Kent Goldings19 g East Kent Goldings Hops Leaf/Whole 4.74 Boil 5 min 4.53 33.9%
56 g / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
Infusion 68 °C 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 5 L/kg
Wyeast - London ESB Ale 1968
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Very High
Optimum Temp:
18 - 22 °C
Fermentation Temp:
20 °C
Pitch Rate:
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Light colored and hoppy
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
75 5 10 50 150 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

A very traditional English best bitter, derived from the following real ale recipes in Graham Wheeler's book Brew Your Own British Real Ale:

Adnams explorer
Bass draught
Brakspear special
Deuchars IPA
Courage best
Courage Directors
Flowers IPA
Flowers Original
Fullers ESB
Hop back summer lightning
Marstons Pedigree
Moorhouses Pendle Witches
Morland Old Speckled Hen
Ruddles Best
Theakston Old Peculiar
Taylor Landlord
Wadworth 6X
Youngs Special

Hop level and crystal malt level are averages of the values in the the above recipes.

2% torrified wheat added for head retention only.

Wyeast 1968 (Fuller's ESB strain) chosen for its estery profile and malty finish. Fermentation temp 20 deg C for moderate ester production.

Brewed with London tap water. Half the volume boiled to reduce bicarbonate hardness. 2 grams gypsum added to raise sulphate level slightly.

This recipe is designed for brew-in-a-bag using a 19 litre stockpot. Efficiency worked out at 75% according to Brewersfriend and 80% according to Beer Engine. IBU level 33 according to Beer Engine, but true value likely to be slightly under this as brew-in-a-bag has lower utilization.

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