Old Speckled Hen Beer Recipe | All Grain Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB) by cncdude7777 | Brewer's Friend
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Old Speckled Hen

199 calories 20.5 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (ending kettle volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.044 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 70% (ending kettle)
Calories: 199 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 20.5 g (Per 12oz)
Created: Friday April 24th 2015
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
9.60 lb United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale9.6 lb Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 79.3%
1 lb United Kingdom - Crystal 50L1 lb Crystal 50L 34 50 8.3%
1 lb United Kingdom - Wheat1 lb Wheat 37 2 8.3%
0.50 lb Cane Sugar0.5 lb Cane Sugar 46 0 4.1%
12.10 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Challenger1 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 60 min 29.25 33.3%
1 oz East Kent Goldings1 oz East Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 5 Boil 1 min 0.74 33.3%
0.50 oz Challenger0.5 oz Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 15 min 7.26 16.7%
0.50 oz East Kent Goldings0.5 oz East Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 5 Boil 15 min 4.27 16.7%
3 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
4.5 gal Infusion -- 150 °F 60 min
mash out Temperature -- 168 °F 15 min
3.5 qt batch sparge Sparge -- 168 °F 15 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Wyeast - Irish Ale 1084
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
62 - 72 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 107 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
"Old Speckled Hen" Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB) beer recipe by cncdude7777. All Grain, ABV 5.89%, IBU 44.1, SRM 9.99, Fermentables: (Maris Otter Pale, Crystal 50L, Wheat, Cane Sugar) Hops: (Challenger, East Kent Goldings)
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hundel 12/04/2021 at 06:03pm
I have not brewed this clone recipe but have some questions about how it compares with the original because it is the most popular on this site. Is there a version of Old Speckled Hen being sold that is 6% ABV? It’s always been 5% when I’ve seen exported in bottles. How does an Irish yeast compare with an English yeast here? I’ve never used Irish yeast but have spent time in Oxfordshire so I am somewhat familiar with the flavors of their regional ales. Lastly, is an SRM of 10 appropriate here? My glasses of the original have been darker, at an SRM of 15 or even higher as I compare it with the chart. Just working on adjustments for my own recipes as I sample an Old Speckled Hen. Thanks!

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