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Fuller's ESB

200 calories 23 carbs
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Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 42 liters (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 49.9 liters
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Calories: 200 calories (Per 355mL)
Carbs: 23 g (Per 355mL)
Created Monday June 24th 2013
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
10.10 kg United Kingdom - Optic10.1 kg Optic 38 2.1 95%
535.10 g United Kingdom - Dark Crystal 80L535.1 g Dark Crystal 80L 33 80 5%
10.64 kg Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
32.30 g Target32.3 g Target Hops Pellet 11.5 Boil 60 min 22.37 25.4%
26.26 g Challenger26.26 g Challenger Hops Pellet 8.5 Boil 3 min 1.67 20.6%
26.26 g Northdown26.26 g Northdown Hops Pellet 8.6 Boil 3 min 1.69 20.6%
6.06 g East Kent Goldings6.06 g East Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 5 Boil 0 min 4.8%
36.34 g East Kent Goldings36.34 g East Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 5 Dry Hop 7 days 28.6%
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
Saccharification rest Temperature 66 °C 60 min
Mash-out Temperature 75.6 °C 10 min
Fly sparge Fly Sparge 76.7 °C 60 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 each Whirlfloc Fining Boil 15 min.
Wyeast - London ESB Ale 1968
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Very High
Optimum Temp:
18 - 22 °C
Fermentation Temp:
20 °C
Pitch Rate:
0.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 464 B cells required
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Target Water Profile
Burton on Trent (Pale, ESB or IPA)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
270 24 50 35 660 290
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Fermentation: Chill wort to 17ºC, let it rise to 20ºC. At 50% attenuation, lower temp to 17ºC until done.

In my opinion, Wyeast 1968 is better than WLP002 for this. But the most important thing I found is that English Crystal 80ºL, not American Crystal 80ºL, gives it a little sweeter, less caramel, flavor that was missing when I used American C-80 and it's significantly more red, since Fuller's ESB has a ruby color to it.

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  • Last Updated: 2013-07-05 18:43 UTC
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Umoyk 09/25/2014 at 10:30am
as far as I know, Fuller's ESB has more like 35 IBUs, not 25.

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