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Buzzcrafters Special Bitter

187 calories 21.5 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Strong Bitter
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7 gallons
Post Boil Size: 5.1 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.044 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.061 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 69% (brew house)
Calories: 187 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 21.5 g (Per 12oz)
Created: Saturday May 9th 2020
1.056
1.017
5.2%
40.9
13.6
5.5
n/a
 
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
10 lb United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale10 lb Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 83.3%
1 lb Briess - Carabrown Malt1 lb Carabrown Malt 36.3 55 8.3%
1 lb United Kingdom - Crystal 45L1 lb Crystal 45L 34 45 8.3%
12 lbs / 0.00
 
Hops
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Chinook1 oz Chinook Hops Pellet 11.6 Boil 60 min 33.72 46.1%
0.43 oz Chinook0.43 oz Chinook Hops Pellet 11.6 Boil at 150 °F 15 min 7.2 19.8%
0.74 oz Goldings0.74 oz Goldings Hops Pellet 4.6 Aroma 0 min 34.1%
2.17 oz / 0.00
 
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
15 qt Infusion -- 152 °F 60 min
5 gal Sparge 175 °F -- --
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.25 qt/lb
Starting Grain Temp: 60 °F
 
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
10 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
 
Yeast
Wyeast - London ESB Ale 1968
Amount:
1 Each
Cost:
Attenuation (avg):
69%
Flocculation:
Very High
Optimum Temp:
64 - 72 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
62 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 101 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
CO2 Level: 1.02 Volumes
 
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
270 41 113 85 720 270
add 10g gypsum and 4g table salt to mash
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
 
Notes

The original recipe calls for 30 IBUs. I'm adding more bittering hops this time around, partly because all these hops have been in my fridge for months. I also feel a bitter with some complexity can handle more bitterness.

brewed: Saturday May 16, 2020

grain temp: 73° F
mash temp: 152° F
pitch temp: 67.9° F
ferment temp on Sunday: 66-68° F
ferment temp on Monday: 72° F


bottled: May 30, 2020
Prime with 5 oz. corn sugar boiled in 2 cups water
Crown seal color: green
Yield: 50 bottles
OG = 1.056, FG = 1.010, 6% ABV
Color: amber, possibly 18-20 SRM

of course I tried the flat beer after bottling, and found it to be quite balanced. there's a chance this will develop some complexity over the summer months.. not bad for what started out as a hop leftovers Frankenbier!

June 17, 2020
The beer is now conditioned enough to drink. Tastes smooth, slightly bitter, with a honey aftertaste. Pleasant summer ale!


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