Fall Bitters

800px-Crystal_Malt_80LThis past weekend I made my first English bitter since the springtime, marking a return to low-gravity beers that I am very excited for. Low-gravity, meaning under 4% beers, which by American standards, is a very light beer. The reason I love these beers so much, is that even though they are light in alcohol, they aren’t light in flavor, like so many American light beers.

Here’s this weekend’s recipe — the new additions were 1 oz of Midnight Wheat for the 2nd batch sparge. This shouldn’t affect the color too drastically, and should add just a little more roast to the flavor. I also tried bittering with Nugget, which I hope should add a little more depth to the hop flavor

Recipe Overview

Wort Volume Before Boil: 6.75 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 5.00 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.00 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.030 SG
Expected OG: 1.040 SG
Expected FG: 1.011 SG
Expected ABV: 3.9 %
Expected ABW: 3.0 %
Expected IBU (using Daniels): 29.3
Expected Color: 9.5 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 72.9 %
Mash Efficiency: 70.0 %
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 64 degF

UK Pale Ale Malt 7lb 0oz (90.3 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Dark Crystal 8.00 oz (6.5 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Medium Crystal 4.00 oz (3.2 %) In Mash/Steeped

US Nugget (13.0 % alpha) 0.25 oz Loose Pellet Hops used First Wort Hopped
UK Golding (5.5 % alpha) 0.65 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 30 Min From End
UK Golding (5.5 % alpha) 0.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 5 Min From End

Other Ingredients

Yeast: Wyeast 1318-London Ale III


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