Extra-Ordinary Bitter


Just a quick write-up on yesterday’s brew…

Since last year’s vow of small beers (under 5%), I’ve become a little obsessed with a good English bitter, something that’s a bit of a rarity this side of the Atlantic. Yesterday’s was the lowest grain volume I’ve used, and also the 3rd batch in a row with really excellent efficiency (I hit 80% on this batch). I’ve achieved this by stirring thoroughly part-way through the mash, at the mash-out infusion, and at the second batch sparge infusion, not by adjusting my grind or increasing my sparge rate, which feels like a good way to go about doing it.

Pretty simple recipe, the only variation is that I subbed part of the 2-row base with wheat malt, just so that I could brew it with ingredients I had on-hand. I’ve become enamored with this particular combination of crystal malts in a bitter, just scaling up and down the base malt.

Style: 8A-English Pale Ale-Standard/Ordinary Bitter
Recipe Overview

Wort Volume Before Boil: 6.60 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 5.25 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.030 SG
Expected OG: 1.038 SG
Expected FG: 1.010 SG
Expected ABV: 3.7 %
Expected ABW: 2.9 %
Expected IBU (using Daniels): 26.8
Expected Color: 11.1 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 72.9 %
Mash Efficiency: 80.0 %
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 64 degF

UK Pale Ale Malt 5lb 0oz (73.4 %) In Mash/Steeped
German Wheat Malt 1lb 0oz (14.7 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Dark Crystal 8.00 oz (7.3 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Medium Crystal 4.00 oz (3.7 %) In Mash/Steeped
UK Chocolate Malt 1.00 oz (0.9 %) In Mash/Steeped

UK Golding (4.9 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used First Wort Hopped
UK Golding (4.9 % alpha) 0.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 25 Min From End
UK Golding (4.9 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off

Yeast: Wyeast 1318-London Ale III

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (66C/151F)
Step: Rest at 151 degF for 60 mins


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