ESB recipe - does this look ok?

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ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 15:04

How does this look for ESB?

Bittered to 35IBU using challenger in boil, EKG at 10 mins and Fuggles at flameout

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2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby Jeltz » Wed Nov 23, 2016 15:17

Looks good to me :thumb:

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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby robwalker » Wed Nov 23, 2016 17:30

Looks good. I like mine with darker crystals and about 10% of the bill though. Most importantly of all, what yeast?
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 20:02

Cheers guys.

I'll be using Ringwood - it's balanced between hops, a solid fermenter and compacts tight in bottles so you get the lightest dusting of yeast on the bottom of the bottle (and a nice clear beer).

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2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 20:04

I've also got Wyeast Yorkshire bitter, but I've used it three times abc been unhappy with the results.

Other choice is a house strain from a local brewery that is the strain Scottish & Newcastle used. That is also a good all-rounder with more esters than the Ringwood.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 20:10

robwalker wrote:Looks good. I like mine with darker crystals and about 10% of the bill though. Most importantly of all, what yeast?


I might up the crystal to 5% (for my tastes).

Was also thinking of reducing down some wort in a separate pan during the boil to caramelise it - give it a Scottish-slant. Not sure yet.

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Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby Dennis King » Wed Nov 23, 2016 20:29

Good hop combination.
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 21:26

Dennis King wrote:Good hop combination.


Cheers. I'm basing the combination on what's typical for British beers - you can't get much more classic than these three. Was also considering a dash of brambling cross or first gold, but unsure if I'm just throwing in more hops for the sake of it. EKG and Fuggles are classic aroma hops that can stand on their own.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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Re: ESB recipe - does this look ok?

Postby HTH1975 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 00:15

Well, Ringwood is still a beast - the starter is bubbling away thick and fast after just a couple of hours. The yeast is now 4th generation and had sat in the fridge for a month.

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2017: 105L brewed
Drinking: store-bought beer as my bar is dry
Conditioning: choc-coffee oatmeal wheat stout, various ciders, cherry 'brett' brown ale, imperial Pilsner.
Fermenting: Bock (6.5%), IPA (5.5%), Pale Ale (4.5)
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