Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

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Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby AFewTooMany » Fri Sep 11, 2015 07:31

Have been given this highly recommended book for me birthday. But as I haven't tried many of the recipes it copies is there any recommendations for show stopping ones to try first. Not so bothered about a particular style, just looking for tasty beer :)

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby Kyle_T » Fri Sep 11, 2015 07:34

Worthingtons White Shield and Batemans Victory Ale I've heard good things about.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby graysalchemy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:20

The Fullers one s for me.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby AltonAnt » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:43

I find them all a bit boring TBH. There isn't anything wrong with them technically just a bit.....traditional.
They are great if that is what you are looking for. The Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild would probably be my pick of the bunch.
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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby graysalchemy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:52

I think in fairness they are a great starting point from which you can pinpoint what you like out of a beer and build on it. If you analyse the recipes you see strong correlations between them and see that it s only really subtle differences which make a beer unique.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby Kyle_T » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:53

I haven't tried either of the Worthingtons or Batemans, my pick would be the Old Peculiar.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby graysalchemy » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:54

Kyle_T wrote:I haven't tried either of the Worthingtons or Batemans, my pick would be the Old Peculiar.
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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby Kyle_T » Fri Sep 11, 2015 08:54

Don't be silly!

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby AltonAnt » Fri Sep 11, 2015 09:12

graysalchemy wrote:I think in fairness they are a great starting point from which you can pinpoint what you like out of a beer and build on it. If you analyse the recipes you see strong correlations between them and see that it s only really subtle differences which make a beer unique.


+1 to that GA.
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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby cyclops » Fri Sep 11, 2015 09:16

I might have a go at doing one of these tomorrow if i have the hops :)

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby AFewTooMany » Fri Sep 11, 2015 23:15

Cheers for the recommendations. Yeah been wanting to try some more traditional recipes recently. Wish me luck

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby LeithR » Sat Sep 12, 2015 18:41

+1 for Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild, I've made this brew 4 times now and its always turned out really well. It is talking about brewing your own British Beer and I think its done an excellent job of doing that. As Gray says above, subtle changes in a recipe can distinctly change the character of a brew. Its a great place to jump off from, I'm exploring Belgian beer just now having successfully made a couple of batches of Belgian Blonds, in my view its continental brews which provide me with the excitement of the craft. Having said that I'm open to any and all brews with the possible exception of Russian Onion Beer which I tried during the communist era and its :vomit: :vomit: but much worse.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby BIGJIM72 » Sat Sep 12, 2015 19:46

Agreed-it is a good book to start. Stand outs for me apart from those mentioned would be TT Landlord, Autumn Glory, Fullers Mild & Guinness. I am partial to a tweaked version of Golden Delicious-not using sugar & bumping up the malt to get the right gravity.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby FUBAR » Sat Sep 12, 2015 20:06

Summer Lighting, Sarah Hughes, Boddingtons and Old Speckled Hen have all had several brews each with me . Summer Lighting is my pick of the bunch .

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby Good Ed » Sat Sep 12, 2015 23:42

FUBAR wrote:Summer Lighting, Sarah Hughes, Boddingtons and Old Speckled Hen have all had several brews each with me . Summer Lighting is my pick of the bunch .


+1 for Summer Lightning and SHDR, also Bathams Bitter and TT Landlord

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby LeithR » Fri Sep 18, 2015 16:01

Another easily available book which can be downloaded from the internet is Marc Ollosson's Real Ales for the Homebrewer. It has around 160 recipes and is being offered HERE on Amazon for 90p.

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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby itbrvilla » Wed Oct 07, 2015 18:00

The Guiness recipe is the best I've tried. Really enjoyed it. The Everards Tiger and Exmoor Gold were both a bit bland.aybe down to S-04 or the fact they were my first 2 brews and my efficiency wasn't at its best.
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Re: Wheelers BYO British Real Ale

Postby boab44stout » Tue Jan 26, 2016 21:00

just ordered this book for an early birthday present i have a few on my kindle but i like to read a book and its interesting i have been all grain brewing a couple years i fancy the guiness and the summer lightning i have already brewed this from another book and love it but i use citra hops at the last 15 mins
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