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Old 05-10-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Mainline bitter - a traditional dark English Bitter

Sometimes you just need to put down those American hops and get back to basics with a proper English Bitter. This is my recipe that's just come really good after 4 weeks bottle conditioning. Tasting notes are caramel and toffee on the nose, moderate bitterness, smooth and caramel in the mouth and a dry finish with earthy flavours from the Fuggle. I love it and it sort of reminds me of Cameron's Strongarm from 20 years ago. Enough waffle and on with the recipe:

Code:
Recipe Specifications
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Estimated OG: 1.043 SG
Estimated Color: 26.9 EBC
Estimated IBU: 33.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
29.28 l               Tesco Ashbeck                            Water         1        -             
4.00 g                Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins Water Agent   2        -             
3.00 g                Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins)        Water Agent   3        -             
3.00 g                Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins)      Water Agent   4        -             
3.62 kg               Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC)         Grain         5        93.5 %        
0.19 kg               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (240.0 EBC)   Grain         6        5.0 %         
0.06 kg               Chocolate Wheat Malt (1000.0 EBC)        Grain         7        1.5 %         
15.00 g               Challenger [12.25 %] - Boil 60.0 min     Hop           8        22.3 IBUs     
10.00 g               Fuggle [5.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min          Hop           9        7.0 IBUs      
3.00 g                Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)              Fining        10       -             
15.00 g               East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.90 %] - Boil Hop           11       3.9 IBUs      
10.00 g               Fuggle [5.80 %] - Boil 1.0 min           Hop           12       0.3 IBUs      
1.0 pkg               Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007)     Yeast         13       -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 3.88 kg
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Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 24.28 l of water at 70.8 C          68.0 C        60 min        
4ml 60% lactic acid added to mash water (Bru'n'water calcs)

Carbonate to 1.9 vols.
Target ABV was 4.1% but my WLP007 was a bit more hungry than Beersmith thought it would be, finishing at 1.008 instead of the predicted 1.011 so it's 4.6% which is fine by me because I prefer a dry finish to a bitter.
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