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Old 18-08-2017, 03:37 PM   #1
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Just bottled up 14 assorted sized bottles of a 'tinkered with' Brakspear recipie.
Initial (on bottling) aroma and taste points to possibly my best bitter brew to date.Time will tell
6 litre batch. BIAB(dunk sparge). 90 min mash. 70 min boil.
660 grm Irish pale malt
310 grm Irish stout malt
27 grm crystal malt(90L)
8 grm black malt
20 grm flaked barley
8 grm Challenger pellets 70 min
1/2 protofloc tablet 15 min
4 grm Styrian goldings pellets 2 min
4 grm styrian goldings pellets dry hop 5 days
1/2 pack gervin yeast re hydrated
OG 1.036
FG 1.007/8
ABV 3.75% IBU 30.52 SRM 9.81
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I'm currently making my way through a batch of bitter with the same OG/FG, but I'm finding it too dry/light of body. If I was to do the same again using notty, I'd defiantly either mash higher than the 66C I mashed at or add more crystal or both. Flavour wise though its quite good
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I'm currently making my way through a batch of bitter with the same OG/FG, but I'm finding it too dry/light of body. If I was to do the same again using notty, I'd defiantly either mash higher than the 66C I mashed at or add more crystal or both. Flavour wise though its quite good
Hoping the flaked barley will add something to this
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Thats what I was thinking. FB is supposed to add body so hopefully it will
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Mmmmmmmmmmm
not great at all. Not nasty just boringly mundane.
What is it about bitter that seems to make it hard to come up with something really good.
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I think were spoilt by all the variety and exoctic beer styles that are now out their. Bitter just seems pedestrian. Not for me though, I love bitter. I've just pitched the yeast into a First Gold/Hallertau Mittelfrauh bitter
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I think were spoilt by all the variety and exoctic beer styles that are now out their. Bitter just seems pedestrian. Not for me though, I love bitter. I've just pitched the yeast into a First Gold/Hallertau Mittelfrauh bitter
Out of many betters,i have done one really nice one and that was extract,all the others have been mundane and lacking.
IPA's,APA's,Pales,Stouts etc etc not a problem,arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Out of many betters,i have done one really nice one and that was extract,all the others have been mundane and lacking.
IPA's,APA's,Pales,Stouts etc etc not a problem,arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
What yeast have you used? Have you tried a 'proper' English liquid (or cultured up from a bottle) strain. As bitter are yeast driven of course, and perhaps that's what your finding lacking?
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What yeast have you used? Have you tried a 'proper' English liquid (or cultured up from a bottle) strain. As bitter are yeast driven of course, and perhaps that's what your finding lacking?
Only dried yeast's. Not progressed as far as culturing my own up!.
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Only dried yeast's. Not progressed as far as culturing my own up!.
That'll be it then. Whilst I'm happy to drink bitters made with dried yeast (and I love the convenience), the bitters I've made with cultured up strains are far superior to the bitters I've made with dried yeast (It's definately the yeast, as I have a bitter reciepe that I use across the board).
If you regularly make bitter, it's definatley worth culturing up some 'proper' bitter yeast
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