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Old 26-10-2017, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Old Britannia - it's a bit peculier

There's just about enough time to get your Christmas brew on. I did mine a while ago and I'm in danger of drinking it before Christmas even gets here.

This one's inspired by the Theakston's Old Peculier recipe in Graham Wheeler's book. I've made enough adjustments for it to be unique in its own right and at only 30 days conditioning I'm really pleased with the outcome. It's rich and chocolately with dark fruit notes, balanced by a good amount of bitterness and flavour from the classic English hops.

Here's the complete recipe:

Recipe: Old Britannia
Style: Strong Bitter
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 25.40 l
Post Boil Volume: 22.40 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 20.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 18.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.052
Estimated FG: 1.014 
Estimated ABV: 5.0%
Estimated Color: 52.8 EBC
Estimated IBU: 45.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

30.23 l     Tesco Ashbeck                               Water 
4.13 g      Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins)   Water Agent
3.10 g      Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins)           Water Agent
3.10 g      Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins)         Water Agent

3.09 kg     Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC)            Grain        64.0 %        
1.11 kg     BEST Munich Dark (BESTMALZ) (28.0 EBC)      Grain        23.0 %        
0.29 kg     Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (113.0 EBC)      Grain        6.0 %         
0.19 kg     Chocolate Malt (1125.0 EBC)                 Grain        4.0 %         
0.14 kg     Special B Malt (300.0 EBC)                  Grain        3.0 %         

15.00 g     Challenger [12.25 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop         20.7 IBUs     
15.00 g     Challenger [12.25 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop         12.5 IBUs     
3.00 g      Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)                  Fining                   
35.00 g     Fuggle [5.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min              Hop         8.3 IBUs      
35.00 g     East Kent Goldings [5.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min   Hop         4.0 IBUs      
1.0 pkg     Burton Ale (White Labs #WLP023)              Yeast             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge (5l)
Total Grain Weight: 4.82 kg

Name      Description                      Step Temperature Step Time     
Mash In   Add 25.23 l of water at 70.3 C   67.0 C           60 min
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