I'd suggest you try a Victorian pale ale. Very simple recipe but makes modern pale ales taste rather insipid in comparison.Does anybody have a all grain recipe for a victorian/old English bitter?. A few years ago I did the muntons old english kit and after leaving it in bottles for four months was very nice but I would like to now do a all grain or extract equivalent of this beer. I would be making 23 litres.
I've made a lot of these and you can vary the ABV simply by varying the amount of pale ale.
1864 Lovibond XB (from Ron Pattinson's `the homebrewers guide to vintage beer')
5.6Kg pale malt
57g goldings (90m)
57g goldings (60m)
57g goldings (30m)
mash at 65c
yeast - I use gervin ale yeast
I made this one initially because it's one of the least bitter recipes in the book but it still knocks your socks off! Lovely floral aroma from the hops. I usually use a lot less pale malt to get the ABV down to sensible levels.