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Old 07-02-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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I've never had this beer, but my husband read about it and thought it sounded good. He looked around online and found this:

OG 1044
Pale malt 90%
Crystal malt 6%
Torrified wheat 4%

Hops:-
Goldings start of boil aim for 36 EBU
Goldings last 15 mins 20g
Goldings dry hop or soak for 1/2 hour after turning boil off 8g.

Use a good top fermenting yeast. (wyeast 1028 or WLP 005)

There are a few other "clone" recipes online, too, like this one:

2 lbs. Maris Otter Pale info
.875 lbs. Crystal Malt 40°L info
1 lbs. English Wheat Malt info
.5 lbs. Dextrine Malt info
.25 lbs. Belgian Aromatic info
.03 lbs. Roasted Barley info
4 lbs. Liquid Light Extract info
.50 oz. Columbus (Pellets, 15.40 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 4.75 %AA) boiled 15 min. info
.25 oz. Fuggle (Pellets, 4.75 %AA) boiled 10 min. info
.25 oz. Target (Pellets, 8.5 %AA) boiled 10 min. info
.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 4.75 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
Yeast : White Labs WLP005 British Ale info

Since I've never even had this beer, I'm wondered what you guys think! I might use the malt bill from this second recipe (converting it to all-grain) but use only EKG hops. The Black Sheep website says they use only the EKG hops.

Anybody have any input?
Thanks!

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Old 07-02-2007, 03:35 PM   #2
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I'd go with the first one with Maris Otter cause it is nice and simple and will highlight the British Pale malt and then play around with future batches.

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I drink it all the time, bottled and on draft.
It's made about 90 miles from here.

Most UK bitters use simple recipes. I'd go for the top one and use a dried danstar yeast.
Mash at the top of the range and up the IBU to balance.

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Good advice, guys! Thanks. I'll make the first one then (using marris otter malt) soon. I think I have a dried Windsor yeast around here in the fridge. Again, thanks!

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Just played around with recipator....does this sound about right?

Brewer: - Email: -
Beer: - Style: English Ordinary Bitter
Type: All grain Size: 5.5 gallons
Color: 9 HCU (~7 SRM)
Bitterness: 28 IBU
OG: 1.037 FG: 1.009
Alcohol: 3.6% v/v (2.8% w/w)
Grain: 8 lb. British pale
.5 lb. British crystal 50-60L
.5 lb. Flaked wheat
Mash: 60% efficiency
Boil: minutes SG 1.031 6.5 gallons
Hops: 1 oz. Kent Goldings (5% AA, 60 min.)
1 oz. Kent Goldings (5% AA, 15 min.)
1 oz. Kent Goldings (aroma)

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That's pretty much what I was thinking, too! I thought about 1.5 ounces bittering hops, though, since my EKG hops are around 5% or so, for IBUs of 36. (My efficiency is around 75-78%, so that would give me an og of around 1.054 or so, so I think I'd need the slightly higher IBUs to balance it.)

I think I'll use that recipe, thanks!

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Cool, what temp would you mash at? Like 155 or higher maybe?

Also, would you dry hop this?

Seem's like a pretty easy AG. I've vowed i won't brew again until I get all of my AG stuff together....just got a nice raise at work so it shouldn't be too much longer!

This might be my first batch I brew with my new stuff...

Good luck!

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Yep, I'll mash at 156 or 158 or so. I'm not going to dry hop it, but I'll do the last hops addition at flameout. I read about the beer (I don't have Orfy's hands-on experience with this beer!) and it talks about the body and maltiness with just a hint of hops. So, that's my goal.

I think it will be easy- just one step mash and batch sparge. Not too many grains to mess with, either.

Thanks for the input!

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I drink it all the time, bottled and on draft.
It's made about 90 miles from here.

Most UK bitters use simple recipes. I'd go for the top one and use a dried danstar yeast.
Mash at the top of the range and up the IBU to balance.
I thought I recognised the name! Yeup, nice beer.
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Isn't Black Sheep the same beer as the Monty Python's Holy Gr-Ale?

The samples I've had have been skunked, so I can't give any great feedback, but I agree that a bitter recipe should be simple and use earthy hops.

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