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Old 04-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I just finished my first ag with a red ipa with good results and wanted to make an English bitter next. Ive looked around a little and have some ideas but wanted to know if anyone had a good recipe or certain grains you like for an English bitter. I would welcome help on hop additions too but that seems a little more straightforward. Thanks!

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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Maris otter is a must for bitters (or halcyon or optic, etc.). Also, british crystals make a more authentic bitter than american crystal malts. If you want to go simple, maris otter with 5% british crystal makes a great bitter. You can expand from there. And any combination of EKG, fuggles, northdown, styrian goldings, or challenger hops makes good british beer.

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Thanks that's really helpful. I've wanted to try biscuit malt, do you think 8lb Maris otter 1lb biscuit 1lb crystal sounds good for a five gallon batch or is that too much biscuit or crystal?

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I know a lot of people like biscuit malt, but I've never been a fan. I much prefer a little amber malt in a bitter for that toasty flavor. About half a lb has worked well for me.

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Thanks that's really helpful. I've wanted to try biscuit malt, do you think 8lb Maris otter 1lb biscuit 1lb crystal sounds good for a five gallon batch or is that too much biscuit or crystal?
I don't do English style Ales, but I find a half pound of biscuit (I use victory, i am told they are similar) and 1/2 pound crystal to be about as much as I like. I do think in a maltier English style closer to a pound would work, as long as it is a bigger ale, esb or pale.
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