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Old 08-17-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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I don't drink these often, and have yet to brew one, but I had a nice one at a brew fest a few weeks back and decided this would be my next home brew.

I went through a few books of mine to come up with this. Im not really sure with the specialty grains, so if anyone has advice on that specifically it would be greatly appreciated.

Type: Extract
Date: 8/16/2011
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer:
Boil Size: 2.50 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: -
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.75 lb Pale Liquid Extract (2.5 SRM) Extract 85.99 %
0.80 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.19 %
0.30 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 3.82 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
2.00 oz Northern Brewer [9.00 %] (60 min) Hops 39.9 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [6.10 %] (20 min) Hops 4.1 IBU
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.20 %] (5 min) Hops 0.9 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs London ESB Ale (Wyeast Labs #1968) Yeast-Ale



Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.52 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 44.9 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 10.4 SRM Color: Color

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
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Are ESB's normally dry hopped?

Also appears your gravities are off a tad :P

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Old 08-17-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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That's got a bit too much crystal for my taste. I'd cut the crystal malts in half, but then you are brewing for yourself, not me. If you like a lot of crystal, your suggestion is OK.
As for the hops, that really looks excessive. I make a lot of ESB's and for a 5g batch, I use 1 oz Northern Brewer, and 0.75 oz EKG at both 15 min and flameout with no dry hopping.
I plugged your recipe into Promash, and it estimated 80 IBU.

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Old 08-18-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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That's a bitter-ass ESB.

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