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Old 12-31-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default I'm thinking about brewing this as my first a.g. beer what do you think?

English County best
Brew Type: All Grain Date: 1/5/2008
Style: English Special or Best Bitter Brewer: Mark Gable
Batch Size: 5.33 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 6.80 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Cooler (48 qt)


Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 48.78 %
1.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 14.63 %
1.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 14.63 %
0.75 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7.32 %
0.50 lb Barley, Torrefied (1.7 SRM) Grain 4.88 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.88 %
0.50 lb Munich Malt - 20L (15.0 SRM) Grain 4.88 %
1.00 oz Challenger [6.30 %] (45 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 21.5 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.10 %] (15 min) Hops 8.5 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.00 %] (5 min) Hops 2.7 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.053 SG (1.039-1.045 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.015 SG (1.009-1.014 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Estimated Color: 6.6 SRM (6.0-14.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 32.7 IBU (20.0-45.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 11.4 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 4.91 % (3.70-4.80 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 4.95 %
Actual Calories: 201 cal/pint


Mash Profile Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out Mash Tun Weight: 9.00 lb
Mash Grain Weight: 10.25 lb Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 5.30 gal Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 11.94 qt of water at 164.3 F 149.0 F 75 min


Mash Notes
Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Carbonation Volumes: 2.4 (0.8-2.1 vols)
Estimated Priming Weight: 4.0 oz Temperature at Bottling: 60.1 F
Primer Used: - Age for: 4.0 Weeks
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

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Old 01-01-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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This is a complex beer but it should work for your first AG. A couple of suggestions though:
You show 5 pounds of MO and 1 1/2 Lb of pail malt. Couldn't you just use all MO?

1 1/2 pounds of crystal is a lot. Maybe reduce it to 1/2 to 1 pound and use a darker, say 60ºL crystal.

.75 pounds of Vienna and .5 pounds of Munich aren't going to have a huge effect on your beer. You might think about increasing them some and reduce your base malt by the difference. Both of these will convert during the mash.

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Old 01-01-2008, 12:16 AM   #3
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The only things I have to add to what Richbrewer said are kind of nit-picky- I'd assume you won't get 75% efficiency. Not a problem at all, but you may want to plug in like 65% to see what that does to the IBUs in Beersmith. If you have a lower sg (and you might if this is your first batch), you will have a hoppier brew than you planned.

The other thing- I like ESBs and see them as malty, medium bodied. I'd up the mash temp to 154 ish.

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I agree with YooperBrew; crank up the mash temp to around 154 and let that go for about 90 minutes. This is a maltier style and the increase in temp will produce more unfermentable sugars in the mash, leading to a fuller bodied beer. I would also do a mash out at about 170 for about 10 minutes, to denature the enzymes. I have done this style in the past and used a similar profile with good success.

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English County best
Brew Type: All Grain Date: 1/5/2008
Style: English Special or Best Bitter Brewer: Mark Gable
Batch Size: 5.33 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 6.80 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Cooler (48 qt)
Actual Efficiency: 69.44 %
Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 62.50 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt - 20L (15.0 SRM) Grain 10.42 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 10.42 %
0.50 lb Barley, Torrefied (1.7 SRM) Grain 5.21 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 5.21 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 5.21 %
0.10 lb Chocolate Wheat Malt (400.0 SRM) Grain 1.04 %
1.00 oz Challenger [6.30 %] (40 min) Hops 19.1 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.10 %] (15 min) Hops 8.7 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.00 %] (5 min) Hops 2.8 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.050 SG (1.039-1.045 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.014 SG (1.009-1.014 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Estimated Color: 11.8 SRM (6.0-14.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 30.6 IBU (20.0-45.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 11.4 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 4.63 % (3.70-4.80 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 4.95 %
Actual Calories: 201 cal/pint


Mash Profile Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Mash Tun Weight: 9.00 lb
Mash Grain Weight: 9.60 lb Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 5.20 gal Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 12.00 qt of water at 169.4 F 154.0 F 60 min


Mash Notes
Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Carbonation Volumes: 2.4 (0.8-2.1 vols)
Estimated Priming Weight: 4.0 oz Temperature at Bottling: 60.1 F
Primer Used: - Age for: 4.0 Weeks
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

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