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Old 09-25-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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So I'm about to bottle my first true ESB-- english malt, lots of fuggles, S-04 yeast. I see the style is slightly undercarbed, but I'm concerned if I do this I might regret it. I will probably drink these on the colder side (40F), as opposed to traditional 55F, and have ended up feeling that my beers are a bit undercarbed anyway. So should I just go ahead and carbonate as usual? Anyone undercarb and then regret it?

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Old 09-25-2010, 05:47 PM   #2
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ESBs taste just fine regularly carbonated.

Ordinary bitters do really need the lower carbonation to taste right.

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Its a true ESB, 30 bitterness and 4.5% alcohol. I'll go ahead and carbonate as usual and keep in mind to undercarbonate only the ordinary bitter. I will be bottling, if that makes any difference.

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The thing about carbonation is you can swirl it out if it is too much, but you are pretty well screwed if you wanted more.

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