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Old 08-20-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Looking for recipe input for a Special Bitter. After reading recipes from around the net, here's my initial take. I am shooting for low abv and good mouthfeel. I want a lower cabonated session beer like those found on tap in english pubs.

DC Republican Bitter

6.5 lbs. American 6-row Pale
1.0 lbs. Crystal Malt 40°L
1/4 lb. Torrified Wheat
1 lb Carapils
3/4oz. Challenger (Pellets, 8.00 %AA) boiled 60 min
1 oz Northern Brewer

All-grain. Challenger for bittering 60 mins; Northern Brewer split for aroma and flavor (half @ 15 min, half at 1 min).

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OG = 1.040 Targeted FG = 1.009
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Way too much Carapils in my opinion. If I recall, it's only recommended that Carapils make up only 1-2% of the grain bill. Replace most of that pils with more base malt and just mash at a higher temp, say 155. Mouthfeel galore.

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Way too much Carapils in my opinion. If I recall, it's only recommended that Carapils make up only 1-2% of the grain bill. Replace most of that pils with more base malt and just mash at a higher temp, say 155. Mouthfeel galore.
Also, a lower carbonation will make for a better mouthfeel in this type of beer.
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Personally, I don't really care for Northern Brewer for a flavoring hop, except for some IPA recipes. It can be, in my opinion, pretty damn harsh. I'd be inclined to go a more tradional route and use either EKG or Fuggles (or split those two).

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great tips all. Appreciated.

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Personally, I don't really care for Northern Brewer for a flavoring hop, except for some IPA recipes. It can be, in my opinion, pretty damn harsh. I'd be inclined to go a more tradional route and use either EKG or Fuggles (or split those two).
I was going to suggest the same thing. IMO, a bitter is just not a bitter without EKG.
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I would also suggest using less carapils and maybe using a darker crystal. As for hops, I second the EKG recommendation (you could also use Fuggles), Northern Brewer is just too aggressive for the style.

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oops, that should have been 0.5 # carapils. At any rate, based on you suggs, here's the revamped (I don't have a darker Crystal):

7.25 lbs. American 6-row Pale info
1.00 lbs. Crystal Malt 40°L info
0.25 lbs. English Wheat Malt info
0.20 lbs. Dextrine Malt info
0.75 oz. Challenger (Pellets, 8.00 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
0.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 15 min. info
0.50 oz. East Kent Goldings (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
This hits my targets all around. Cheers and thanks again all!

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Also, if you can get it, I think an English 2-row malt will suit this beer better.

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Personally I'd switch that American 6-row out with Maris Otter.

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