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ajf 08-15-2008 04:08 PM

Alan's Special Bitter
 
A ProMash Brewing Session Report
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Recipe: Alan's Special Bitter

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 5.25 Wort Size (Gal): 5.25
Total Grain (Lbs): 8.25
Anticipated OG: 1.044 Plato: 11.04
Anticipated SRM: 8.3
Anticipated IBU: 40.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual OG: 1.044 Plato: 11.06
Actual FG: 1.008 Plato: 2.05

Alc by Weight: 3.76 by Volume: 4.79 From Measured Gravities.
ADF: 81.5 RDF 67.5 Apparent & Real Degree of Fermentation.

Actual Mash System Efficiency: 81 %
Anticipated Points From Mash: 44.36
Actual Points From Mash: 47.89


Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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90.9 7.50 lbs. Maris Otter Great Britain 1.038 3
9.1 0.75 lbs. Crystal 55L Great Britian 1.034 55

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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1.00 oz. New Zealand Hallertauer Whole 8.60 36.7 60 min.
0.50 oz. Willamette Whole 5.00 3.6 20 min.
0.50 oz. Willamette Whole 5.00 0.0 0 min.


Yeast
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White Labs WLP002 English Ale


Mash Schedule
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Mash Type: Single Step
Heat Type: Infusion

Grain Lbs: 8.25
Water Qts: 8.25 - Before Additional Infusions
Water Gal: 2.06 - Before Additional Infusions

Qts Water Per Lbs Grain: 1.00 - Before Additional Infusions

Saccharification Rest Temp: 152 Time: 60
Mash-out Rest Temp: 168 Time: 10
Sparge Temp: 168 Time: 60

Runnings Stopped At: 1.010 SG 2.56 Plato

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.

Kegged straight from primary. No forced carbonation or priming sugar.
Ready to drink after 3 weeks at 4 PSI and 57F. Compares very favorably with the Special Bitters served on draft in English pubs.

MrFeltimo 03-13-2014 06:58 PM

Englishman living in the States? me too.
Nice receipe.
Im still trying to create a nice beer that reminds me of the Motherland.

ajf 03-14-2014 03:53 PM

What makes you think I am English? :D
The recipe was designed during the great hop shortage when you couldn't get EKG. I still make it several times each year, but substitute Northern Brewer for the bittering hops, and EKG for the flavor and aroma hops.
If it weren't for home-brewing, I don't think I would enjoy the US so much, as I like my daily pint (or two) and it would be a pain to have to go back to England, just to satisfy my cravings.

-a.

MrFeltimo 03-15-2014 01:43 PM

Yeah long way to go for a pint. Funny thing is, I didn't get into brewing until a couple of years ago and I didn't even think about a good ol pint of bitter, before. until the brewing thing came along, now all I think about is English ales and how I can make them.


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