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ajf 08-15-2008 04:08 PM

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

Recipe Specifics

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


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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.


White Labs WLP002 English Ale

Mash Schedule

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.


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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