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Old 02-14-2012, 08:33 PM   #321
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aidin, I think your recipe and the process you describe for FWH are good. Toss the hops in when you take the steeped grains out and it should be very close to the same results. Cheers!
Thanks. I've order my grains and hops so will brew it this weekend if they arrive on time.

One more question: As there is no dry hops in this recipe, is dry hopping generally not done with a traditional English bitter?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:17 PM   #322
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Thanks. I've order my grains and hops so will brew it this weekend if they arrive on time.

One more question: As there is no dry hops in this recipe, is dry hopping generally not done with a traditional English bitter?
Dry hopping is fairly common in bitters, though not nearly to the level of most american IPAs. It definitely wouldn't hurt to dry hop this beer, if that's the direction you want to go. But probably keep it to 0.5 oz or less.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:46 AM   #323
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This beer gets better and better. I've been drinking these for a few weeks, or maybe a month now, and I'm down to six or seven left -- tonight I had the best yet! Aesthetically stunning, too. Going to rebrew this soon. Thanks again.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:25 PM   #324
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So the highest caramel malt my LHBS had was Caramel 120. I grabbed 0.25 lb of that. Do you think this will work? Should I grab something else to compensate for the lack of color that the higher caramel would have given the beer?

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #325
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So the highest caramel malt my LHBS had was Caramel 120. I grabbed 0.25 lb of that. Do you think this will work? Should I grab something else to compensate for the lack of color that the higher caramel would have given the beer?
C120 will be fine. The beer will be slightly lighter in color but it will still taste great. If you want to get the color back, you can add an ounce or so of a dark grain like chocolate malt, black patent or roasted barley. At that small an amount, you won't taste it.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #326
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After all of the rave reviews, I'm going to try this on Sunday. Hopefully the LHBS will have all of the neccessary ingredients for this baby.

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #327
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Keen to try this out as I've got some Kent Golding hops sitting in the freezer & I love ESBs.... Anyone got a good partial mash version of it?

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:59 PM   #328
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Keen to try this out as I've got some Kent Golding hops sitting in the freezer & I love ESBs.... Anyone got a good partial mash version of it?
What's your mash capacity? Just mash as much maris otter you can fit with the crystal malts. Then use 0.6 lb of light DME for each pound of maris otter you couldn't fit.

You may want to adjust the FWH addition amount based on your process:

Add more FWHs if doing a partial boil.
Add less FWHs if doing a late extract addition.
etc.

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Hey king, are you using Crystal 40L and 120L American, or are you able to find UK style grains for the Crystal?

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What's your mash capacity? Just mash as much maris otter you can fit with the crystal malts. Then use 0.6 lb of light DME for each pound of maris otter you couldn't fit.
I'm using a 5gallon pot, usually mashing about 2 1/2 pounds of grain. So far, it's all been kits from AHS (my local store) so this is breaking new ground for
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Crisp Maris Otter 10 lbs, 0 oz
Crisp Crystal Malt 60L 0 lbs, 12 oz
Crisp Crystal Malt 120L 0 lbs, 4 oz

So, 1lb for the malt, maybe 2 pounds of Maris Otter, leaving 7lb of LME? I'll be using LME as I can get it nice & fresh from AHS in-store. "Extra Pale" work?

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You may want to adjust the FWH addition amount based on your process:

Add more FWHs if doing a partial boil.
Add less FWHs if doing a late extract addition.
etc.
Good luck!
I haven't done First Wort Hops... Another new step
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