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Old 11-30-2012, 04:10 AM   #451
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I'm considering brewing this in the next few days with WLP002. I'm varying the original recipe slightly but after reading 35 pages in this thread I'm really only concerned about one thing.

This would be my second AG batch and my first, a Belgian Red, came out with an 82% efficiency. It's hard to say if that'll happen again since I'm so green. If it does however, then I'll get an OG of something like 1.061 and with the low attenuation of WLP002 the FG will be near 1.019 which is too sweet for this style.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but my guess is that I should mash at a lower temp. I'm thinking 150F should do it but I'd like to hear what you folks with more experience have to say first.

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #452
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I'm considering brewing this in the next few days with WLP002. I'm varying the original recipe slightly but after reading 35 pages in this thread I'm really only concerned about one thing.

This would be my second AG batch and my first, a Belgian Red, came out with an 82% efficiency. It's hard to say if that'll happen again since I'm so green. If it does however, then I'll get an OG of something like 1.061 and with the low attenuation of WLP002 the FG will be near 1.019 which is too sweet for this style.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but my guess is that I should mash at a lower temp. I'm thinking 150F should do it but I'd like to hear what you folks with more experience have to say first.
Yeah, I recommend anyone using WLP002, Wyeast 1968, or any other liquid british yeast with known low attenuation to mash this recipe at 148-150.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:44 PM   #453
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I had a Bitch Creek ESB the other day and really liked it. Gonna try brewing my first esb using your recipe. Can't wait!

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #454
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I brewed this last night, all went fairly well, my efficiency was a bit lower than I expected but I still got an OG of 1.056. I'm looking forward to drinking this in a month or so. My LHBS only had one ounce of EKG in stock (unusual, they're normally stocked full) so I bought some UK Progress to make up the difference.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:09 AM   #455
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So I'm about 3/4 the way through my batch, aged about 7 weeks, I get a really earthy taste from the hops as opposed to bitter.. might have to do the recipe again and just see it wasn't a bad batch. An enjoyable and drinkable drop for sure, just not how I was hoping it to taste.

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:52 PM   #456
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Just added 2oz of my whole hops from the backyard to the primary for some dry hopping. The color was fantastic and it tasted delicious already. Gravity was at 1.020 -- so maybe I shouldn't have dry hopped yet since the goal is to aim for 1.014? I'm not sure. I did let it sit for 2 weeks even though the recipe recommended 3 weeks. I've read so much conflicting information as to when dry hopping should start (after initial fermentation 7-10 days v. total 3-4 weeks). I just shot for inbetween those recommendations. Anyhow, we'll see what happens. I'm excited. I'll drop a line when I bottle. Cheers!
It looks like there are a few folks who've dry hopped this....

My question, I've ran into some issues, [I think my thermometer is out of calibration and I mashed too high], and I've got a stuck/finished fermentation at 1.03.

It's been there for 2 weeks at 68F. Hydrometer samples are pretty sweet but not way over the top like I expected. Wondering if I dry hop it with the left over 1/2oz of Fuggle I've got or something else if it would help compensate for the residual sweetness?
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So I'm about 3/4 the way through my batch, aged about 7 weeks, I get a really earthy taste from the hops as opposed to bitter.. might have to do the recipe again and just see it wasn't a bad batch. An enjoyable and drinkable drop for sure, just not how I was hoping it to taste.
I think its the S04. I just pulled a sample out of my ferment after a week and I get a very earthy taste, but the fuggles sure help contribute me thinks we my experience in working with them. Hit the OPs number perfectly, will keg tomorrow and start drinking when I'm not on call next Monday most likely.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #458
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I made this beer about a month ago and used some Safale t-58 and it is fantastic. The T-58 gave it a little banana like flavors and it really works well I think. I know it's not to style but tastes great. Definitely a new go to favorite for me.

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:57 PM   #459
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I brewed this ESB on Thanksgiving morning. Only change to the recipe was that I used Wyeast British Ale 1098 and decided to pitch a second smack pack - Thames Valley 1275 - on Friday morning since SG was 1.062. Tasted the sample this morning when transferring to a Corny and it is already very tasty. Thanks for sharing this great recipe... I suspect I will be making this one again.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:55 PM   #460
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Has anybody brewed this beer with London ESB Ale (W 1968) Yeast? How did it come out? Thanks in advance.

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