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Old 10-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Extract - Pistol's ESB

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Wyeast 109
Yeast Starter: 2 quarts
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 40-44
Boiling Time (Minutes): 40
Color: 15?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 @ 70F
Additional Fermentation: None
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): None
Tasting Notes: A slight fruiter taste, not too pronounced, late spicyness.

Grain Bill:
3.75# Cooper's English Bitter hopped LME
3# Munton's Light DME

Hops:
1oz Willemette @ 10-15 minutes

Yeast:
Wyeast British Ale in 2 quart starter
Note: I would consider SAFALE 04 at the recommendation of a poster to save money and time.

This is my house ale for it's extreme level of simplicity. I've turned it around in 4 weeks and it's a good gateway beer to introduce your friends to homebrewing.

I serve @ 40F in a pint glass. Pour a bottle directely down the middle of the pint glass and you'll get a perfect pour everytime.

Edit: Can a moderator change my recipe to say Wyeast 1098 please.

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Old 10-10-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
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Speaking of Pistol . . .

I saw a great play last night, called St. Crispin's Day. It takes Shakespeare's Henry and turns it on its head, its from the point of view of the peasant/soldiers, including Pistol. Its a very subversive and funny play.

Your recipe looks like a good extract bitter batch! I'm enjoying a batch of bitter now, too!

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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If you find it light on body you may want to add some steeping grains. Also, a little irish moss may help with a little clarity. Of course my goal is simplicity and steeping grains is about 50% of the work involved in an extract session, so it's optional.

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Old 11-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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What exactly is it that you're boiling? I thought coopers kits, or any hopped extract kits, don't need to be boiled, and actually would impart a bad flavor to the beer. I guess this is wrong, but I'd like to know what it is you're boiling?

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Old 11-13-2009, 03:20 PM   #5
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I boiled the liquid extract for 40 minutes, then I added the DME the last 20 minutes. I've been told boiling extract w/ hops helps hop utilization. Next time I make the recipe I may not boil for 40 minutes, and just long enough to help the hops.

You could probably get away with a 15 minute boil.

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Old 12-09-2009, 01:16 AM   #6
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I made this again tonight and see zero reason for a 40 minute boil. I boiled it for 15 minutes. I see no reason that wouldn't be adequate.

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Old 12-11-2009, 01:17 AM   #7
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After lurking and lurking I decided to use this recipe for my first homebrew. I did modify it a bit as I just did a 10 minute boil of the hops. Then flame out and ad the DME and Coopers. Just finished bottling after 14 days in primary. If the finished product tastes better than the 2 pints I put down while bottling I will be quite happy.

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After lurking and lurking I decided to use this recipe for my first homebrew. I did modify it a bit as I just did a 10 minute boil of the hops. Then flame out and ad the DME and Coopers. Just finished bottling after 14 days in primary. If the finished product tastes better than the 2 pints I put down while bottling I will be quite happy.
Gotta love when people down 2 pints warm flat beer while they bottle. I'm glad you went with it. Let me know how it turns out.
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I've been looking for a quick, good recipe to boost my stockpile. This might be it…

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Just had an unusual white Christmas here in Oklahoma and it is snowing again. Christmas eve was a hit with my first batch of home brew Pistol's ESB...Thanks for the recipe. Sorry for bad cel phone pic.
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