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Old 01-25-2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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Making a basic ESB with Maris, Carapils and Crystal. I have some left over Munich and Victory malts and am thinking they would be a nice addition. Which one and how much would be to style? Maybe both???

 
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:28 AM   #2
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all a matter of tatse of course but i would not use carapils, no munich if you use MO, perhaps 2 - 3% victory, 5% 40 to 60 crystal. thats it. my best ESB's all had a simple malt bill

 
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:48 AM   #3
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I always use at least 3 pounds of Munich in my ESB's for a nice malty flavor.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
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Munich kicks butt in an ESB, but is it light or dark? If light, it is hard to use too much, but I would keep it below 30%. If it's dark, you need to dial it much further down to stay in style for color and to keep it from getting too nutty. Victory also is fine, but again, you don't want it to get too toasty or nutty. A little bit of that is good in an ESB, but too much gets you into brown ale territory.

What's the Lovibond on that crystal? A healthy dose of medium range crystal is very nice in an ESB to add caramel and, if you have a bit of diacetyl, toffee notes. Lighter crystal tends to be a little too simply sweet, and darker crystal starts to add dark fruit character that is more appropriate in a barleywine.


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Old 01-25-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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I agree, don't overdo it when you're using MO. My last ESB creation definitely tickled the Brown Ale territory especially since I used a touch of chocolate malt.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:37 PM   #6
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Basically my recipe was going to be this:

8 lbs. MO
.5 lbs carapils
.5 60L crystal
Kent Goldings hopped until about 35 IBU's.
Nottinghams dry yeast
Either Victory or Munich about a pound of each or either one.


If carapils are out of the style here, I'll leave them out. Too much body? Opinions on this?


Why be careful with MO in this? Am I wrong to think it is just a great UK version of pale malt?


 
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:51 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kayos
Basically my recipe was going to be this:

8 lbs. MO
.5 lbs carapils
.5 60L crystal
Kent Goldings hopped until about 35 IBU's.
Nottinghams dry yeast
Either Victory or Munich about a pound of each or either one.


If carapils are out of the style here, I'll leave them out. Too much body? Opinions on this?


Why be careful with MO in this? Am I wrong to think it is just a great UK version of pale malt?
Both are toastier versions of pale, if it were mine I would "let it rip". Experimentation is one of the best ways to stumble onto something good. Style parameters are guidelines not rules and there are plenty of commercial breweries that stretch the bounds of style just for something new. So brew on.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:05 PM   #9
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My last ESB (and one of the best) was 8.5 lb M.O. + 0.5 lb Crystal 60

S-04 is much better than Nottingham for an ESB.

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Old 01-26-2008, 12:23 AM   #10
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My last ESB (and one of the best) was 8.5 lb M.O. + 0.5 lb Crystal 60

S-04 is much better than Nottingham for an ESB.

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I hear you, but my choices were Nottinghams or S-56. I have both. Recommend either?

It is not style as much as flavor I am going after. And yea, I know it all depends on palate, I am just trying to get opinions.

 
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