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Old 08-08-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default So what did I brew?

Last weekend I brewed my first batch of beer in several years, and first all-grain beer ever. I actually didn't follow a recipe (doh!) or attempt to brew a specific style, but just sort of used a basic combination of ingredients on hand at the LHBS. My wife just asked me what I brewed, and beyond "beer", I'm not sure what to say.

Here's what I used:

10# American 2-row pale malt
1# crystal malt (60)
.75 Perle Hops (8.2) 60 minutes
.75 Perle Hops (8.2) 30 minutes
.5 Kent Goldings (4.5) 10 minutes
.5 Kent Goldings (4.5) 2 minutes
1 tsp irish moss 15 minutes
White Labs English Ale (002) from 1 qt starter

OG was 1.060 (only got 4.5 gallons to fermenter)
ProMash says IBU's should be 52.6
BeerSmith say IBU's should be 45.6

I think the gravity, color, bitterness, and yeast choice points to an ESB. But the American Pale malt seems wrong for an ESB. So I dunno what it is.

The wife is demanding a name for this brew. What style does this look like it should be?

And does it look like it'll suck?

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Old 08-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #2
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It's right about an ESB, especially with the English yeast. Actually, for the gravity and bittering, it's closer to a traditional English IPA.
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ESB is an English brand and an American style.

With the mix of American malt, multi-national hops, and English yeast, how about LIMA (Lost in Mid Atlantic) ESB.

FWIW, I brewed almost the same beer today, but the malt came from England, and the hops from New Zealand and America. I'm saving my EKG's for an upcoming IPA

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