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So last night i pulled the trigger and ordered a lbs of EKG and a lbs of galena and now i don't know what to brew. I went with those because i've used them with my chiswick bitters clone and i know i'll make this again in the future.

Anyway, i'm looking for some suggestions as to what else i can make with this combination, or something similar.

I'm a fan of english ales, but haven't really been exposed to many besides ESBs and such.

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You can pretty much run through every English style with those two hops! Galena for bittering, EKG for flavor and aroma. Mild, NEBA, SEBA, Bitter, etc.

You could brew a whole family of bitters with just Maris Otter and crystal, adjusting your bitterness and grainbill poundage to fit the style. Ordinary Bitter --->Best Bitter ---> ESB.

Mild makes my heart go pitter-pat.
 
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cool, thanks. I went with this combo because i figured i could brew all the bitters i could stand. I'll admit my ignorance and tell you i don't really know much about mild or most of the others you mentioned.

I'll give a look at the style guidelines, but any insight into why they make your heart race would be appreciated, as well.

I really threw this question out there because i wanted to see what other kinds of beer i could make that i might not have been exposed to before
 

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Mild is just a supremely quaffable and flavorful session pint; mine comes in around 3.5% ABV.

Malty sweetness with some caramel tones with a dry finish from darker grains. Yummy.
 

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You can do cream ales with the EKG. I think i used it in a stout before too. Lots of options with EKG
 
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If I could have but a single hop, it would be EKG. Srsly.
i got on a fuggles kick after a recipe called for EKG but my lhbs didn't have any so they suggested Fuggles. Well, of course i ended up with an odd amount leftover and then needed another full oz to make another recipe etc etc.

Well, i recently used EKG and i gotta say, i think i like it a lot. Hence the full pound order.

There does seem to be a lot of options with EKG
 

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EKG and Fuggle together work amazingly well. The earthiness of the Fuggle and the floral character of the EKG. Spectacular.
 
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you linked to your mild recipe and i assume you like it a lot since it alters your heart rate. What are some of your other favorites and what hops do you like to use or buy in bulk?
 

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you linked to your mild recipe and i assume you like it a lot since it alters your heart rate. What are some of your other favorites and what hops do you like to use or buy in bulk?
I brew mostly English and Scottish ales, so I always have Fuggles, Goldings and Willamette on hand. Galena is great as a clean high-alpha bittering hop. I also like Challenger for bittering, and I've used it for flavor/aroma in my English IPA.
 
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Any good scottish ales you'd recommend? I am still trying to come up with something to brew. Part of me wants to go light for summer, but i haven't found any inspiration there, plus i've got some SWMBO Slayer in primary that i haven't felt like tasting yet.

I think i'll give your mild a try when i finally drink all of my nut brown (since i think they are very similar in style).
 
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