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Brewing and beer tasting on Friday


On Friday I will be brewing my first English Pale Ale / ESB ever. After closer to 30 batches of mostly American-style beers, I will join a couple of friends (Ingemar, Marcus N and Rasmus) over at a friend’s place (Marcus L), where we will be brewing and drinking some nice beer. Marcus L doesn’t have any brewing equipment of his own yet, so we will be brewing a stove-top BIAB, using a mixture of equipment that us guests are bringing with us. I designed the recipe (see below) for 15 litres of ESB hopped with East Kent Goldings, and hopefully it will make a tasty beer. Looking at other recipes online, most ESBs seem to have a simple malt bill with 90-95% pale ale malt and 5-10% Crystal malt, so went with something similar. I used three types of crystal malt for some complexity and a large hop addition late in the boil for some nice hop aroma. I have no idea what kind of efficiency we will be getting, so calculated the ingredients using a pessimistic guess of 55% efficiency.

Recipe: ESB BIAB
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 20.5 l
Post Boil Volume: 17.7 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 15 l   
Bottling Volume: 14 l
Estimated OG: 1.056 SG
Estimated Color: 25.6 EBC
Estimated IBU: 36.4 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 55.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt           Name                                     Type      #    %/IBU         
4.500 kg      Pale Ale (2-row) (6.0 EBC)               Grain     1    90.0 %        
0.300 kg      Crystal 100 (110.0 EBC)                  Grain     2    6.0 %         
0.100 kg      Cara Plus 10 (10.0 EBC)                  Grain     3    2.0 %         
0.100 kg      Crystal 300 (330.0 EBC)                  Grain     4    2.0 %         
25.00 g       Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 60.0 Hop       5    19.2 IBUs     
25.00 g       Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 15.0 Hop       6    9.5 IBUs      
50.00 g       Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 5.0  Hop       7    7.7 IBUs      
1.0 pkg       SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast     8    -             

The list of beers we will be drinking is nice as well, and it includes 4 of my homebrews, which will all have tasting debuts, and 10 commercial beers. The list is:

I will be posting a report, along with pictures, both over the brewday and with tasting notes. I’m already looking forward to Friday!

By the way, Unexpected Predator (my homebrewed American Strong Ale / IPA) got a great review over at Reittausblogi (unfortunately only in Finnish). I’ve really liked the beer myself (only a couple of bottles left), but it’s sweetening up a bit as it ages, and would maybe have liked a bit more bitterness to back up the sweetness. Otherwise a really nice beer, that I would recommend to anyone wanting to brew a hoppy, bitter and malty strong ale.

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