Sunday, May 15, 2011

Brew Day: English ESB w/ Invert No. 2

More beer... just what I need. I am pretty much running out of kegs, bottles, casks, and places to put the stuff, but alas I keep on brewing. I blame the homebrew store. It seems every time I walk through the door they have some new yeast strain I have never tried and/or some very fresh examples of my favorites that lure me with their siren songs of fresh beer and brewdays. This week I picked up a vial of WLP 009 Australian Ale, WY1968, WY1318, and two fresh packs of WY1882 - Thames Valley II. I figured I would put the London ESB yeast to good use and make up a batch of its namesake. The recipe is pretty simple, though I did use some No. 2 Invert that I had made a while ago. If you have never used homemade invert syrup in a batch of English bitter, you are really missing out.

Hops are up!
Old Pretender : English ESB

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 4.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 6.75
Anticipated OG: 1.054
Anticipated FG: 1.012
Anticipated SRM: 12.0
Anticipated IBU: 40
Efficiency: 80%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

81.5%  - 5.5 lbs. Pale Malt, Maris Otter (TF)
7.4%  - 0.5 lbs. Crystal 120L
11.1%  - 0.75lbs. Invert No. 2   

1.50 oz. EKG @ 60 min for 32 IBU
0.50 oz. UK Fuggles @ 15 min for 5.0 IBU
0.50 oz. EKG @ 5 min for 3.0 IBU
0.50 oz. UK Fuggles @ flameout 
0.50 oz. EKG @ flameout

Yeast: Wyeast 1968 London ESB
Mash 154F for 75 min
Brewed 15 May


  1. Brewed this a few days ago. Missed target OG by a lot. 1.037. Stumped as to what happened.

  2. When do you add the invert? I added right before flameout. I don't think that would have effected my OG though


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