Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Brew Day: Ordinary Bitter

Hard to believe it's May already. It seemed like it was just yesterday that the snow was still on the ground and April was just around the corner. For those of us in the Northeast, spring has been coming along pretty slowly, bringing with it lots of rain and cold nights. The spring flowers have just started to bloom and the leaves are finally budding; the rivers are overflowing their banks and the water is too muddy to do any productive fishing. Yet, while the warmer weather takes its time moving North, it is time to get back in the brewing saddle. Entries for the State Fair competition are due at the end of the month and if I plan to enter four beers this year - an ordinary bitter, special bitter, mild, and American wheat - I better get a'brewing. This ordinary bitter is just a standard, tasty recipe. I've used this recipe in the past to good effect though I will be trying out a new yeast, White Labs 022 Essex ale.

The geese are back on the river...
Creek Bitter: Ordinary Bitter

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 4.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 6.15
Anticipated OG: 1.038
Anticipated FG: 1.012
Anticipated SRM: 12.0
Anticipated IBU: 34.5
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Grain/Sugar
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89.5% - 5.5 lbs. Pale Malt, Maris Otter (TF)
8.0%   - 0.5 lbs. Crystal 120L
2.5%  - 0.70 lbs. Amber Malt

Hops
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1.00 oz. EKG @ 60 min for 22 IBU
0.50 oz. EKG @ 10 min for 8.5 IBU
0.50 oz. EKG @ 5 min for 4.0 IBU
1.00 oz. EKG @ flameout 

Yeast: White Labs 022 Essex Ale
Mash 154F for 75 min
Brewed 3 May

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