Sunday, August 14, 2011

Brew Day: Harvest Bitter

Harvest Bitter? While not really a specific style or sub-style per se, a "harvest bitter" is essentially a darker, maltier, and less hop focused bitter brewed around the fall. Many examples follow the traditional ESB style, though a few include chocolate and/or roasted malts for a bit of complexity. This is one of my favorite 'styles' for the late summer and fall, as it drinks with the ease of your favorite bitter and has a deep maltiness similar to that of a Scottish ale... with a bit more hop presence. For this recipe, I went with two crystal malts, some special roast - which adds a lovely toasted malt character to the beer, though not as intense as amber malt - and a touch of pale chocolate for color. Organic EKG hops were used for bitterness/flavor it was and fermented with the wonderful Thames Valley II. 

Harvest Bitter: Extra Special/Best Bitter 

Recipe Specifics:
Batch Size (Gal): 4.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 8.0
Anticipated OG: 1.054
Anticipated FG: 1.012
Anticipated SRM: 13-14
Anticipated IBU: 25
Efficiency: 75%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

87.0% - 7.0 lbs. Pale Malt, Maris Otter
6.2%   - 0.5 lbs. Crystal 40L
3.1%   - 0.25 lbs. Crystal 120L
2.5%   - 0.20 lbs. Special Roast
1.2%   - 0.10 lbs. Pale Chocolate  

0.75 oz. Organic EKG @ 60 min for 19.2 IBU
0.50 oz. Organic EKG @ 15 min for 6.4 IBU
1.00 oz. Organic EKG @ flameout 

Yeast: Wyeast 1882 Thames Valley IIMash 154F for 75 min
Brewed on 14 August

1 comment:

  1. I could use a bottle of that, it sounds good.


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