Old Man Bitter on Deck

On April 30, 2008, in Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Music, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

Old Man Bitter LabelIt’s time to brew an English Bitter, in honor of my next door neighbor, John. John is probably the biggest fan of my beers, after Stephen, and never fails to sing the praises of the beer in his hand. John is very English and is always teaching me new phrases I can use to amuse and excite my friends. Old Man Bitter is an ESB (Extra Special Bitter), hopped with Fuggles and East Kent Goldings, traditional hops of English ales. It also features a pound toasted 2-row malt that adds a biscuity note to the ale. I’ll be using one of White Labs Platinum Series yeast strains, Premium Bitter Ale yeast, WLP026. The last time I brewed this ale I used White Labs Dry English Ale yeast, WLP007, so it’ll be interesting to see how it differs. The last batch attenuated almost too well and seemed to lack the chewy mouthfeel I like in my beers. The Premium Bitter yeast doesn’t attenuate quite as well and has a more estery quality that should suit itself well to this ale. Here are the recipe particulars for Old Man Bitter:

Old Man Bitter
8-C Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

Size: 10.0 gal
Efficiency: 70.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 268.34 per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.060 (1.048 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (1.010 – 1.016)
Color: 9.5 (6.0 – 18.0)
Alcohol: 5.95% (4.6% – 6.2%)
Bitterness: 41.12 (30.0 – 50.0)

2.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
21.0 lbs Pale Malt(2-row)
1.5 lbs Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
1.2 lbs Toasted Pale Malt
1.0 lbs Crystal 15
2.0 oz Fuggle (5.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
2.0 oz Fuggle (5.0%) – added during boil, boiled 30.0 min
2.0 oz Goldings – E.K. (4.8%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
2.0 oz Goldings – E.K. (4.8%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
1 1600 ml starter White Labs WLP026 Premium Bitter Ale

Saturday is brew day. I’ll be mashing in to Marley about 9:30 a.m. Have I told you lately how much I love brew day? 🙂

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One Response to Old Man Bitter on Deck

  1. […] Maggie brought them to the AHA Big Brew Day at Barley & Wine on May 3. I brewed ten gallons of Old Man Bitter that day, here in Turlock, so I missed out on the stout cupcakes that everyone raved about! I was […]

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