I bought ingredients to brew a Bitter a few months ago. Just now getting around to it. I did buy some fresh yeast though and decided to try something different. I went with Wyeast 1469 – West Yorkshire Ale. As luck would have it, this would be my first solo brew day. I had a few issues that were more about just doing stupid things but all in all it went fairly smooth. Also, this will probably end up a more bitter beer than any of my previous Bitters.
Sunday August 13, 2017
Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) – 11 Gallon
Brewers – Charles
- 18 lbs. Maris Otter
- 1 lb. Aromatic
- 1 lb. Biscuit
- 1 lb. Crystal 60
- 1 lb. Special
- 2 oz. Bramling Cross 6.5%
- 1 oz. East Kent Golding 6.1 %
- 1 oz. Fuggle 5%
- 1 oz. Willamette 4.8%
- Wyeast 1469 – West Yorkshire Ale
This strain produces ales with a full chewy malt flavor and character, but finishes dry, producing famously balanced beers. Expect moderate nutty and stone-fruit esters. Best used for the production of cask-conditioned bitters, ESB and mild ales. Reliably flocculent, producing bright beer without filtration.
Temperature range 64˚-72˚
- Prepped 16 gallons tap water treated with Camden night before.
- OG: 1.059
- FG: 1.02
- IBU: 45.9
- SRM: 11.2
- ABV: 5.1%
Mash In: 7.5 gal. at 168˚ – Step temp. 156˚ hold for 55 mins.
Mash Out: 2.8 gal. at 202˚ – Step temp. 168˚ hold for 10 mins.
Vorlauf: 10 mins.
Sparge with 7 gallons at 180˚
Collect 12.5 gallons.
Boil – 11:15 am
Using 1 hop spider
2 oz. Bramling Cross 6.5% – 60 mins.
1 oz. East Kent Golding 6.1% – 60 mins.
1 oz. Fuggle 5% – 60 mins.
1 oz. Willamette 4.8% – 60 mins.
Chill start – 12:16 pm
Long chill and whirlpool while cleaning up.
Will not get lower than 80.
Chiller out. Continue whirlpool.
Move kettle to kitchen. Continue whirlpool.
Transfer through hole in floor.
Original Gravity – 1.056
Oxygenate and pitch yeast – 2:00 pm
Cleanup done at 2:30 pm
Another miss on OG? WTH? I have been thinking I hosed up BeerSmith settings or something. Maybe switch back to BrewToad.
Maybe stop futzing with recipes and just brew a bitter that worked good before.