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Think of this as a British Bitter squared - more malt and more hops equals higher gravity, bigger body, more bitterness, and more intense flavors and aromas. A more complex beer than an "ordinary" low-gravity bitter, an ESB is a showcase for high-quality hops and brewing skill, meant to be enjoyed with consideration rather than merely quaffed. Our kit pours with a rich red color and white head and pronounced aromas of hop and fruit.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here! Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter Regional Style British Color Light Original Gravity 1053 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Browse 1 question and 20 answersShow all answers | Sort byCan you please clarify this step from the instructions - "Steep for 20 minutes or until water reaches 170°F. Remove bag and discard"
Does this mean I should add the bag to the water before heating and take it out when the temps hits 170 or does this mean bring the water to a boil, add the bag, and take it off the heat and then wait for the temp to drop to 170?
ThanksBest Answer: You want to add the specialty grains to warm water, I usually add at about 120 degrees. You let these steep for 20 minutes, feel free to heat the whole time, so that by the time you hit 170 degrees its been about 20 minutes. This part is not critical as these grains are just for color, flavor, body so they just need a good steep. Do not steep above 170 to avoids extracting negative flavors, otherwise the key is right there: Steep in warm water for 20 minutes, or until the water reaches 170. Remove grains if water is above 170. I hope this helps to clarify!
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