Last Saturday found me without the fiancee for the afternoon. So I rolled out of bed, made up the sanitizer, gathered the ingredients & lit up the hot liquor on the stove...
Oh, breakfast did fit in somewhere before I began the sixer. The recipe was adapted from Palmer & Jamil's best bitter, as documented in the essential Brewing Classic Styles:
- 7.5# Maris Otter
- 6 oz. Caramel 20
- 6 oz. Caramel 120
- 6 oz. Special Roast (a great way to impart toasty goodness with scant extra sweetness)
OG after chilling came to 12° Brix. Wort color was an understated red. I pitched a smack pack of Y1968, London ESB, my favorite for fast fermentations. The wort boiled a nutty character throughout, with hops smelling racy spicy! In a week I'll likely be bottling half the batch, having recently found my lost red baron capper. As part of the terms of experimentation, I'll have to bring samples to the warehouse.
Update:It's what, three weeks since brewing? I was in a bind to find time for bottling, so the bitter be kegged. Tastes a bit sweeter than my expectations, but the Kent Goldings flavor is nice.