A Bitter America


This take on a British style Standard Bitter isn’t all that “revolutionary” except that much like this countries forefathers, we have rejected the agriculture of the homeland, for our own. Well, then yes in a sense its a revolt. But anyway – its sort of a political statement on a brewing level. I wanted to make a Bitter / ESB but wanted to use US grown Hops and Grains. Due to the state of politics and the economy at the time, I felt it was what I should do as a citizen. But yet, we are a product of our old country – so I used London Ale yeast…. otherwise its just an American Brown Ale or something. This version is right on the verge of being an ESB but not quite, and would probably be in the Standard Bitter style classification. I’m still calling it an ESB – because to me this is truly and “Extra Special” bitter. At 3.9% ABV you should be able to have a few, so enjoy!

Recipe: A Bitter America
Style: Bitter / ESB
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.044 SG
Measured FG: 1.010
Estimated Color: 12.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 41.8 IBU
Final ABV: 3.9%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

7.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 85.71 %
0.50 lb Biscuit Malt US (23.0 SRM) Grain 5.71 %
0.50 lb White Wheat Malt US (2.4 SRM) Grain 5.71 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt US (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.86 %
0.50 oz US Goldings [5.00 %] (Dry Hop )
1.00 oz US Goldings [5.00 %] (60 min) 19.4 IBU
1.50 oz US Goldings [5.00 %] (30 min) 22.4 IBU
1.00 oz US Goldings [5.00 %] (5 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops)
1.00 oz US Fuggles [4.50 %] (5 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops)
10.00 gm Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 min)
1 Pkgs London Ale (Wyeast Labs #1028) Yeast-Ale

Total Grain Weight: 8.75 lb
60 min Mash In 152.0 F

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