I brewed this beer exclusively for the groomsmen in my wedding this year. It was inspired by a black ESB made by Blue Point Brewery back in the day.
I brewed this beer with traditional Extra Special Bitter ingredients plus blackprinz malt, to add color without too much bitterness.
Since this beer was only brewed for 5 people, I limited the brew size to one-gallon.
|Maris Otter||1 lb 7.5 oz|
|Caramel 40L||2.5 oz|
|Caramel 90L||2.5 oz|
Mashed between 156-158°F for 60-minutes. I used my dutch oven to mash using a grain bag, sparged using a stock pot and strainer. Easy-peasy.
As a bonus, I discovered I could use my BBQ thermometer to monitor the temperature of the mash using my phone.
|East Kent Goldings||0.1oz||60 minutes|
|East Kent Goldings||0.4oz||30 minutes|
|East Kent Goldings||0.5oz||10 minutes|
Hop profile is really simple. I tried not to overpower the malt character of the beer and let it speak for itself so sparing increments of East Kent Goldings were used across a 60 minute boil.
Pitched using Safale S-04. I didn't seek out to like this yeast strain, but I do use it for almost everything. Tried and true. Works every time.
Fermented between 70-75°F for one week. Transferred to secondary and fermented at similar temperatures for one week.
In progress 2020-01-19