I had been wondering about this style, hoping to replicate a taste reminiscent of my trip to England a while back where I sampled some excellent house ales at various pubs around London.
Racked to primary and took OG reading. Color is a light copper and the OG indicates that the ABV will be in the 5% range, right in line with the style guidelines (November 20, 2006).
Racked to secondary and took a gravity reading, which at this stage is well below style guidelines at 1.008. Pretty hungry little yeasties in the strain, I guess (November 29, 2006).
Racked to keg and moved to the basement to begin aging process. This one should be ready to tap right around New Year’s Eve. I ordered a third tap/shank assembly and assorted tubing to add to the kegerator - yehaw! More taps = more beer (December 3, 2006)!
Tapped on December 31, 2006. Brew has clarified a bit with a twinge of chill haze at this stage. The taste has mellowed a bit from initial tastings resulting in a malty beer with a definate hop presence (January 2, 2007).
By now the beer has really clarified and has reached maturity. Yes, it’s very good. Like I said in the review, it needs a bit more hops - both bittering and aroma. Great session beer, however - not really an ESB, but... (January 20, 2007).
Gone in little more than three weeks. Maybe I should age it a bit more before tapping to get it really clear.
Notes for next time...
|7.50 pounds||British Pale Ale Malt||90.9%|
|0.50 pounds||Gambrinus Honey Malt||6.1%|
|0.25 pounds||British Dextrin (Cara-Pils) Malt||3%|
|8.25 pounds||Total Grain Weight||100%|
|0.25 pounds||Dark Brown Sugar|
|1 tsp.||Gypsum||60 minutes|
|1/4 tsp.||Super Irish Moss||15 minutes|
|0.75 ounces||Northern Brewer||60 min||8.7%|
|0.50 ounces||Kent Golding||15 min||5.5%|
|0.50 ounces||Kent Golding||3 min||5.5%|
|1.75 ounces||Total Hop Weight|
|London Ale||White Labs||Liquid||35 ml|
|Dough In||Acclimate grains||152° F||5 min.|
|Infusion||Mash stirring every 20 minutes||152° F||60 min.|
|Batch Sparge 1||1.5 gallons of water||168° F||15 min.|
|Batch Sparge 2||2.0 gallons of water||168° F||15 min.|
|Str Water Amt:||2.7|
|Str Water Temp:|
|Sp Water Amt:||6.7|
|Sp Water Temp:|