Eric's Special Bitter
This copper-colored ale was conceived as an Irish Red. But after brewing and tasting, its true identity as an Extra Special Bitter was revealed.
9.0 lb Maris Otter
3.0 lb Vienna Malt
1.5 lb Melanoidin Malt
.25 lb Crystal Malt 120°L
1 oz Fuggle (4.8%) - added first wort, boiled 60 m
1 oz East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added first wort, boiled 60 m
1 oz Fuggle (4.8%) - steeped after boil
1 oz East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - steeped after boil
1.0 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05
This was one of the first recipes I created from scratch (and it shows). It’s too highly hopped and uses a pretty generic yeast. The resulting ale, while quite tasty, was much more like an English Bitter than an Irish Red.
My girlfriend, Sarah, named this batch and designed the labels.