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Batch Name: English Bitter Oak
Brew Date: 2/23/2001
Batch Size: 5 Gallon
     
Fermentation:
Primary:
Plastic, 6 Days
 
Secondary:
Glass, 6 Days
 
Tertiary:
N/A
   
Orig Gravity: 1.027
Final Gravity: 1.007
Alcohol (Vol): 2.58%
   
Ingredients:
 3.3 pounds Gold liquid malt extract
 1.25 pounds Alexanders Pale Malt extract
 1/2 pound specialty grains
 2 ounces Kent goldings hops
 1 vial White Labs Burton Ale liquid yeast
 1 ounce Oak Chips
   
   

Bitter is the most popular draft beer in England. Despite its astringent name, it has less hop flavor than pale ale, making it a perfect homebrew when you're in the mood for 3 or 4+ beers. Rumor has it in England that this style of beer will make you live longer.

This was my first attempt at brewing after taking up the hobby the second time. It was created using Midwest Homebrew Supply's English Bitter extract kit, and I added some oak chips during second stage fermentation.

This is a lighter alcohol beer, with a clean taste, and beautiful oak finish, tasting as if it were aged in an old oaken cask

First Boil
Steep specialty grains in 3 gallons of water at 155°F for 30 minutes, then discard grains.

Second Boil
Add Gold extract and Alexanders extract. At first boil bubble, add 1½ oz Kent Goldings hops. Keep at a hard rolling boil for 60 minutes. Add remaining ½ ounce of Kent Goldings hops for last 2 minutes of boil. Cool wort to at least 120°F and transfer to primary fermenter. Add enough cool water to fill fermenter to 5 gallons and further reduce temperature to 75°F

Primary Fermentation
Pitch Burton Ale yeast at 75°F and aerate well.
Ferment for 6 days at 68°F, First CO2 should be evident within 20 hours.

Secondary Fermentation
This particular beer tends to get a paper thin coating of white surface mold... just leave it in the primary fermenter and everything will be fine.
Rack to secondary fermenter (GLASS!).
Add 1 ounce oak chips that have been steamed for 10 minutes.
Ferment 6 days at 68°F

Bottling
Rack to bottling bucket
Prime with 5 oz corn sugar boiled with 2 cups of water added to wort

 

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