Twas time to brew a tribute brew to all things great about Great Britain, little england, In loving memory of English Roses, London Pride, Past Masters, the Queen and that is good and great about a nation that loves its past and style and plum with a passion and for good reason. They did win a war or 2 least we forget! They gave us James Bond ‘shaken but not stirred’ and continue to pump out some outstanding ales in glorious reflection of their past but with a modern style and in build British character. As so aptly spoken by a true British character John Keeling Brewing Director @Fuller’s the home of London Pride and ESB “if we are going to brew beer with character we need characters brewing it”. So I set forth with a relatively ‘true to style’ recipe to pay my respect for great brewing heritage and style with this oh some humble and possibly slightly hoppy tribute to an English Special Bitter
Gladfield Malt Grain Bill
- 40g UK Fuggles (pellets) @60 mins
- 20g UK Fuggles @30mins
- 15g EK Goldings UK Hops @20mins
- 10g EK Goldings UK Hops @10mins
- 10g EK Goldings UK Hops @0 mins
- White Labs WLP004 Irish Ale Yeast or you could use
- GY011 British Ale # GigaYeast or GY031 British Ale #2 GigaYeast (Liquid) or
- Danstar Nottingham Ale Beer Yeast or Danstar Windsor Ale Beer Yeast
Brewing aids and water treatment
- 5g + 5g of Calcium Chloride & Calcium Sulphate (Gypsum) to treat water
- 1/2 tsp of White Labs Yeast Nutrient + 1/2 tab of Irish Moss
Music to brew by:
- Snow Patrol – are they british?
Knock off beer:
Was washed up and off to @TwoBirdsBrewing in time to join the Westside Drinkers on their inagrual pub crawl from the Spottiswoode (did they get one?) via TwoBirds Brewery (didn’t see either) with a wrap up @JunctionHotelNewport! A suitably happy ending to a happy brew day.
|Brown Ale (mighty fine one) @Two Birds Brewery in Spotswood|
- Wed 15th Oct – chilled down to 8C
- Mon 19th Oct – chilled down further to 2C
- Sat 25th Oct – FG 1.012 – time to bottle on a Saturday night – what else does on do on a Saturday night?
- 153g of Briess LME CBW Munich bulk priming and pulled off 19 tallies and 18 stubbies.
- First stubbie Sun 2 Nov only a week or 8 days in bottle and suitably cloudy with pronounced hoppiness but not quite in balance
- 3 tallies shared with Ant Delaney Thu 6 Nov and each glass tasted better and better until I was told I was driving the Delaney’s home. Doh! Stop!
- 1 Pint on Fri 7th Nov – tasted so good I had to go to the beer fridge and raid my Emersons growler of Unhappy NY Hefe! Bad idea!
- Its moorish and has the ‘moorishness’ that Richard Fuller the Sales Director requests John Keeling brew into his London Pride or at least it does for me anyway. A rough enough kiwi irish b@#4%^d of an English Special Bitter for me 🙂