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My latest attempt at an English-inspired IPA..


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#1 Bklmt2000

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 04:09 PM

Got a new sack of Munton's MO to work on, so next week, this is what I'm thinking of tossing in the mash tun:

 

5lb Maris Otter

5lb pils

2lb Munich

0.5lb C-30

0.5lb wheat

 

0.5lb cane sugar (to be added to the 1° on day 4, as a staggered addition), to help dry the beer out.

 

Magnum (whole) to ~45 IBUs for 90 min

EKG (pellet) to ~20-25 IBUs, in 3 x 1oz additions at 10 min, 5 min, and a 20-min hopstand

 

Shooting for ~1.075 or so, for 5.5 gal in the primary.

 

US-05 will handle the heavy lifting in the primary.  If this batch turns out ok/well/great, then future batches will employ a proper Brit strain, likely 1028.

 

This batch is meant to get a read on the Maris Otter character as a base malt, as I've not used it before now.


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Posted 21 June 2019 - 04:35 PM

If you don't mind the us-05 will make a nice hybrid beer. If you want something more authentic I think you've gotta use British yeast. Just my opinion. I've made beers using ekg and American yeast and they are quite tasty.
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Posted 22 June 2019 - 08:19 AM

Looks like I'll be able to make this beer more English-inspired than I thought.

 

Looked in my lagering fridge a few minutes ago, to check on my stash of dried yeast (US-05 and 34/70).  As it turns out, I have a spare packet of Munton's Gold yeast (not expired yet) that I had forgotten I had, so that will get the nod in lieu of US-05.

 

Ought to be a nice trip down memory lane; used MG a lot in my early/extract kit days, and i recall that MG turned out some nice beers for me.


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 06:33 AM

I think you would enjoy the character you get from one of the great British strains like 1028, 1968, 1099, 1469 and a bunch of others.  1099 Whitbread is one of my favorites with that minerally & bready character and it flocs like crazy too.  1968 is a high-floccer too.  When I get bored with 1056/001/West Coast I will look to see which English strain is available and make a few English-inspired beers (ESB, ordinary bitter, EPA, etc) and maybe some american styles too like red ale, amber or blonde.  The strains are still super neutral but have just a little more going on... in a good way.  Couple that with some good MO or GP and fresh English hops like EKG and I can hear the Benny Hill music now...  :lol:



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Posted 23 June 2019 - 07:38 AM

May have to stick w/ US-05 after all for this upcoming batch; double-checked the date on the MG packet this morning while doing some beer chores, and it actually said best by 7/2018, not 2019 as I thought it said yesterday.

 

Not the end of the world, but I'm not keen on risking an entire batch on a yeast packet a year past its best-by date.


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:24 AM

May have to stick w/ US-05 after all for this upcoming batch; double-checked the date on the MG packet this morning while doing some beer chores, and it actually said best by 7/2018, not 2019 as I thought it said yesterday.

 

Not the end of the world, but I'm not keen on risking an entire batch on a yeast packet a year past its best-by date.

 

honestly I think it will still be enjoyable.  in the past I've made beers that were intentionally a hybrid of english and US and they were great.  I did a mix of EKG with cascade and centennial and then split the 10 gallons and fermented half with us-05 and half with s-04.  from what I remember there was no clear winner based overall.  some people preferred one and some the other.  I don't think anyone disliked either.


malt was

 

16.5lbs  us pale ale

0.5 lbs victory

1.5lbs C75

2lbs flaked barley


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