Disclaimer: I don't pretend to brew well, my goal is to have fun brewing something I would like and learn a few thing along the way.
I wanted to use a base malt I already had (or was going to have for one of the other BU entries); the ones that would probably fit the bill flavor-wise would be Maris Otter and Golden Promise, but color-wise Vienna and Munich II would be a lot more practical. I went with Maris Otter - color be damned, this one tastes best.
Regarding hops, I thought of going either with the familiar Fuggles or East Kent Goldings, but I had a 1oz bag of UK Progress that was pleading to be used; since my batches are usually 1.75 gallons for 2 gallon buckets these days, 1oz would do (barely - this would become an issue).
While I do have a stir plate and have used liquid yeast a few times, I like dry yeast because I'm lazy. Until recently for any English-type beer I would simply have gone with the predictable S-04, but recently I've been giving Danstar Windsor a shot and have been happy with it. Windsor it is, then.
Extras: gypsum, whirlfloc, clarity ferm and gelatin.
Mash & Boil
If all I did now is do a typical mash and boil, I get something pretty close to a British Golden Ale - not what I want. I could lightly toast that Maris Otter to change the color and flavor profile, but since I would have to use only MO processed that way, I was concerned...
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Very cool and innovative. Good luck
posted by anonymous on 8/23/2016 at 02:31:03 PM
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