Extra Special Bitter (ESB) Recipe Kit
ESBs are essentially more aggressive and more balanced Bitters, both in alcohol and hop character, but nothing overpowering. Color range will be similar, though leaning towards the darker end of the scale; dark golds to copper. Low carbonation. Malts tend to be more pronounced, often toasty and fruity, with maybe some notes diacetyl. And despite "bitter" being in its name, ESBs are not really all that bitter. They key to an ESB is balance.
Yield : 5 Gallons
Original Gravity : 1.058
Final Gravity : 1.014
Color / SRM : Amber
Alcohol by Volume : 5.60%
IBU (anticipated, alpha acids can fluctuate) : 45
Specialty Grains : Crystal 40L
Hops : Target, Kent Goldings
Recipe Includes : Liquid Malt, Specialty Grains & Hops, Lyle's SyrupView The Extra Special Bitter (ESB) Recipe Kit Instructions here.
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I had an excellent brew day with this one, and fermentation seems to have gone great as well. I used S-04 yeast along with yeast nutrient (first time using yeast nutrient, so maybe this is the trick for me).
On day 15 I kegged it and gave it a taste. It tasted fantastic! I've brewed around 30 extract batches before, taking a 4-year hiatus from brewing, but the taste of this was definitely at the top of all my brews. Now it's just onto carbonating. Highly recommended.