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Red Hook ESB

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Red Hook ESB

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Beer Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)  (8C)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)


I have been making a Red Ale that's close to Red Hook (maybe not but it tastes good to me) that I got from the local supply shop. It is an extract based recipe.

The last batch turned out great and even my wife likes it! (I must have done something wrong!)


  • 6 lbs of light malt extract syrup
  • 4 oz of crystal malt (40L)
  • 4 oz of chocolate malt
  • 4 oz of roasted barley
  • 1.5 oz of Northern Brewer for Bittering
  • 1 oz of Cascade for Finishing
  • ale yeast

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I have also modifed this as of late to increase the 'redness' in the ale by increasing the roasted barley and crystal malt to 6 oz and 10 oz respectively, while keeping the chocolate the same. I did the usual batch by adding the specialty grains in a grain bag until 170F and then adding half the bittering hops at 60 minutes and the other half at 30 minutes with the finishing at the end with a simmer/steep for 10 minutes without heat and covered.