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Bass Ale (all grain)

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Bass Ale (all grain)

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

Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)


I'm a hophead (as you may have guessed). Purists may object to brown sugar in beer, but a careful tasting of Bass reveals brown sugar or molasses in the finish---not as strong as in Newcastle, but present. British malt, in particular, can easily stand up to a bit of sugar, both in flavor and in gravity.


  • 6-7 pounds, pale malt (2-row)
  • 1 pound, crystal malt
  • 1 pound, demarara or dark brown sugar
  • 1 ounce, Northern Brewer hops (boil)
  • 1 ounce, Fuggles hops (boil 30 min.)
  • 1/2 ounce, Fuggles hops (finish)
  • ale yeast

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This is an all-grain recipe---follow the instructions for an infusion mash in Papazian, or another text. The Northern Brewer hops are boiled for a full hour, the Fuggles for 1/2 hour, and the Fuggles finishing hops after the wort is removed from the heat, it is then steeped 15 minutes.




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 Reviewed by Harry on Thu Jun 12 2014

Loved this recipe. I use this recipe to launch my BIAB brewing hobby. The beer was very drinkable. I doubled ground the grains and added one additional pound of two row to the grain bill. Plesant dry finish and good mouth feel. This beer is very repeatable and will join my line up of good to drink any time beers.