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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)


This comes out tasting something like draught Bass, or Fuller's London Pride.

To this recipe I add adjunts such as amber malt, chocolate malt, roast barley, Fuggles instead of Goldings, etc to yield what looks and tastes a very different beer, but has 90-95% identical ingredients.


  • 7--8 pounds, crushed pale malt
  • 1/2 pound, crushed crystal malt
  • 1 teaspoon, CaSO4
  • 1 teaspoon, Irish moss
  • 3 ounces, Goldings (60 minutes)
  • 1/2 ounce, Goldings (10 minutes)
  • 1/2 ounce, Goldings (steep)
  • 1/4 ounce, Goldings (dry hop in secondary)
  • Edme ale yeast

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.042--1.048
Final Gravity: 1.020
Alcohol by Vol: 2.88%
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons
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Mash in 3 gallons boiled water with 1 teaspoon gypsum (66 C., for 3 hours, or overnight). Sparge to 4--1/2 gallons. Boil 1--1/2 hours with 1 teaspoon Irish moss. Add hops as indicated above. Cool with immersion chiller, rack and aerate. Pitch Edme yeast. Rack to secondary after 4 days. Fine if necessary. Dry hop with 1/4 ounce Goldings in secondary. Keg or bottle after 2 weeks (primed with 3 ounces, malt extract).