I haven't brewed very many English inspired beers, and the majority of those have been along the lines of an Old ale here and Barleywine there. There was a bretted brown porter awhile back that is coming along nicely, and there was a pretty bad attempt at an ESB-esque creation with whatever I had on hand at one point. With that in mind, I picked up a pack of WY 1968 ESB yeast. This is the Fuller's strain and I love Fuller's. I plan to use it along with a pitch of stronger yeast to do a strong barleywine along the lines of Thomas Hardy next week. To get a big enough pitch of yeast ready, I brewed a dark Mild today. Here is my recipe:
brewed on: 8/21/11
IBUs: 21.8 IBUs
SRM: supposedly 16.7, but I think mine looks a little darker than that. We'll have to wait and see.
mash temp: 156F
6 lbs Marris Otter
1 lb Carastan (30-35L)
8 oz Pale Chocolate malt (200L)
6 oz Brown malt
4 oz Crystal 120L
Hops (all loose pellets):
0.9 oz Fuggles @ 5.1% - 60 minutes
1 oz Fuggles @ 5.1% - 10 minutes
WY 1968 ESB - 1.6 liter starter, decanted.