Friday, June 02, 2017

Bob Dog ESB

I did something different last brew day.

I brewed a kit.

Sort of.

My newest local homebrew shop, Broadway Brew Supply, does this cool promotion every month.

They put together a clone kit with a local brewery and pick a charity. Part of the proceeds of the kit sales go to the charity.

For May, they picked The Brew on Broadway (BOB) and got a clone recipe of Placer ESB.

The charity they donated to was Maxfund, Denver's no-kill animal shelter.

I wanted to brew something, but I didn't really know what I wanted to brew. I saw the kits on facebook and thought ... "sure I'll give that a try".



Generally, the kits are created as extract recipes, but they also have an all-grain version. Of course, I picked all-grain because that is what I brew.


I have not done a kit since my Mr. Beer days.

And I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't even generally follow other brewers recipes.

I didn't follow this kit's recipe either.

The malt grist is what I got from the LHBS, but I added more hops and moved them around quite a bit.

I decided to call my recipe ...




Brew day began really early.


In fact the sun wasn't up by the time the boil began.


I had the boil done and cooled before church.

Either I misunderstood the amount of base grain in the recipe or the LBHS gave me too much, because my pre-boil gravity was high enough that I cut my boil from my standard 90 minutes to 60 minutes and still ended up on target.


This allowed me to rack only real clear beer into the fermentor and still I ended up very full .. almost 6 gallons compared to my usual 5 to 5.5 gallons.

I was sure I was going to need a blow-off tube, but the kraussen never really got too high.

The beer looks to be pretty much done fermenting now.

Once a keg opens up I'll keg this batch. I'll dry-hop right in the keg itself.

Of course, I'll let you know how it turns out. I'll probably have to go buy myself a Placer ESB so that I can compare ... even though I am sure the beer will be much different.

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