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    extra special bitter
    hops are bitter. life is bitter. coincidence?

    Thursday, June 15, 2006

    more bitter than Extra Special Bitter

    India Pale Ale, that is. And by “more bitter” we mean an especially aggressive presence of hops. I paid a visit to Strange Brew armed with a recipe and the plan of a few hours on Father’s Day weekend. The recipe originally called for all-grain, but I panicked at the thought of my beleaguered mash tun and reverted to extract. As it turns out, I had to make several substitutions, therefore I'm going to call the finished product Bitter Old Man IPA.

    Here are the ingredients:

    6 pints Munton's IPA Bitter extract
    1/2 pound Dark Crystal malt
    3 oz Chinook Hops
    2 oz East Kent Golding Hops
    2 oz Fuggles Hops
    1 teaspoon Irish Moss
    Wyeast 1005 German Ale Yeast

    I'll let you know how it tastes in about six weeks.

    6 Comments:

    Blogger colonialave said...

    I like the word fuggles.

    1:06 PM  
    Blogger extraspecialbitter said...

    Boston's Orange Line features a Ruggles Station. Having never been there, I can't speak to its relative bitterness.

    1:11 PM  
    Blogger Seanachie said...

    Better than letting me know how it tastes, how about sending me a bottle...?

    (I'm mostly joking. I think.)


    P.S. I comment so rarely on blogs that I'm not sure if I might be imaging things. But, have the verification words been getting longer? Methinks they have.

    5:13 PM  
    Blogger Trena said...

    Longer verification means there are more of us ... ?

    Hey, Special, do we drink it warm or cold? I've heard Home Brew, cold, is blasphemy ... knew a guy in Alaska ... trying to keep it from the cold. We worked out in the middle of no where, uhmmm ... I mean the Great Wilderness ...
    He, Fish & Game. Me, serving the bar. The owner used a Sharpie on the bottles behind the bar.

    That was some fine-ass beer.

    10:26 PM  
    Blogger Dirty Bunny said...

    All that AND he makes his own beer.

    2:48 PM  
    Blogger cy said...

    all i remember about the orange line is that it was the line with a chinatown stop. this is becasue some guy on the T asked me where he could buy a wok...

    mmm...chinook hops.

    1:08 AM  

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