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Gnasty the Gnome ESB Previous Recipes

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As you may know from my blog, Gnasty the Gnome has become a SheppyBrew Brewing assistant and drinking buddy. He is also a Christmas gift designed to help me get over my irrational fear of gnomes. Plus, he is a Chicago BlackHawks fan.

As Gnasty and I have become beer-buddies, we decided to collaborate on a beer recipe. It turns out that Gnomes love English Pale Ales ... especially ESB's and the fact that I had to brew one seemed like reason enough to make this the beer we worked on together.

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Gnasty the Gnome ESB --- Batch 1

Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.057 SG
Estimated FG
1.013 SG
Recipe Bitterness
48.8 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.8 %
BU : GU   0.855        
Recipe Color
12.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.056   Measured FG:    1.013
ADF:   78    Measured ABV:    5.8%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
15.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
6.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
3.00 g Chalk (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 3 -
1.00 g Baking Soda (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 4 -
10 lbs 4.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 5 92.1 %
8.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 6 4.5 %
4.0 oz Crystal, Dark (Simpsons) (80.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.2 %
2.0 oz Blackprinz (500.0 SRM) Grain 8 1.1 %
0.750 oz Magnum [14.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 9 43.1 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 10 -
1.500 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 5.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12 -
1.500 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.80 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.91 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.74gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water 
Recipe Notes
Decided on water additions by starting with getting Denver Water profile to Burton on Trent and then reducing.
Final: Ca=238,Mg=35,Na=33,SO4=548,Cl=23,HCO3=215

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   166
Mash Temps:
 148 ... added water 152 down to 150
Pre-boil OG   1.047 (1.046 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.25 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp   64
Day 1: 64
Day 2: 64  
Day 3: 66  

Brewing Notes: 06/27/2013 esheppy
Got ingredients today. Brewing Sunday. 

06/29/2013 esheppy
Making a 1.5 liter (6 cup) starter with a cup and a half of DME. This is less than suggested by the pitching calculator in Beer Smith, but better than nothing I guess. I need a bigger container for my starters. 
06/30/2013 esheppy
Brewed today. Only got 5 gallons at 1.056. Things went pretty well, though. Temp at 64. 
07/03/2013 esheppy
Temps consistent at 64 until today. Was at 66 this morning. Letting finish off where it wants to. 
07/09/2013 esheppy
Took a gravity reading. 1.013, which is right where the expected FG is. That makes this a 5.8% ABV beer. Tastes good. Seems about the right about of bitterness. Could be a little more hoppy, but I think the dry-hop will take care of that. Very very clear. 
07/16/2013 esheppy
Kegged today along with 1.5oz EKG dry hop. Also harvested 4 mason jars of the yeast. FG is about 1.012, which makes this a 5.8% beer. Again, the hop flavor could be greater. The clarity was great. Might be a little dry for an ESB, but I'm ok with that. 
07/28/2013 esheppy
Took the dry-hops out today. Note that the keg was in the keggerator for most of the dry-hop time. The keg apparently does not seal on the piece of dental floss I had strung out of the top. Re-pressurized to 30 psi for a bit and will be going to 12ish psi in the keggerator after I defrost it. 
08/15/2013 esheppy
Had a little sample. Nice rich caramel with (maybe) a hint of chocolate. Finishes with nice bitterness. Nice ekg hop flavor, although could probably use more. Nice beer. 
09/01/2013 esheppy
A couple days ago, took a growler up to share with a couple of friends in Breck. Everybody loved it. Also shared some fine LTB growlers, and Gnasty ESB was the favorite. 
09/08/2013 esheppy
Keg is dead. Didn't realize it was close to being empty. 
09/11/2013 esheppy
I think I'm going to brew this again after I finish my Style Categories. Next time, I am going to try to lighten up the color. 

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