Uncle Balardo's Bitter (1 ratings)

All Grain Recipe

Submitted By: vtdragani (Shared)
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Brewer: Vince Dragani
Batch Size: 6.00 galStyle: Special/Best/Premium Bitter ( 8B)
Boil Size: 9.02 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 8.4 SRMEquipment: Vince - Keg and Cooler 6g Batch
Bitterness: 28.0 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.044 (10.9° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Est FG: 1.012 SG (3.2° P)Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
ABV: 4.1%Taste Rating: 30.0

Amount Name Type #
10.00 gal Poland Spring (R) Water 1
0.33 oz Burton Water Salts (Mash 60 min) Misc 2
8 lbs Optic Malt - Thomas Fawcett - UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 3
1 lbs Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett) (60.0 SRM) Grain 4
0.50 oz Fuggles [5.1%] - First Wort Hops 5
0.75 oz Challenger [8.8%] - Boil 60 min Hops 6
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5 min) Misc 7
0.50 oz Fuggles [5.1%] - Steep 10 min Hops 8
1 pkgs London ESB Ale (Wyeast Labs #1968) Yeast 9
1.00 tsp Gelatin (Secondary 2 days) Misc 10

Taste Notes

taste after Primary was thin and dry. Subtle bitterness. cloudy. color is light amber No malty nose. mild hoppy smell. slight fruity taste Dry with no malty taste.


Forgot to add Whirfloc Forgot PC at home and had to brew from memory Changed fuggle from .7 FWH and .3 Aroma to .5 and .5 Whirlpooled kettle at flame out and waited 5 min. added .5 Fuggles for 10 min. Used Counter flow chiller. Temp out @ 50 Digital Therm was not working. Reading too low which caused my mash temp to be too low. Had to add boiling water to mash to bring temp up. Cold crashed prior to boittling to see if I could get the Gelitin to drop quicker. Cloudy when bottled.


Better than expected

by vtdragani

When I tasted my first bottle I was extremely disappointed in the taste, carbonation and clarity. Once I let it site for another week the beer cleared just fine and pour very clear but not crystal clear. All bottles carbed just fine and the taste brightened up considerably. "A very drinkable beer, wanted another one once I was done." quote from a friend and fellow brewer who sampled a bottle for me.