Summer Bitter Misfire

The goal with this beer was an easy drinking summer beer.  I had a pile of crystal malt on hand, and thought that I could use it instead of something like Cara-Pils to add body.  The mash temp was low in order to keep the beer thin.

In hindsight, I don’t know how I thought that much crystal malt in a beer was a good idea.  Worse yet, the crystal was all the same kind so that it even lacked any real complexity.

Recent summer brews have been focusing on a lighter bitterness, but high hop aroma with a low mash and only a touch of crystal for colour and a slight residual sweetness.



Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
10.6 gal 60 min 26.0 IBUs 7.1 SRM 1.057 1.018 5.2 %
Actuals 1.054 1.008 6.0 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 18 lbs 80
Crystal Malt Light - 15L (Crisp) 4.5 lbs 20


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Opal 2.12 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 6.5
Liberty 0.35 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 4.3


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
British Ale (1098) Wyeast Labs 74% 64°F - 72°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 158°F 45 min


Primary Hop was a Pearle at 6.5% AA (Labelled in Beersmith as Opal for calculations) due to supply issues. Bittering/Flavour Hop was Fuggles at 4.2% (Labelled as Liberty)

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