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Just Brewed: Ellusive ESB #3 (a Fullers ESB clone)

22 Aug

First of all, Fullers ESB is one of my favorite beers. In fact, for many years it was my ONLY favorite beer. No matter what, I think it remains #1 in my book—especially when it’s served from a cask. If you live near the San Fernando valley, be sure to check out the White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills. They not only have Fullers ESB on cask, but Fullers London Pride from the cask as well (both–usually–served in a sweet dimple mug).

OK, so, since I started brewing, I have made many attempts at brewing what I consider to be the perfect ESB. Many attempts have come close, but none have been excellent–UNTIL NOW! This recipe, in my opinion, brews up a great ESB. The important factors I have gathered throughout the years:

  • Use a good English yeast (Fermentis Safale S-04 is my new favorite, fermented at 68 F)
  • Find your local water profile and use this brewing water calculator to match the Burton on Trent water profile as closely as you can
  • When fermentation is complete, condition at 55 F for at least a week

So, without further adieu, here is my Fullers ESB clone recipe. I call it “Ellusive ESB” because of the many times I’ve tried to brew it with less than stellar results. Cheers!

 
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Los Angeles County Fair awards

19 Aug

Dark Heather Saison and Haas Wit picked up a gold and silver ribbon respectively. Results are posted here http://www.lacountyfair.com/2010/entertainment/documents/LACF2010OfficialResultsfinal.pdf. And the recipes can be found here:

Dark Heather Saison Recipe
Haas Wit (Witbier Recipe)