A mild British-style bitter with honey undertones.
Specialty malts: honey malt, Carapils®
Featured hops: Challenger, Kent Golding, Fuggle
Other additives: honey
O.G. = 1.057
F.G. = 1.010
Approximately 6.2% ABV
Approximately 209 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Brewed Dec of 2014. LME with liquid yeast. After two weeks in primary there was very little bitter and lots of malt. After two weeks in secondary the bitter showed up in the back end. After a week carbing in BeerBox kegs there is a perfect blend of malty sweetness and bitter. This is what I think of when I want a Middle Earth brew. It turned out fabulous.
I brewed the DME version with Munton's yeast. Kept it in primary for 2 weeks and it seems to have fermented out quite nicely in that time. Been in the bottle for only 2 weeks, so still a bit young, but so far I have to say it is excellent, nice taste, just the right amount of hop taste.
I'd have to agree with the previous comments. I brewed this in late July of 2011 and it's a great brew especially after it warms up a little. A great blend of sweet and bitter. I'll make this again.
This turned out very good. Extremely smooth & drinkable. I recommend this to others looking for an easy drinking, smooth bitter.
I brewed 1/20/12, followed the directions - 1 week primary, 1 week secondary. Bottled and let sit for 3 weeks. Some bottles carbed better than others for me but I ended up fixing that after 3 weeks in bottle by setting next to a space heater and shaking/mixing them for 7 additional days. I found it to be an interesting flavor. I was shocked at how well it went over with some of the guests I had over at the end of that 4th week in the bottle. I didn't expect the people that are not used to homebrew to enjoy it as much as they did. My pints disappeared far faster than I had expected. So, apparently it's really good! I like it after the first few sips. For some reason I have to get used to it but then it's quite tasty. Starts with some of the honey sweetness and ends with a nice bitterness. I did change the recipe by adding the honey during the last 2 minutes because I really didn't want to boil the honey. Not sure how much that affected the final product. Thanks AHS!