Beer Style: English Bitter, Mild, and Pale Ale

Merriman Old Fart clone

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Sadly, Merriman’s Brewery in Leeds is apparently no longer brewing. The information that I have for this beer is: OG: 1.050. Malt bill: Halcyon pale malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, pale chocolate malt, roast barley. Hops: Liberty, Progress. IBU: 32. When one has no information about malt bill proportions, the only option is to guess. However, we are aware of the usual style guideline ranges for using specialty grains, so we can use these as a starting point.

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Oakhill Brewery’s Yeoman Strong Ale clone

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The Oakhill Brewery in Somerset closed down when the owner retired. This beer has obviously been renamed during its history and the information that I have for it is: OG: 1.049–1.050. Malt bill: 91.5% Triumph or Halcyon pale malt, 8.5% crystal malt. Hops: Bramling Cross, Challenger, Fuggles, Goldings. In this case, we have malt bill proportions, but no IBU, so again we have to guess. However, style guidelines are a good guide to expected ballpark IBU.

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Ordinary Bitter

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Jamil Zainasheff provides readers with a recipe to make a classic English Ordinary Bitter.


British Pale Mild

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Jamil Zainasheff provides readers with a recipe for a classic British Pale Mild. These are generally less hoppy when compared to an Ordinary Bitter.

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British Dark Mild Ale

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Jamil Zainasheff provides readers with a recipe for a British Dark Mild. This British session ale is known for it’s low hop character when compared to bitters and pale ales with a lot more toasted malt presence in the dark milds. Often served via cask in it’s native land.


Best Bitter

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Noted English beer writer Martyn Cornell described bitter as the “iconic pint” that is the “country’s favourite drink” in his excellent book, Amber, Gold & Black. That was certainly my impression the first time I visited the United Kingdom in 1998. The previous year I had heard Michael Jackson and Mark Dorber speak at the

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British Golden Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.038–1.053 FG:1.006–1.012 SRM:2-6 IBU:20–45 ABV:3.8–5.0% Of all the places with a long brewing tradition, Great Britain has probably seen more changes over the years due to wars, government regulations, market forces, industry trends, changing consumer tastes, and corporate meddling. It’s hard to even talk about the place without getting into an

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Make Award-Winning Session Beers

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One of the trends of the past few years that I’ve welcomed is the rediscovery of lower-alcohol craft beers. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the “imperial everything” trend or just consumers becoming confident enough in their opinions that they can drink beer for personal enjoyment not to impress others. Don’t get me wrong, the craft

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Australian Sparkling Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.038–1.050 FG:1.004–1.006 SRM:4-7 IBU:20-35 ABV:4.5–6.0 You know you’re a beer geek if your travels include beer style research. That was very much the case for me while in the land down under in 2010 to speak at the Australian National Homebrew Conference. I had read about Australian sparkling ale in the

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Pro Am Brewing with Mr. Wizard

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For several years I wanted to participate in the ProAm competition at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), but was not sure how to go about teaming up with an award-winning homebrewer. A classified ad in the local paper or posting a sign in our brewery seemed a little desperate. Coordinating a special competition for

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Meaningful Mild

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Author Terry Foster provides readers an easy-drinking British mild ale.

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Fuller’s ESB Clone

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This recipe is for the bottled version of ESB. The cask version in the UK is 5.5% ABV.


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