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Brew Your Own British Real Ale...Crystal?

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roguejim:
I don't think this book indicates exactly which crystal malts (Lovibond?) to use in the recipes.

Does anyone know for certain what crystal malts are typically used in bitters, pales, and milds, by the Brit breweries?
I'm not so much interested in what homebrewers are personally using, but what the British breweries are actually using.

majorvices:
I can't remember where I read it now but there was an article somewhere that said the most important ingredient was the English malt, specifically Maris Otter - and that some brewers don't use any crystal. Or when they do they use MO and a touch of crystal. I have found the British crystal to give a more authentic "British" taste than other crystal malts. I know you just said you aren't interested in what "homebrewers" are using, but to my taste and my experience the Medium British crystal seems to work best in, say, Ordinary Bitter. And Maris Otter, of course.

anthayes:

--- Quote from: roguejim on August 26, 2010, 02:22:42 AM ---Does anyone know for certain what crystal malts are typically used in bitters, pales, and milds, by the Brit breweries?

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All sorts.

Warminster is a popular maltings - look at their product list: http://www.warminster-malt.co.uk/products.html

I agree with majorvices - if you use a good floor malted Maris Otter pale malt, you don't need too much crystal.

Ant Hayes
Tonbridge, Kent

hopfenundmalz:
Medium Crystal is what you typically want, but the color range from malster to malster can be different for British Crystal.  Find one you like and stick with it.

That book doesn't say anything about yeast selection, which is the most important ingredient.

Ant and Majorvices advice on base malt should also be followed.  I like Crisp Maris Otter as a base for most British Ales.  Golden Promise is also a good malt variety.

dak0415:
The Brewing network has a couple of good shows in "Can you brew it?" on Fuller's ESB and London Pride.

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