Beer, as I'm sure you know, is not just a tasty beverage: it is a complex mix of sensory experiences that takes place both inside and outside the glass. The place, the people, the mood, as well as malt/hops/yeast, all play a part in how you perceive a pint.
Whether it was my unabashed love of session beer, the random spin of the "Wheel of Beer" that chose it for me, the experience of pulling it myself on a kick-a beer engine, or just cause it was so damn good, this Ordinary Bitter, brewed by Nancy Bowser and Tom Roan of Fargo ND's Prairie Homebrew Companions, was a standout for me at Club Night at this year's NHC. They were kind enough to share the recipe.
"Credit to Antony Hayes on this one: it is a direct result of us brewing a beer for his presentation at the NHC. You will not believe how simple this recipe is."
5 Gallons, all grain (80% efficiency)
- 6 lb Maris Otter
- 60 min Challenger pellet 0.75 oz (7%AA)
- 0 min Challenger pellet 0.75 oz (7%AA)
- Dry Fuggles leaf 0.75 oz (5% AA)
- Mash 150 degrees F for 1 hour
- Mash out at 165-168 degrees F
- Sparge water 170 degrees F
- Boil 90 min
- use your favorite English ale strain and have fun
- 62-64 degrees F
- OG 1.036
- FG 1.010