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Dudocs Best Bitter

Brewed: 03/21/2020   Kegged: 04/03/2020

March 2020. Historical pandemic going on.

dudocs.jpgSocial Distancing are forcing schools closed and many of us have to work at home. It is a little surprising at how much "cabin fever" I am feeling after only a week of limited seclusion. 

I felt like a brew day with my friend "Doc" and my friend "Du" was needed. They agreed, so, we scheduled one.

The current guidelines from the CDC is to not gather in groups greater than 10, and 3 is less than 10. Even with wives, the total was low. 

No handshakes. None of us are coughing or sneezing. We have lots of sanitizer all over the place.

A low risk gathering.

Of course, brew days with these two mean that the simpler the recipe, the better. They distract me.

So, I made an extract beer.

Nothing special. Extract. A little crystal. Some EKG and some bittering hops. 

Nice low alcohol but flavorful. 


 For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Dudocs.

Dudocs Best Bitter --- Batch 1 (251)

Style Best Bitter Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type Extract Boil Size   2.22 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   72.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness 34.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.4 %
BU : GU   0.770        
Recipe Color 11.6 SRM
Measured OG:    1.048   Measured FG:    1.018
ADF:    62%   Measured ABV:    4%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
12.0 oz Crystal Dark - 77L (Crisp) [Steep] (75.0 SRM) Grain 1 8.8 % 0.06 gal
12.0 oz Crystal Light - 45L (Crisp) [Steep] (45.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.8 % 0.06 gal
7 lbs Pilsner Liquid Extract [Boil] (3.5 SRM) Extract 3 82.4 % 0.59 gal
0.675 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 4 29.1 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 6 - -
2.000 oz East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 5.6 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Windsor Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 8 - -

Mash Profile

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Heat 2 gallons to 160ish. Steep grains for at least half an hour.
Add Extract.
Boil and add hops as recipe calls.
Chill to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment 1 week in 60's. Let rise to room temp for a week.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.122 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (2.22 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
03/21/2020 esheppy
Brew day today. Doing (sort of) a no-chill brew. Typical brew day at doc's. I don't know the OG.
03/21/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.053 at 65 when I pitched.
03/22/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.020 at 70 degrees. Bubbling pretty hard.
03/24/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.016 at 66 degrees. Bubbling has really slowed down. Might be close to done.
03/26/2020 esheppy
Tilt has said 1.015 for the last couple days, so I guess it is done. Was thinking it would go quite a bit lower, but I'm sure it's ok.
04/02/2020 esheppy
Took a sample. Really high FG at 1.018. Tastes good. Sample wasn't clear, but that might be because I moved the fermentor up to the kitchen right before drawing the sample.
04/03/2020 esheppy
Kegged today. Settling overnight before draining into the keg was a good idea. The beer was much clearer than the sample yesterday. Sample is nice and malty. A fair amount of toffee flavor. Nice and amber / brown. Balancing bitterness cuts the sweetness. Not sure I'm getting a lot of hops from the EKG. Nice beer.
04/04/2020 esheppy
Shook in CO2 for about 10 minutes. Sample tasting nice. Not as clear as I'd like, but that should improve fairly quickly.
04/09/2020 esheppy
Delicious. Easy to drink lots. Great color. Great caramel malt flavor, balanced out with hop bitterness and a bit of finishing hops.
04/25/2020 esheppy
So I had Franken-beer that was a combination of this beer and Melting Stream. The amount of carbonation in that gallon jug makes me think that Dudocs may not have been fully fermented when kegged.
05/02/2020 esheppy
Killed the keg. Didn't seem to last long, but I'll need the keg soon for Foothills IPA, so I'm glad I won't have to force myself to drink up.
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