A few months ago I went to dinner with my editor, Melissa, at a great brewpub in Toronto, the Granite. Reading through the beer list she asked me “what’s a fuggle?” I explained it’s a classic British hop. She said she liked the name. This makes sense: editors are word people! I silently decided “what better motivation to brew a beer than to ply your editor with bitter?” Not that I need an excuse, but I certainly like inspiration.
After doing a little research, including a trip to the UK (okay, this was not specifically to prepare for brewing–I was going there anyway), I formulated a recipe and got to work.
- 3.5lb Maris Otter
- 1/2 Lb Cdn 2-row malt
- 6 oz Belgian biscuit
- 6oz 40L Crystal
- 1.7oz 120L Crystal (I had this laying around)
Once I got that mashed and into the pot, I added:
- 0.25oz Fuggles (60min)
- 0.35 oz English Kent Goldings (EKG) (60min)
- 0.15 oz EKG (20 min)
- 0.70 oz Fuggles (20 min)
- 0.30 oz Fuggles (2 min)
Why the combined hop schedules and strange proportions? I was working with limited amounts (I had an extra 1/2 oz EKG laying around) and wanted more complexity than just Fuggles. But I did want to feature Fuggles in the final version.
It is now fermenting on a speciality WYeast–the British Cask Ale yeast. Can’t remember the number. I plan to use that yeast again to brew a bigger ESB.
The jury is out on whether Melissa will like it, but if it’s good… she’ll get a 6-pack. If it’s bad, she’ll get a 24. I’m selfish that way.