Coming back to 2012, one of the local breweries here has decided to work with the homebrew club I go to, the Charlottesville Area Masters of Real Ale, to pick a medal winning beer from 2011 for the Great American Beer Festival's Pro-Am competition later this year. Hence I brewed a new batch of Fuggold Bitter yesterday.
I tweaked the recipe in two ways yesterday, last year the beer was a mini-mash to supplement dry malt extract and was fermented with the Windsor yeast strain, this year the beer is all grain and I am using Safale US-05 as it is similar the brewery's house ale yeast.
The recipe itself is quite simple really:
- 67% Maris Otter
- 13% Amber Malt
- 13% Brown Malt
- 7% Crystal 10
- 19 IBU Fuggles for 60 minutes
- 10 IBU Kent Goldings for 15 minutes
- 1 IBU Fuggles for 1 minute
- Safale US-05
Knowing the standard of the other brewers taking part I will be quite surprised if Fuggold Bitter gets the nod, but you have to be in it to win it.