Brew day — ESB 2014

My latest beer is an ESB. It’s a slight modification of the recipe I used in 2012. I increased the recipe size for 5.5 gallons of finished beer, which means nearly 6 gallons in the fermenter. I figure why not, since I’m using slightly larger fermenters. I also simplified the recipe a bit. I removed the Munich malt and switched to a slightly darker English crystal malt. I also switched the hops around. I went with Willamette hops for bittering and East Kent Goldings for aroma and flavor, reduced the boil time, and got rid of the first wort hops.

Brewing went very well. Good efficiency, good temperatures, and no surprises.

Recipe (70 minute boil):






Measurement Expected Actual Reference
Efficiency 75% 75% N/A
OG 1.054 1.054 1.048 – 1.060
FG 1.014 TBD 1.010 – 1.016
ABV 5.3% TBD 4.6% – 6.2%
IBUs 39 TBD 30 – 50
Color (SRM) 10 Amber 6 – 18

— Steve

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Hi, I’m Steve Block. I’m an Iowan, but have lived in Denver since 2007.

I write, take pictures, run, and ride my bike when I can. Most of my writing is in a journal, though the best ideas find their way here. My photography is a long ongoing hobby, and I have photographs on 500px and Flickr along with a smaller photo portfolio at ev-15. I started running last November, where I have progessed to regular 10k distances. For 2014 I set some nice goals for both running and cycling, and plan to issue regular progress updates. I brew beer pretty regularly too, and started developing my own recipes last fall.

I’m reliving the past, in a way, over at retro focus.

My day to day life is best found on twitter and the pictures on tagisu.

This site is has a collection of essays, short notes, quotes, and photos, in no particular order. It trends towards longer articles, posted about twice a month.

— Steve