Weasel Breweries™ Recipes:
Zenda's Retreat ESB™ Extra Special Bitter

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Shangri-la. A little corner of the world that you can call your own. You have everything you've ever wanted, but for some paradise is never enough. For these fools in need of rescue from perfect bliss, we suggest you grow and accept perfection. And drink Zenda's Retreat -if it's not enough, there's always more, you greedy swine. A Full Metal Hoopajoop from those insatiable Monks of Ann Arbor Abbey.™

Extract and partial mash. Taste at bottling looks very promising. Makes 5 gallons. Elapsed time: 1.5 hours.

  • 8 lbs. Pale malt extract
  • 1 lb. cracked Victory Malt
  • 0.5 lb. cracked British Crystal Malt
  • 1.5 oz. pelleted Olympic hops (bittering)
  • 1.5 oz. pelleted Cascade hops (flavoring)
  • 1 oz. pelleted Cascade hops (aroma)
  • 1 tsp. Irish Moss (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Yeast nutrient (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Chillguard (optional)
  • 1 package dry Manchester Yeast

In a 30 liter stainless steel brew pot, bring 20 liters cold water to a boil.

Meanwhile, add 5 liters cold water to a 20 liter stainless steel sparge pot. Place specialty grains in muslin or nylon sparging bag and add to water. Begin heating. When temperature reaches 180 F, turn off heat and sparge grains for an additional five minutes. Then, remove bag and squeeze remaining tasty goodness from bag using a collander and a large bowl. Discard grains.

When brew pot reaches boil, begin stirring water and add malt extract. Stirring will prevent the malt extract settling to the bottom of the pot and burning. Next, add the contents of the sparging pot. Stir a few more times for good measure. Inhale.

Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil again. When boiling, the mixture forms a foam layer which can rise out of the pot and burn on your stove. Be careful to avoid this. It is messy and difficult to clean.

Boil the wort for 60 minutes, adding ingredients at the following intervals:

Start of boil: Bittering hops - 1.5 oz. Olympic

45 minutes: Flavoring hops - 1.5 oz. Cascade, Irish Moss, Yeast nutrient

55 minutes: Aroma hops - 1.0 oz. Cascade

60 minutes: Stop boil

Cool the wort to 85 F or lower before adding yeast. Cool the wort as quickly as possible to prevent infection. Leave wort in primary fermenter until fermentation subsides (about a week). Leave wort in secondary fermenter for an additional two to three weeks. Bottle and age to taste. (Weasel Breweries recommends a minimum of three months. More is better... really.)

1st Brewing 24 July 1999.

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Last update: 29 August 2011