From the HBD Archive
From: gkushmer@Jade.Tufts.EDU
Subject: Re: English Bitters - Theaky's XB Anyone?
Date: 1992-06-25 14:24:26 GMT

I too am one of the many who started brewing because of the want to get
a decent pint of English Bitter. (That and I had this 'calling' to
do so :).

My favorite example of the style is an English ale made by Theakston's.
These same people make Old Peculiar, which I know many of you have tasted.
However, their Theakston's XB, available on tap mainly in Lancashire and
York, is one of my favorite beers. It's hoppy, smooth, and just
slightly creamy.

Of course, I've come nowhere near duplicating it yet, but if anyone
out there has some malt/hops/brewing tips on how I can get close to
it then I am all ears.

So far, my best results have come from 6 lbs of amber extract (don't mash
yet, but I still brew :), a half lb. of crystal, a 1/4 lb. of roasted
malt, and long-term dry-hopping.

Cheers,

- --gk

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