Mental Brewing

Mental Brew - Poor Ickle Diddums

This beer is my take on a traditional ESB (Extra Special Bitter). Since I was attempting to brew to style, I used as many authentic UK ingredients as possible. A nice, balanced British pale ale is hard to beat!

Update: This beer won a silver medal in the British Beer category of the Redcoat Challenge 2019 homebrew competition.


Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Time: 60 min


Amount / AA (%) Weight Name Type
84.6 11.00 lb Maris Otter Malt Grain
5.8 12.00 oz Victory Malt Grain
3.9 8.00 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt 75L Grain
3.9 8.00 oz Torrified Wheat Grain
1.9 4.00 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt 150L Grain
9.2 1.00 oz First Gold (UK) Hop (60 min)
4.8 1.00 oz East Kent Goldings (UK) Hop (60 min)
4.8 1.00 oz East Kent Goldings (UK) Hop (0 min)

Yeast: Thames Valley Ale (Wyeast Labs #1275)


  • Ferment at 65.0 °F for 3 days
  • Raise temp to 69.0 °F and maintain for 2-3 weeks.
  • Crash the beer


Expected 6.60% 1.063 1.013
Actual 6.80% 1.059 1.008

“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” - Winston Churchill

“You’ll always be Ickle Diddykins to me.” - Harry Potter

Gunnar Johnson

Written by Gunnar Johnson, a professional brewer turned programmer who enjoys brainy banter, groovy guitars, and clean code.

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