The appeal was the frankly bizarre beer, at least to my young taste buds, weened on Foster Lager, namely Dogbolter (6%) and Earthstopper (8%).
Clearly it's going to be a short session on either of those beers, but we pretty much avoided the Earthstopper and normally managed three pints or so of Dogbolter before wobbling out of there.
The legend is that Dogbolter was a diluted Earthstopper, when David was distracted by a phone call while sparging the resulting wort ended up 15 gravity points lower, rather than pour it away David brewed up a batch and the result was many a happy hangover.
It's been over 20 years since I've tasted the beer, apparently the West Berkshire Brewery has relaunched it with David's blessing, I've not tried it yet, but I did find a recipe in Charlie Papazian's book, Microbrewed Adventures and have now managed to brew it.
Recipe: 27 Dogbolter Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) TYPE: All Grain Recipe Specifications -------------------------- Batch Size: 21.00 L Boil Size: 25.40 L Estimated OG: 1.063 SG Estimated Color: 23.2 EBC Estimated IBU: 40.7 IBU Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Boil Time: 90 Minutes Ingredients: ------------ Amount Item Type % or IBU 5000.00 gm Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC) Grain 88.46 % 630.00 gm Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (78.8 EBC) Grain 11.15 % 22.00 gm Black (Patent) Malt (985.0 EBC) Grain 0.39 % 85.00 gm Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (60 min) Hops 37.3 IBU 15.50 gm Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (15 min) Hops 3.4 IBU 1.11 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc 6.00 gm Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc 1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 5652.00 gm ---------------------------- Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Step Time Name Description Step Temp 90 min Mash In Add 14.13 L of water at 76.0 C 68.0 C Notes: ------ Used tap water treated with 16ml of CRS, added 6gm of gypsum to the boil,
GW water calc suggests adding nearly twice that but that's all I Had. Hops are getting on a bit so have used the calculator on
http://brewerslog.appspot.com/HopAlphaCalc, which means adding a who 100g
to the brew to get anywhere near the suggested IBUs of 48.