The WY-1968 (London ESB) yeast had the oldest manufacturer date. Not yet expired, but within a month or so, and thus I started with this. Seeing that it was an ESB yeast, I figured I'd try to make something similar to that. I decided, since I had a couple cans of the Amber HME, to start with that, with a flame-out addition of Styrian Goldings. OG was off (as expected) from their anticipated OG (not sure why they overestimate them so), but no worries...
|Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)|
|Type: Extract||Date: 10/13/2012|
|Batch Size: 2.12 gal|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.057 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.048 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG||Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.18 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.69 %|
|Bitterness: 30.1 IBU||Calories: 212 cal/pint|
|Est Color: 11.7 SRM|
EDIT (11/11/12): Bottled today. Got 22 bottles out of the deal. FG 1.011, so nailed that pretty well for a 5% brew. Very tasty... The dryhop really does wonders with these kits. Need to dryhop every one from here on out.