British Bitter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1000

Well-balanced, low gravity session beer, with a moderate amount of bitterness and a blend of floral hop aromas and flavor paired with fruity, sweet character from English malt and yeast.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Don't be misled by the name; British bitters are actually well-balanced beers, with a moderate amount of bitterness and a blend of floral hop aromas and flavor paired with fruity, sweet character from English malt and yeast. This kit is low in gravity, making it a great session beer. For an extra touch of authenticity, serve at cellar temperature (about 55° F) in Imperial pint glasses.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter
Color Light
Original Gravity 1035
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Fresh ingredients, I must have made an error Review by Duane
This kit was nicely packaged, and the ingredients seemed fresh. That said, this brew was not my favorite. I attribute that to my process. This was my first extract kit after doing all grain small batches, and I must have made a mistake. (Posted on 3/1/15)
Bitter and Malty Review by Randy
Brewed this for a quick turn around beer. This kit does not disappoint with a good bitterness and malt complexity. Would recommend this kit to anyone looking for an easy driking beer that's easy to brew and ready in short order. (Posted on 11/26/14)
Classic Review by Kyle
If you're looking for the latest, hippest, hop-explosion American craft brew----this ain't it. If you want a nice, simple, classic English session ale, this is your kit. Holy cow, I don't know what happened when I was making this. I got this kit in the early spring, but didn't have time to make it and was going to wait until fall, but then we got a stretch of low 70's weather this August, so I brewed it. Maybe it was that Danstar Windsor yeast, but I pitched the yeast when the wort was in the low 70's, and the whole thing pretty much fermented out in 48 hours! I left it in the primary for another three days, then bottled it. Five days bottle conditioning, stuck them in the fridge---awesome! So ten days from brewing to drinking---that's a new record for me. Like a lot of low gravity session ales, it seemed kind of thin when I bottled it, but that wasn't so noticeable after some conditioning. Great kit if you're looking for a simple, classic, easy-to-brew bitter. (Posted on 8/31/14)
Good session beer Review by Linden
Easy brew well balanced low gravity with a hint of bitterness at the finish. Used the Wyeast 1945 NeoBritannia yeast 2.5 weeks primary, 2 weeks bottle conditioning and it was ready to go. If your looking for a session beer this is a very good option.
(Posted on 3/2/14)
quick and easy Review by Booms
This is a very simple "lawnmower" beer that goes down smooth and easy. Looking forward to doing this one again for the summer. (Posted on 2/2/14)
Good session beer Review by Robert
I really enjoyed this beer, but could of used a bit more alcohol. Hop flavor was pretty subtle, but good. Would recommend doing full volume boil if your equipment permits to get as much flavor out of this kit. (Posted on 11/15/13)
Easy and excellent Review by Ryan
This was my second homebrew attempt and I'm frankly puzzled at how quickly the beer was ready.

One week in the primary
Chilled overnight in a walk-in fridge
Three days in the secondary (with gelatin for clarity)
One week in bottles

It's fully carbonated and delicious, the only surprise is the yeast in the bottle is very white/flaky, so I need to be careful when pouring.

I tend to agree that a wee bit more hop at the end of each sip would be nice, but I understand that's not this beer. (Posted on 9/13/13)
It tastes like a better Budweiser Review by Robert
Though I did add 2 extras:
English Maris Otter Malt - 1 lb. crushed (seeped 45 min)
1/3 cup of corn sugar

2 weeks in the primary and 2 weeks bottle conditioning

This taste test comes in at the early stages of the brew so I am thinking it can only get better from here BUT its off to a good start! (Posted on 7/13/13)
Special Session Beer Review by Locust Avenue Brew Works
I brewed this ale on 1/26/13 and kegged on 2/19. This is the third time I have brewed this (very good the first two times), but I think the Maris Otter extract really makes a big difference. English ales are my favorite beer style of beer, and this is excellent.

Not too bitter, not too malty, this is a really good beer if you are looking to have one (or a few) simply to enjoy a beer.

Now I'm probable going to catch some grief for this, but I always like to get my wife to sample the beer that I brew (she is definitely not a beer lover). There have been some that she thought were OK, a couple that she disliked, but her usual response is "Tastes like beer". This is one that she really liked, saying this is one she could easily drink on a warm summer day. To me, this says a lot about the quality of the recipe and product. (Posted on 2/22/13)
very good low gravity beer Review by Dan
This beer is everything it was sold as. Does not need any tinkering with it is well balanced as described. If you need more hops there are others available to fulfill that need.
I will be keeping this kegged all the time with a hoppier beer in another keg. Nice to change off.
I bought into the buy one get one free keg deal at christmas and was the best move I have made so far, makes this a lot more fun with only a few days to carb instead of weeks !! (Posted on 1/24/13)
Very good. Review by Rick - JC,MO
Tried this one as my first homebrew. Easy to make, no drama during fermentation w/Danstar Nottingham yeast. Primed and bottle conditioned for 3+ weeks. Easy drinking, crisp, malty, this should be perfect during the summer or while watching all 3 games on Sunday. I just got another kit in yesterday, I intend to keep this one around at all times. You can put a few of these away without upsetting SWMBO. (Posted on 12/13/12)
good beer but great with a little tweak Review by Blaine
Fantastic recipe and the NeoBrittania yeast really ferments vigorously! I added another 3lbs of LME at flameout and a half ounce each of UK Northdown hops at 45 minutes and 30 minutes. A nice session beer that was an easy drinker. Clean with some nice bitterness. Made for a nice 5% final product. The extra hops gave it some nice flavor to balance the bitterness. (Posted on 9/26/12)
true to style Review by ben
You know you're drinking a british ale with this kit as it's very spot on for its classification. It's not malty, not bitter, the yeast sets it apart. I had such an explosion using dry yeast I had to use a secondary. I used a teaspoon of irish moss and I can read a newspaper through the bottle. very clear and gets better each day. It's not the greatest NB kit i've made but always a better option than anything you can buy on sunday. (Posted on 8/22/12)
Great session brew Review by scott in Michigan
Brewed this beer left in primary for 2 weeks two the day FG was 1.010. fermented at 64degrees and gave it a two day rest at 72. Kegged it and was drinking it two days later. Now its off to the wedding reception for the guest. Have to say good beer lots of hoppy bitterness but a bit thin in the mouth I would order some Malto dextrin to fix this. Still a great clean beer (Posted on 6/15/12)
Not quite there Review by Sean
While good, I think this one needs a little more. A little more DME or LME and a little more hop aroma and it would be a much better beer. (Posted on 6/3/12)
Great Session Beer. Lacks Hop Character Review by Thomas M.
This is a very easy brew and a perfect session beer. However it lacks some of the floral notes from the yeast (probably due to my mid range ferm temp). This recipe also lacks a noticeable hop nose. This would really shine with some dry hopping to pull out that aroma. Another pound or two or LME or DME would also bring the mouthfeel up just a tad to match it's lineage. (Posted on 5/15/12)
Exactly as described!! Review by Brian
This was my 4th batch. After brewing 3 bigger beers I decided to try a lighter beer for friends and family. This one fit the exact bill for what I was looking for. Everyone loves it. 1 week primary, 1 week secondary for clarity, force carbonated in keg for 3 days and it was ready. 2.5 weeks tops! A good beer to try if you are new and have no patience!!!! Enjoy it! (Posted on 4/3/12)
Easy, fast, perhaps a bit bland. Review by n8
This was drinkable quick and got clearly better with just an extra week in the bottle. Nice clarity and color. The fruity/yeasty character came through in the flavor, but not the hop contribution advertised. For my taste I'd go with another half ounce of hops early and late to balance the sweetness of this beer contribute some noticeable aroma. (Posted on 3/23/12)
Quick, Easy, so good Review by RyanL
This was a simple recipe that can get you two cases of beer in a couple of weeks. Incredibly easy to drink and your friends will love it. But remember, it's very low gravity, you aren't going to get a ton of flavor. (Posted on 3/1/12)
Smooth & Tasty Review by Keegster
This is the first 5 gallon extract batch that I have brewed so far. I bought an oat stout kit, and decided that I wanted to do a lighter, session-able beer as well. Upon first taste around two weeks after bottling, I was surprised how smooth this beer was and how drinkable it was even at cellar temperature, as I just pulled a bottle from my basement to check the carbonation status. It has subtle hints of caramel and a nice dry finish. I shared it with friends who liked it and even converted a
coworker back to home-brew after he had a bad previous experience. After exploring some other session beer kits to try, I will definitely be coming back to this one. (Posted on 12/19/11)
Fantastic English Bitter Review by Mickey
First let me say I am happy so many are home brewing, that said I wish they would educate themselves a little more on styles of beer before they brew them. This is a fantastic English Bitter, I used date a girl from England and have been there about 15 times, so I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on Bitters, This is it! Great Job and Great Price, way to go NB (Posted on 7/7/11)
Really good small beer Review by Pooter
This was the third batch I've brewed; always been curious about the style, and the lower a.b.v. don't ship well or get exported, so perfect for home brew. This has a nice, classically hopped taste (i.e. not bitter by newer American standards) and a lot of depth in both taste and smell. Everyone I have given this to has really liked it. Mine came in at a lower O.G. than the recipe, I think I was too conservative about trying to keep the sediment out of the carboy. Great beer, will do again! (Posted on 7/3/11)
An Authentic English Bitter Review by LeesburgHomeBrew
This was only my third home brew, and it's the best so far. This beer is much closer to what you would taste in a traditional English pub than any bottled English bitter I've ever had. (I have had fresh cask conditioned English bitter from a local brew pub that is also dead on). My wife also loves this beer. I highly recommend this! (Posted on 6/19/11)
Product Description: Don't be misled by the name; British bitters are actually well-balanced beers, Review by Nick
It amazes me that people have difficulty reading the product description. Bitter is an English term for pale ale. This kit is very true to the style of a British Bitter. Highly recommend this for anyone new to home brewing. Planing on making this again. (Posted on 5/25/11)
Fantastic Session Beer Review by Ashley
I believe this fits the English Bitter Style Guidelines perfectly. It has been very popular with my friends as well. I would brew this again, just to have to drink on a hot summer day. (Posted on 5/23/11)
the bitter was missing Review by Abandon dog brewing
a very light beer but the bitter was not there. i liked it but was ready to have a good british bitter but this wasn't it. was more amber then blonde. not bad but will not make this one again. (Posted on 5/11/11)
Best way to end a workday beer Review by Bry6140
You all are reading way to much into the name of this beer just because it has bitter in the name doesn't mean bitter. This quite possibly the most ballanced beer I have had in a long time this beer will be in regular rotation at my house bar!
It has got to be the best way to end a work day a very refreshing thirst quenching beer nothing exotic a just a real working mans beer. Easy to produce and even easier to drink so be ready it will be gone before you know it so order extra.

(Posted on 2/12/11)
Easy to Drink Crisp Beer Review by Mickey
This is a very goos everyday beer, very easy to drink crisp, fresh and floral I do not find it at all bitter as some have noted. i brewed it just as instructed, I will definately brew this one again. Do not agree with the low budget comment, you have to understand what you are brewing. This beer is everything it claims. (Posted on 1/16/11)
overall a light finish Review by Jimgobrew
I found it to be a pretty light beer and the bittering hops did not come through like I hoped. I give it 4 pints because my wife loves it. It's not what I call my domestic compensation ale. (Posted on 1/6/11)
Lawnmower or aged, it's a wonderful first beer. Review by GoodShelter
This was my first solo brew after a friend hooked me up with the equipment.

Following the instructions to the letter, like a nervous school-boy, the beer after two weeks in bottle was very light as other reviewers state--but had a lovely crispness that I fear is too often written off as being "lawnmower-esque".

The two cases only lasted about four weeks between my wife and I--but the over-all quality, head, nose and maturity of flavors had markedly improved by the end.

In conclusion I wish I had had the will power to save a few bottles and see what developed over a month or two.

I liked British Bitters enough to make it the fourth batch I ever brewed--in the bottles in the closet now. This time it will sit for four weeks before being cracked into and four bottles are being set aside for a minimum of four months. I'll report back on that.

Also fellas note above, my wife--not the biggest beer drinker--really enjoyed this brew.

Cheers and beers--
(Posted on 12/20/10)
Disappointing -- Tastes Cheap Review by Bob
I wasn't happy with this beer, at all; it tastes low-budget. There's nothing actively bad about it, but the only good thing I can say about it is that it quenches thirst. It had virtually no malty flavor, just a touch of bitterness and a mild hop aftertaste -- basically like old water. It might be nice for a day out in the boat, but there's nothing in it that gets me excited.

This is the first NB kit that I've been disappointed with, so maybe it's just not my thing, but I definitely will not be making this again. (Posted on 9/20/10)
Great First Brew & Excellent Beer!!! Review by Juice
I received the British Bitter kit along with my starter brewing kit for my anniversary this year. My wife had seen all of the reviews about the flavor and ease of producing it and thought it would be a great first brew for us. She was right! It is great! We decided to try a few two weeks after bottling and thought we'd follow the recommendations of the reviews and let the rest age for a bit before drinking. That didn't happen. We drank it down quickly, sharing with friends and family along the way. They've all loved it as well and I'm ordering another British Bitter kit today! (Posted on 9/19/10)
Excellent, simple beer Review by Jon
Excellent beer. Kettle to keg in 4 weeks and 3 days. (Posted on 6/4/10)
Pretty good Review by Legin
Incredibly light. A little too light for my taste. My brother, on the other hand, purported it as being the best beer that I have produced. Enough said. (Posted on 4/28/10)
Excellent Review by Morelhunter
This is my first go at making a beer. I chose this one because it was the quickest to drinkable. It was very easy to make and tastes wonderful. As stated before, it tastes best after week 5 or so. I f have given many to mass produced light lager drinkers and thye all thinki it is great. I will made 3 others and I do not know how they taste yet, but I am going tostart another BB tomorrow.
Great beer! (Posted on 2/28/10)

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