SH2B (Single-Hopped Best Bitter) All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1914

The unadulterated goodness of Fuggle hops shines through in this traditional English ale.

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Best bitters occupy the territory between low-gravity, low-alcohol ordinary bitters and heavier and hoppier ESBs: they're session beers with a bit of substance. Through three kettle additions, this kit showcases the herbal, earthy, and resiny character of Fuggle hops. Brewed with all English malt (Munton's DME in the extract kit, Maris Otter in the AG version) and an ale yeast that is absolutely classic for bitters, this is a pedigreed, card-carrying pub ale. Copper in color and complex in profile, expect aromas and flavors of rich malt, fruit, toffee, biscuit, chocolate, and resiny hops. Serve in 20 oz increments in an NB Mine pint.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1045
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Just enough on the bitter side Review by Fred
I brewed this a few months ago. I'm a fan of English bitters in general and wanted to try something with a bit more hops to it and this sounded part way between an English IPA and a Special Bitter.

Having tasted it, I still think that's a good description. It started out with too high a level of bitterness after fermentation, but after 4-6 weeks in the keg it really started to smooth out and hit a nice balance. It starts out with a nice mix of earthy hops with a solid but not overwhelming bitter core then fades into a nice malty aftertaste that lingers. When this beer warms up a bit out of the keg, it's great. Highly recommended. (Posted on 11/29/12)
Excellent Review by Goebles
Excellent ... True to style... Boil to keg in 10 days ( Zmurgy / March-April) This very well may be my new house beer. (Posted on 3/26/11)
Surprised Review by aolson
I made this recipe for one reason only - because I had never used Fuggle hops and this brew ONLY uses Fuggles. Also, I really had little to no experience with bitters, so I thought why not. I am usually a fan of much bigger beers, so this was a departure for me. I just kegged my batch, and I am surprised at how good this recipe is. I simply love the flavor of the fuggles, and how very well balanced the bitterness is in this brew. This one ranks very high on my list of recipes. Like the previous reviewer, my wife also had high praise for this recipe and she is not much of a beer drinker. Try this one. (Posted on 11/7/10)
SH2B Review by NE Brewer
This is a very nice kit. My wife really likes this beer and that's is just about the best outcome I could have from any brew.

We did side-by-side comparision with Fuller's London Pride. Both exhibit malty taste and undercurrrent hop that you want to find in a Best BItter. Although Fuller's is a benchmark that has(and will) long stand. When you fill that glass from your own keg with beer made in your kitchen... I mean brewery, well It is hard to knock it.

Cheers, (Posted on 5/29/10)

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