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British Bitter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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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.

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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 Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for British Bitter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1035
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.3 / 5.0
47 Reviews
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Smooth, easy drinking English Bitter
First brew after being out of home brewing for 20 years. Easy to make, results were exactly what I was hoping for; low ABV, crisp, easy drinking English Bitter. Just like I had while in the Cotswolds. First uncapping was two weeks after bottling. We'll see if there is any improvement with time.
October 15, 2017
5 months ago
So far, so good
This is very easy to brew and always a lot of fun. I have this batch in the primary now and it is bubbling away. We cannot wait to get this one bottled. My wife is British and finds this one very close to the famous bitters back home .
February 8, 2017
1 year ago
Excellent, straight ahead English Session Bitter
Nice, simple batch. Looking forward to enjoying this session bitter.
June 1, 2016
Not what I expected
I was thinking this would be pretty much a dry pale ale in the style of Bass. I could have screwed up making it (would be my first whoops batch in 5 years), but it tastes like PBR to me. Definitely not the session ale that I was hoping for. Perhaps I made it wrong, perhaps I don't actually like this style. I've had only good experiences with NB, but I won't brew this one again.OG and FG were right on after a week in primary, 3.4% ABV. I kegged, fined with gelatin, and carbonated for 3 weeks at 12psi. The only thing I can think of is that it probably fermented at about 72 degrees rather than a bit colder.
May 26, 2016
Fantastic traditional English Bitter. Clean, smooth, delicious! Buy it, brew it, enjoy!!!
March 14, 2016
This style is better than you think...
Well, it turns out that English Bitter style beers are one of my favorite. I didn't know it until I tried this kit. Granted, I haven't gotten many from the store either but now I look for them. Perhaps a relatively light (and sessionable) ale with only moderate hops isn't your thing. I loved it! Will brew again!
March 7, 2016
Under Par
I was NOT impressed with this in the slightest. Followed kit instructions and wound up with a flat, almost tasteless watery beer. If I were to compare it to something I'd say it tastes like Natty Light or Mich Ultra.
May 24, 2015
Fresh ingredients, I must have made an error
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.
March 1, 2015
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.
August 31, 2014
Good session beer
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.
March 2, 2014
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What is the ABV?
A shopper on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For the batch I made ABV was 2.6. Lower than expected, but not disappointed, as I wanted a "session" beer.
First time beer brewer here - I set this kit up on Sunday (today is Thursday morning), followed the instructions well, but I don't see much bubbling through the airlock. Will this pick up in the next few days? Or might there be a problem with the yeast (I used the packet of dry yeast that came with the kit). I'm guessing that this issue isn't just related to the bitter kit? Thanks
N E on Nov 18, 2015

That sounds pretty normal if you're fermenting in 6.5 gal bucket. Airlock activity isn't a very accurate measure of fermentation. If there's anywhere the CO2 can escape more easily

it will. If you have a hydrometer

go ahead and take a gravity reading. Otherwise

try a sample after 7-10 days. Unfermented wort will taste sweet

after the yeast has eaten the sugar it will taste like (flat) beer. Let us know if you have any more questions

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