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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.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, 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 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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Great First Brew & Excellent Beer!!!
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!
September 19, 2010
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
Product Description: Don't be misled by the name; British bitters are actually well-balanced beers,
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.
May 25, 2011
very good low gravity beer
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 !!
January 24, 2013
quick and easy
This is a very simple "lawnmower" beer that goes down smooth and easy. Looking forward to doing this one again for the summer.
February 2, 2014
Great Beer
This is an excellent beer. I agree with below, let it age a bit (4-5 wks in the bottle) and it develops a full, round body.I'll be making this again for sure.
January 19, 2010
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!
February 28, 2010
Smooth & Tasty
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.
December 19, 2011
Quick, Easy, so good
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.
March 1, 2012
Lawnmower or aged, it's a wonderful first beer.
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--
December 20, 2010
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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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