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Extra Special Bitter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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More complex than an "ordinary" low-gravity bitter, an ESB is a showcase for high-quality hops and brewing skill, meant to be enjoyed with consideration rather than merely quaffed.

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Think of this as a British Bitter squared - more malt and more hops equals higher gravity, bigger body, more bitterness, and more intense flavors and aromas. A more complex beer than an "ordinary" low-gravity bitter, an ESB is a showcase for high-quality hops and brewing skill, meant to be enjoyed with consideration rather than merely quaffed. Our kit pours with a rich red color and white head and pronounced aromas of hop and fruit.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Extra Special Bitter Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleBritish
Original Gravity1053
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
34 Reviews
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Great recipe! Possibly my new favorite!
I've always enjoyed hoppy beers - long before IPAs became obnoxiously trendy. The description of this beer as a well-balanced ale is quite accurate. It is malty enough to have great flavor, but light enough to be a refreshing thirst-quencher. The hops are substantial enough for those who prefer bitter beers, but they are balanced well by a touch of sweetness.
March 17, 2017
1 year ago
ESB extract kit.
Good kit, one of my favorites.
January 29, 2016
First ESB. Won't be my last.
I'm not super familiar with the style (only had two variations with one being from a small local brewery) but this brew turned out fantastic. I just wracked to keg this morning after two weeks in primary and already it is delicious. It has more of a ruby red color than the above pic but its very clear with no finings. The only thing I added to the boil that wasn't included in the kit was I added a whirlfloc tablet and some wyeast nutrient at 10mins from flameout. I fermented with Nottingham (re-hydrated) and kept temps around 57-62 for the first 4 days and then let it warm up to around 66 degrees for 3-4 days. It then sat at room temp until this morning when I kegged. I will definately buy this kit again. Can't wait to chill and carb!
October 24, 2015
My very first LesB (Larry's extra special Bitter)
As a first brew it has exceeded expectations! Maybe not as genuine as Fuller'so but a nice drop. I'm looking forward to brew #2.
October 1, 2015
Not my favorite style but definitely a good kit.
Drinking my last 12 oz as I write this. It spent 3 months in the fridge at this point and is pretty good, it's malty without too much sweetness. I have one 22 oz bomber that I drink around the 6 month mark as this beer ages pretty well. I just don't think this is my favorite style of beer, not mad I made it as I have said it's all but gone! Anyone who likes ESB's will probably love it.
September 9, 2015
Great ESB Can't Go Wrong
This is great ESB, a bit on the hoppy side which I really enjoy. Very clean beer and great tasting. I did 2 weeks in primary and 2 weeks in secondary, which I think makes for clearer beer. 3 weeks in the bottle is spot on.
August 12, 2015
Best ESB to date
I ferment with plenty of Wyeast 1968 and give it no less than 2 weeks in primary, 1 month in secondary. Just after bottle conditioning I find it unpleasantly grassy but that fades over about a month. After 4 weeks in the bottle it becomes superb. Highly recommended with the 1968 yeast and plenty of time.
May 15, 2014
Great beer that seems to please everyone.
Tasted upon racking to secondary and can't wait for the final product! Already tastes good. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but then again commercial ESB's are all I've ever had. When I tried my friend's ESB from NB I had to brew it!! Him and I did an order together and this is one of the two kits I ordered. Hit the OG right on the money.
January 17, 2014
Good ESB
Turned out pretty decent. I'd recommend keeping the fermentation temps at the low end of the allowance. Mine was around 66 and finished with more fruity esters than desired. Still a tasty beer.
November 19, 2013
We loved this recipe.
Brewed this recipe this August (my second solo homebrew), and served most of it this month at my son's wedding party. Needless to say, it was just about all gone during the first two hours. Will order this one again.
October 1, 2013
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I don't want to bottle this beer. I want to put it into a 5gal keg with co2. So I don't need the priming suger, right?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You do not need priming sugar to keg with co2. I start the first 24 to 48 hours at 40lbs pressure then back the pressure off to 10lbs until satisfactory head is achieved. a week or so then back off to 5 to 7lbs forever after
I have avoided ESB's in the past in thinking that they were exceptionally bitter and have since learned they are not. Is this ESB over the top in bitterness?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: this is a good bitter on a scale of 1 to 10 on bitterness it's a five or six I think just rite if it's too bitter for your taste give it a couple months it'll mellow out
Hi - We are new brewers. We ordered this kit because we like goose island honkers ale. I saw "low gravity" and we thought it would be similar 4-5% abv. So rookie mistake. With an OG of 1.053 we now see that is potentially almost 7% abv. Is that correct? And in the world of beer this would still be considered a low gravity beer? Just curious. Thanks.
J K on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I love ESB's it is my favorite variety of beer. Anyone can make a decent IPA because hops can cover up mistakes. It takes skill to make a balanced , malt forward beer like an ESB.

Anyway you hit the OG right about on the mark. I checked my notes and I had an OG of 1.053 and my FG was 1.013, which left me with a nice 5.25% ABV. I would check your math, the only way you could get 7% would be to have a FG of 1.000. It is nearly impossible to get a FG under 1.010 due to all of the sugars, proteins and other chemical compounds that make beer great. I dont know if I'd consider an ESB as low gravity but it's also not a monster.

Give it some time and see how the FG shakes out. I have only 3-4 of that ESB left and they turned out great.

Good luck
OG was 1.060. Seems high. Have others seen that with this kit?
Aaron T on Apr 17, 2017

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