Item #: K10
Our Price: $34.99
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The most popular draft beer in England, Bitter, despite its astringent name, has less hop flavor (bitterness) than pale ale. Bitter is known in England as a session beer, which means it has a flavor people do not tire of when they are having a few, and the alcohol content is not so strong as to numb the brain during the drinking session, as the social custom in England requires that everyone in the group buy a round of 20 ounce pints smooth malty beer, balanced with a noticeable but not strong English hop bitterness. Bitter is traditionally served on draft, as the lower carbonation levels inherent in draft beer best showcase its smooth character. Alcohol: 4.5%, IBU's 31.

Includes 6.5 lbs. of our blended malt extract, English Golding hops, 125 ml of liquid ale yeast, and corn sugar for carbonation. Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.044. Ease of Brewing: Beginner

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by Don
on 5/7/2019
from Champaign, IL
Why new recipe
I too was disappointed in the change to a lighter malt.  This new recipe no longer has the malty flavor and dark color of authentic southern England bitters.  It also brewed up a bit more alcoholic than the previous recipe (4.5 vs 4.0%), which is also less of an authentic bitter. 
by Luke
on 2/13/2019
from Omaha
Confused Reviews
Not sure what some of these other reviewers did differently on their batches.
My batch was not sweet or overly carbonated. If anything I would have been ok with slightly more carbonation.
Also does Not taste like Shiner. That is a Lager this is an Ale.

Brew it for yourself & set your own opinion.
I rather liked it.
by Steve
on 2/13/2019
from Oklahoma
Good & Easy
The kit was very easy to use with easy to follow directions.

The finished product was very good. Very much like a light pale ale.

I would recommend.
by Schmidty
on 1/13/2019
from Montana
Too Light
What happened to your authentic English bitter? The malt that came in my kit looked suspiciously like the malt in my California Pilsner kit, but I brewed it anyway. It’s not a bad beer, just not a bitter anymore. I’m bummed by that. Light golden, low malt flavor.
by b farrar
on 5/18/2017
from cleveland,oh
review,english bitter
1st kit i ever got that didnt make the grade.its way to dark & tastes like Bass ale,this is not my idea of Fullers ESB.i think you should  use a much lighter malt & more hops.i have loved your other kits and now making your wonderful farmhouse ale.
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