DetailsA fine Extra Special Bitter (English Pale Ale) with plenty of malt complexity and hops to please your palate. Our Extra Special Bitter recipe is brewed in true British tradition. Slightly drier than Pale Ales. Balanced malt and hop flavor will make this beer a favorite among British ale brewers.
Ingredients: 9 lbs. Domestic 2-Row barley, 8 oz. Caramel 40L, 2 oz. Chocolate, 2 oz. Roasted Barley, 3.5 oz. of hops, priming sugar, and yeast.
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5.0 / 5.07 ReviewsVery smooth, Easy DrinkingNew to all grain brewing but found it quite easy. I am honored to be the first to brew this beer. I decided to give it 4 stars because I have some recipes for ESB's and there are some kits from other companies I want to try so I wanted to not give it a perfect score. I have really enjoyed it as have some friends who raved over it. Followed the recipe as per the instructions except the last batch of hops was to be added with 2 minutes left in the boil but I added it with 15 minutes to go along with the Irish Moss. It's a very nice balance between malt and hops, more potent than a regular bitter so its not a session beer but for just drinking a few its a winner!March 22, 2011My favorite brew from Midwest SuppliesI've made this recipe previously using the LME kit and was underwhelmed. This time I made it using the all-grain kit and it was not only better than the LME kit, but it was my best homebrew result yet. Unfortunately it went too fast!. If you're considering switching to all-grain brewing, don't be put off by the "specical equipment" warnings - you can build & buy what you need forSeptember 2, 2012Refreshing1. I used the White Labs Burton Ale yeast, and it came out well. Given that this is a little lighter than some other recipes the yeast profile will be more noticeable._x000D__x000D_2. Before you add the Gypsum, make sure you know your water chemistry. Don't just add minerals without knowing what you are doing.December 4, 2012Best beer I've brewed from MidwestI've had successes and failures with my Midwest kits - but this ESB was by far the best. Very, verry good.December 31, 2012esbI made this kit with wyeast, and used some Irish moss. The beer came out great! Excellent mouth feel and balance. I may try an ounce of hops for dry hopping next time, as the flavor is just a tad mild.May 23, 2013Great any time of the yearI brewed this classic ale as a transition from the heavier winter beers to lighter warm weather offerings. This is one of the smoothest, well balanced beers I've brewed. The color is beautiful. I'd recommend using light DME for priming as it gives a carbonation that is less harsh than corn sugar, adding to the overall smoothness of this ale. Cheers!May 29, 2013Needs More Muslin BagsThis beer brewed very nicely once we got going but please be advised that if you are going to steep your grains using muslin bags the kit only came with a single tiny bag which I had to reuse over and over again and the steeping took a couple hours to complete. The beer smelled amazing while brewing and I am sure will be an awesome ESB by the way it is progressing (in carboy clearing up at this moment). I would recommend this kit to someone who is interested in trying it, just know that if you aren't using a false bottom you'll need to add a few more muslin bags to your order.July 1, 2013
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