Organic Extra Special Bitter


A smooth pale amber ale with a malty finish and a rich hop character


Ingredients for 5 gals:

7 1/4# Organic pale malt extract
1/4 lb. Weyermann organic Pale Munich malt
3/4 lb Weyermann organic Carahell malt
OPTIONAL: 1 to 2 lbs. light honey added to the boil- adds a dry crisp finish
1/2 oz. Organic New Zealand Pacific Gem hop pellets -  bittering (32 IBU)
1 oz. Organic American Cascade hops -  flavor (12 IBU)
1/2 oz. Organic German Spalt Select organic hops- aroma
OPTIONAL: 1 oz. American Cascade organic hops- dry hop in secondary fermenter
Ale Yeast: Wyeast #1098 British or #1968 Special London; or White Labs #013 London or #005 British
For bottling: 1 1/4 cup (8 oz.) Dry Malt Extract*
Optional ingredient: 1/2 teaspoon Irish Moss

International Bittering Units (IBU’s): 44
Original Gravity (O.G.): 1.056- 1.062
Final Gravity (F.G.): 1.012-1.018
Average alcohol content (% by volume): 6.2%*If you prefer, you may use 1 cup of organic malt extract or 3/4 cup corn sugar (not included in this kit), or kraeusen with 1 quart of unfermented organic beer (see brewing tip: Kraeusening your beer) for bottling.

Instructions for Brewing:

For expanded directions, go to brewing procedures for extract recipes.

1. Soak the grains in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. For best results, do not boil, and do not exceed 180 oF.
2. Strain the grains (or remove grain bag) and add the grain “tea” to your brew kettle along with up to 5 1/4 gallons of water.
3. Heat the water to boiling and then turn the heat off. Add the malt extract and dissolve the extract completely. Optional: If desired, add 1- 2 lbs honey (not included in kit). Turn the heat back on and bring to a boil.
4. Once the wort has reached a rolling boil add 1/2 oz. NZ Pacific Gem hop pellets (bittering) and boil for 40 minutes.
5. Add 1 oz. American Cascade hop pellets (flavor). If desired, add the Irish Moss flakes. Boil for 15 minutes more.
6. Add 1/2 oz. German Spalt Select hops (aroma), boil 5 more minutes, & turn the heat off.
7. Cool the wort to 65- 75 oF.
8. Transfer the chilled wort into your sanitized primary fermenting vessel.
9. Shake or stir (with a sanitized spoon!) the unfermented beer vigorously to add oxygen.
10. Add the yeast and ferment in a cool dark place for 4-7 days at 60- 70 oF in the primary fermenter.
11. If you have a secondary fermenter, transfer the beer to it when fermentation activity has subsided (after 4-7 days). Optional: If desired, add 1 oz. American Cascade hops to the secondary fermenter for dry hopping.
12. Ferment for an additional 7- 14 days, or until fermentation is complete.
13. Clean and sanitize enough bottles for your batch.
14. Sanitize your bottle caps.
15. Boil your bottling sugar in 2- 4 cups of water for 15 minutes.
16. Cool the sugar solution to 70 oF and pour into a sanitized carboy or bottling bucket. Transfer your beer into the same container and mix slowly. You can also pour the sugar solution into the same fermenter with the beer instead of transferring.
17. Use a racking cane and siphon tubing with a bottle filling tip attached to fill your bottles. Cap immediately after filling the bottles to prevent contamination.
18. Store the beer at room temperature (about 70 oF) for the first few days, then in a cool dark place
(55- 65 oF) for 1-3 weeks. Your beer is ready to drink when it is clear and nicely carbonated.


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