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Old 06-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a recipe to a not so bitter English bitter

I'm looking for a recipe of a beer that will be nice to drink in the summer (not so bitter, and low abv).
I'm only set for extract brewing.
Does anyone made something like this?



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Old 06-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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How about an English Mild? It is the Bitter's non-bitter brother. I am getting ready to make Orfy's mild which is highly recommended. Here is the extract version:

US 5 Gallon - Extract

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.80 gal

4.89 lb Light Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 75.0 %
0.91 lb Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett)
0.28 lb Chocolate Malt (Thomas Fawcett) 508.0 SRM
0.87 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (45 min) Hops 15.1 IBU
0.87 oz Fuggles [4.50%] (15 min) Hops 8.2 IBU
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale
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A classic northern dark mild like my Granddad used to drink.



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Old 06-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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I don't think bitters are actually bitter at all.

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
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How about a can of prehopped lager LME (Coopers-Muntons-etc...) and a pound or so of dark DME. Maybe some dark brown sugar or molasses (4-8 ounces).

If you want a little extra body maybe 8 ounces of maltodextrin.


Very simple, all extract, low IBU, no need to add hops. This is no super complex ale, but is a basic easy to make brew. Not too high on the ABV (at least for me).
Boil it up, cool it, add a packet of yeast and in 2 weeks you can get it into bottles.

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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How about a can of prehopped lager LME (Coopers-Muntons-etc...) and a pound or so of dark DME. Maybe some dark brown sugar or molasses (4-8 ounces).

If you want a little extra body maybe 8 ounces of maltodextrin.


Very simple, all extract, low IBU, no need to add hops. This is no super complex ale, but is a basic easy to make brew. Not too high on the ABV (at least for me).
Boil it up, cool it, add a packet of yeast and in 2 weeks you can get it into bottles.
Funny I was thinking the same thing, I made the Coopers English Bitter kit and used 3lbs of DME it turned out great!
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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Easy to do from start to finish.. The OP seems to want something light on the hops, so I figured a can of hopped lager which most times has a good bit less hoppiness.

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I don't think bitters are actually bitter at all.
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OP, you could try a cream ale. Those make a nice sessionable summer beer. Mild is another great choice if you're looking for a less bitter bitter.
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Exactly. The actual bitterness is usually from the mid 20s to mid 30s IBU and balanced with a lovely malty body. A nice bitter is a thing of beauty.
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Exactly. The actual bitterness is usually from the mid 20s to mid 30s IBU and balanced with a lovely malty body. A nice bitter is a thing of beauty.
Cheers to that! A well made bitter is good for any season.


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