Basic Bitter Beer Recipe
This is a basic
Bitter Beer recipe
for using malt extract and dried hops.
Brewing beer at home
can be as simple, or as complicated, as you want to make it.
brewing with a kit but once they realise how simple the process is they
soon want to start experimenting and personalising their brews..
styles of beer can be made in more or less the same way.
Just by tweaking the
ingredients slightly you can easily produce a beer to suit your own
And home brew shops
these days can supply a wide selection of malts and varieties of hops
to suit practically any taste.
So, here is the
basic, simple recipe.
Hops, 75 g
1.5 kg (medium)
Sugar, 750 g
Water, 15 litres
the hops in a
muslin bag pop into a pan of water bring to the boil and boil for 10
minutes or so.
Strain off the liquid into the fermenting bin.
Repeat the boiling process twice more with the same bag of hops to
extract the maximum flavour.
Stir the malt extract into the fermenting bin, use some warm water to
rinse the dregs from the container.
Stir in the sugar then make up to 1.5 litters with cold water.
cool to about 18 to 20 degrees C.
Sprinkle the yeast on to the surface of the wort, cover, place the bin
somewhere warm and leave it to ferment.
After about two or three days, skim off the froth and then recover for
another two or three days.
By day five or six the primary fermentation will have converted all the
fermentable sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
bin to a cooler place for another day or two, until the basic
has ‘thrown’ a thick sediment of yeast paste to the bottom of the bin.
Your beer is now ready for bottling.
During the initial fermentation all the carbon dioxide has been allowed
To put some fizz into the beer in the bottles we need to add some sugar
to feed and restart the yeast.
To start this ‘bottle fermentation’ add one level teaspoon full of
sugar for every one litre of beer as it is being syphoned into the
Fill each bottle of basic bitter to within 5cm of the top and cap or
seal each bottle
as it is filled.
Store the bottles in a cool place for at least two or three weeks to
allow the bitter beer to mature before drinking.
This basic beer recipe can be varied to suit your own tastes.
the amount or the style of malt extract will alter the malty
taste, altering the amount or variety of hops will alter the
Improve the hoppy aroma by keeping some of the hops back until the
third day and then add them directly to the wort.
Don’t forget to label your bottles and keep a record of any variations
so that you can repeat them or not depending on the results.
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