Extra Special Bitter - 5-Gallon Kit
Extra Special Bitter, or ESB, is a style similar to India Pale Ale but without as much hop flavor and aroma. This is still a strong beer with fairly sharp bitterness, but without the in-your-face character of an IPA. English hops and ale yeast contribute to this ale's distinctive flavor.
I'm not sure how 5-Gallons became the standard batch size for homebrewers, but it's been that way for as long as I can remember, and since before home beer brewing was even legal. To brew this kit, you'll need a 5-Gallon or larger brew pot as well as at least a 6.5-Gallon fermenter, airlock, siphoning and bottling or kegging equipment. 5-Gallons fills about 53 12-ounce bottles. A good kitchen scale for measuring hops would help too.
The Dry Malt Difference
Our kits are made exclusively with Dry Malt Extract. Dry malt is more expensive, but I think it makes better extract beers. Unlike liquid malt extract, dry malt doesn't darken or pick up off flavors with high storage temperatures and age.
Kit includes: dry malt extract blend, specialty grains, hops, yeast, muslin grain bag, priming sugar, bottle caps and step-by-step instructions.
Style: Extra Special Bitter
Hop Aroma: Medium
Alcohol Content: 5.4% A.B.V.
Original Gravity: 1.055