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Azorean Brewer's Best Bitters

Azorean Brewer's Best Bitters

Special/Best/Premium Bitter • All Grain • 5 gal

Azorean Brewer

This Best Bitters is my "Official" house brew.

February 12, 2005  09:16pm

4.7/5.0 3 ratings

Ingredients (All Grain5 gal)

  • 8 lbs American 2-row

    American 2-row

    Yields a slightly higher extract than Six Rox brewers Malt. Tends to give a smoother, less grainy flavored beer. Some brewers claim they can detect a significant difference in flavor. Lower protein and will yield a lower color than Six-Row Brewers Malt

  • .75 lbs American Caramel 60°L

    American Caramel 60°L

    Mild caramel,nutty flavor, sweet. adds color

  • 0.25 lbs Dark Brown Sugar

    Dark Brown Sugar

    Imparts rich, sweet flavor. Use in Scottish ales, old ales and holiday beers.

  • 1.5 oz Fuggle - 4.0 AA% pellets; boiled 60 min


    Mild. Mainly used for finishing and dry hopping especially pale ales, porters, and stouts. Aroma is mild and pleasant, spicy, and soft.

  • .5 oz Fuggle - 4.0 AA% pellets; boiled 6 min


    Mild. Mainly used for finishing and dry hopping especially pale ales, porters, and stouts. Aroma is mild and pleasant, spicy, and soft.

  • Wyeast 1098 British Ale™

    Wyeast 1098 British Ale™

    From Whitbread. Ferments dry and crisp, slightly tart, fruity and well-balanced. Ferments well down to 65F.


I have made 12 batches of this unbelievably great batch ... it is a keeper. This is my own best recipe EVER. Mash @ 122F for 20 minutes, and then at 154-156F for 60 minutes, raise the temp by adding 1 1/2-2 gallons boiling water. Sparge normally & Boil for 60 minutes add the brown sugar at start of boil. Ferment as you would for a good ale. I have developed this awesome House Best Bitters. Update: 6-10-2005, I have made this three times, it is a WINNER ! ! ! update update 1-31-2011 made this 12 times ... WOW ! ! ! WOW !!! WOW !!!

Style (BJCP)

Category: 8 - English Pale Ale

Subcategory: B - Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.045 1.040 - 1.048
Terminal Gravity: 1.010 1.008 - 1.012
Color: 12.5 SRM 5 - 16
Alcohol: 4.6% ABV 3.8% - 4.6%
Bitterness: 32.4 IBU 25 - 40


Azorean Brewer

Awesome, and Malty

2005-04-14 5:22am

Well it's been two months since I brewer this and promised to give some feed back on this batch, WOW, it turned out really great, it is true to a "Best Bitters" not overly hopped @ 100% of target. It has a malt characteristic of a neighborhood pub in England, If you read this and pass on making this recipe you are really missing out on an outstanding brew ... Add .25 Lbs. Special "B" to try and get is a little malier, and added a little more hops

Azorean Brewer

Totally awesome

2005-06-10 9:00pm

I have made a lot of beer, and this is by far the best recipe I have ever made. You must give it a go.


31 Jul 05

2005-08-01 7:09am

Based on what you wrote I had to give this one a try. My only modification was that I replaced the Fuggles with my HG Williamette. My OG was 48. This is the first batch where I will be controling the fermentation temp with a freezer and a temp control unit. Will post again after this one gets bottled. 17 Sep 05 It came out great. I wasn't quite use to drinking a bitter as I usually brew pale ales but this one grows on you. After the first you are looking forward for the second. I will list it as a Brew Again. I will cut the priming down a bit, my FG was 11 and I primed with 3/4 cup which was too much (Great head though).

Azorean Brewer

This is the best "Best Bitters" I have ever had ...

2006-03-02 8:35pm

Talk about Malt complexity, and don't forget those adjuncts, they are important in a great English ale like this one ... 4'th time making this, this is officially my "House Ale". Do not deviate from the recipe.

Azorean Brewer

Best brew I make, BATCH # 6

2007-05-28 10:05am

I brewed this today (Memorial Day 5-28-2007) again for the 6'th time ... it is by far the simplist and best beer I make. Everyone to samples it says I should enter it in competion. O.G. was 1.052 YOU SHOULD TRY THIS IT IS AN AWESOME BITTERS ! ! !


just brewed, what is your addition?

2007-07-11 9:44pm

I just brewed this today, thank you! I have a question. In one of your comments you mentioned 0.25 pounds of special B. What is this? Also, do you know how many cups of brown sugar 0.25 pounds ends up being?

Azorean Brewer

Don't mess with this recipe

2007-08-15 9:27pm

Ok, to answer your question Special B is often refered to as Belgian Special B ... but I have refined this recipe to produce an awesome batch of beer. Do not deviate from it ... this is amazingly simple and really great brew ... let me know how it turned out OK? really curious, everybody that tastes this can't believe it is home made ... This is the best home brew you will taste .. my own House recipe ... I have made this exact recipe more than 8 times ... by the way I would guess that 4 oz. of brown sugar would be somewhere around 1 cup ... not packed just spinkled in, but invest in a good mail scale to save your self the trouble of guessing ... they are around $30 Paco ...


as good as advertised

2008-03-15 1:23pm

I have made this beer twice and each time it has been as good as all the comments say. I keep forgetting to buy the special bitters but other than that I have followed the recipe. You will not be dissapointed.

Azorean Brewer

Saturday Boys Brew Session

2008-04-13 3:00pm

Had a brew / lesson session ... some friends wanted to learn how to brew all grain, it was great, they did all the work and I sat back and instructed them on what to do, only way to learn is to get right in to it, from crushing the grain to running the wort chiller. We did a double (10 Gallon) batch. I have brewed this recipe many times, this is my favortie batch, OG was 1.050.

Azorean Brewer

Azorean Brewer Best Bitters - Unbelievable.

2009-08-16 11:31am

This is the best recipe I have ever brewed. My friends love this beer. They want me to enter it in compition. You will love this beer and brew it over and over. Paco.

Azorean Brewer

The only British beer you need to brew

2011-01-31 8:23pm

Unbelievbly simple to make and unbelievably fantastic to drink. Read the reviews.

Azorean Brewer

My all time best researched recipe EVER ! ! !

2011-01-31 8:30pm

My all time best researched recipe EVER ! ! !


Excellent Recipe

2011-02-25 3:07am

Actually made this with WLP009 Australian Ale Platinum yeast and turned out awesome. Nice forward malt flavor. Getting ready to do another 10 gallons.

Fat Ferret


2011-03-27 2:14am

Wow, unreal, make this easy brew you will NOT be sorry. Here in South Africa we are usually larger drinkers, my buddies demolished this in one sitting!! Used SAFALE S 04 instead, perfect.


Water profile

2013-03-17 12:40am

Any additions ?

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