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Adnams Bitter Clone

Adnams Bitter Clone

Ordinary Bitter • All Grain • 5 gal

Tim Etherington

Drank some bitter in my days in England. Adnams was the local brewery. Looking forward to trying this one. The recipe calls for cane sugar but that wasn't in the drop down. It is supposed to be added at the end of the boil. And the Black Patent is supposed to be steeped for 20 minutes at 160ºF.

July 3, 2017 at 08:48pm

4.0/5.0 1 rating

Ingredients (All Grain5 gal)

  • 6 lbs Maris Otter Pale

    Maris Otter Pale

    An English thoroughbred and a favored choice of malt for many brewers. Simpsons' Maris Otter has a rich and nutty flavor and despite its small, berry size has a strong husk. This malt delivers predictable brewhouse performance with modest, yet consistent extracts. Brewers can expect good runoffs with clear wort.

  • .08 lbs British Black Patent

    British Black Patent

    Dry, burnt, chalky character. Use in porters, stouts, brown ales and dark lagers.

  • .63 lbs White Table Sugar (Sucrose)

    White Table Sugar (Sucrose)

    Common household table/baking sugar. Lightens flavor and body of beer. Can contribute a cider-like flavor to the beer if not cold-fermented or used in large quantities.

  • 1 oz Challenger - 8.0 AA% pellets; boiled 65 min


    Popular bittering hop used primarily in British ales and lagers. Mild to moderate aroma, but quite spicy.

  • .5 oz Fuggle - 4.8 AA% pellets; boiled 65 min


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

  • 0.50 oz East Kent Goldings - 5.0 AA% pellets; boiled 20 min

    East Kent Goldings

    Mild, slightly flowery.

  • Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale™

    Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale™

    Highly flocculant top-fermenting strain with rich, malty character and balanced fruitiness. This strain is so flocculant that additional aeration and agitation is needed. An excellent strain for cask-conditioned ales.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 11 - British Bitter

Subcategory: A - Ordinary Bitter

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.037 1.030 - 1.039
Terminal Gravity: 1.009 1.007 - 1.011
Color: 11.4 SRM 8 - 14
Alcohol: 3.6% ABV 3.2% - 3.8%
Bitterness: 61.8 IBU 25 - 35


Tim Etherington

Good Bitter

2017-08-25 2:27am

Wish I could remember what Adnams originally tasted like. This seems familiar and it tastes good. Scaled it down to a three gallon batch and added Irish moss to clarify it. I let it condition in bottles for a week and when I first tasted it, it tasted of burnt marshmallows. Let it sit a few more days and the flavor matured and the bitterness came through.

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