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English Strong Bitter is often referred to as English Pale Ale or Extra Special Bitters. It is characterised by a firm bitterness (often falling in the range of 30 to 50 IBUs), however it should not overpower the malt. Balance is important and most examples range from balanced to moderately bitter.

It should have a moderate hoppy flavour and aroma, with a complex malt and yeast character. It is common for caramel/crystal malts to be used.

The ATF ESB has a complex malt flavour and aroma consisting of a malty biscuity base with layers of light to dark caramel flavours. In the background are delicate fruity esters provided by the yeast.

The hopping provides a firm bitterness that nicely balances the malt character along with a pleasant resinous, citrusy, herbal flavour and aroma with a spicy undertone. Whilst the hop flavours and aromas are apparent, they do not dominate.

The beer has a full, almost silky mouthfeel, that finishes moderately dry.

Yeast is not included in the kit. We recommend using Mangrove Jack's Liberty Bell Yeast, or you could also try Lallemand London Yeast.

Selecting the yeast from the dropdown box above will add one packet to your cart. Please click the + symbol beside the amount to increase this to the recommended quantity for the batch size.

Please note the Lallemand London ESB Yeast is not able to utilise maltotriose, which may result in lower attenuation, and a fuller mouthful with some residual sweetness. It is important to follow the mash instructions to achieve a fermentable wort with a lower percentage of maltotriose in order to avoid a high finishing gravity.

The Details

24 L Batch

48 L Batch

Pre-boil Volume @ 100

28.5 L

54 L

Assumed Boil off rate per hour

3.5 L

4 L

Post Boil Kettle Volume @ 20

24 L

48 L

Post Boil Efficiency



Target Original Gravity



Target Final Gravity






Colour (SRM)



IBU Calculated



Packets of recommended yeast - MJ Liberty Bell



Packets of recommended yeast - Lallemand London



This kit contains:

Detailed recipe and instructions.

Grain (milled or unmilled)

  • Ale
  • Light Crystal
  • Medium Crystal
  • Dark Crystal


  • Green Bullet
  • Pacifica
  • NZ Willamette

Brewing salts (if required)

Please select the source water you will be using to receive the correct salts. The target water profile is provided for brewers using another source water so that the correct mineral/acid additions can be calculated to achieve the target water profile and mash pH. Brewing salts and lactic acid can be purchased here.

Kettle Finings

  • Brewers Carageenan

Yeast Nutrient

  • Yeast Vit


    This kit is only put together when ordered. All hops are kept vacuumed sealed and refrigerated. Yeast is also kept refrigerated.