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British Bitter - Ordinary Bitter


Low gravity, low alcohol levels, and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking session beer. The malt profile can vary in flavor and intensity, but should never override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style

Flavor Profile: Medium to moderately high bitterness. Moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor, typically with an earthy, resiny, fruity, and/or floral character. Low to medium maltiness with a dry finish. The malt profile is typically

Ingredients: Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts. May use a touch of dark malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn, or wheat. English finishing hops are most traditional, but any hops are fair game; if American hops are used, a light touch is required

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Ordinary Bitter Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
2022 ordinary bitter
22 L 3.49% 16.11 1.038 1.011
All Grain 5313
John Smith
5.5 gal 3.21% 35.81 1.034 1.010
Partial Mash 4019
Goose Island Honkers Ale Clone
11 gal 4.3% 29.9 1.047 1.014
All Grain 3358
Bitter
5.5 gal 3.76% 28.8 1.038 1.010
BIAB 3047
Black Sheep Ale clone
23 L 3.93% 26.25 1.039 1.010
All Grain 2281
UK Ordinary Bitter
20 L 3.64% 29.34 1.037 1.010
All Grain 2234
Luddite Ales 2017
500 L 3.77% 35.59 1.037 1.008
All Grain 1982
House Beer
1 gal 4.47% 16.72 1.046 1.012
All Grain 1967
Roger's
23 L 3.94% 20.87 1.039 1.008
BIAB 1957
Manchester Bitter
20 L 4.03% 14.74 1.040 1.009
All Grain 1898

Newest Ordinary Bitter Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Honorable Sin Ordinary Bitter
5.5 gal 3.29% 34.86 1.036 1.011
All Grain 17
Gunsmith
11 gal 3.78% 26.77 1.041 1.012
All Grain 13
Morebeer Extra Special Bitter - kit438
5.25 gal 5.79% 42.64 1.057 1.013
BIAB 21
Morebeer Extra Special Bitter - kit438
5.25 gal 5.07% 42.64 1.050 1.012
BIAB 41
This one time in England
5.5 gal 3.58% 22.97 1.039 1.011
All Grain 15
CML Landlord
23 L 3.72% 47.13 1.037 1.009
BIAB 20
Strong's Landlord
5.5 gal 3.25% 16.8 1.038 1.013
BIAB 11
2023 Brew Day Bitter
11 gal 3.83% 19.14 1.039 1.010
All Grain 94
Alpha
10 L 3.64% 25.64 1.036 1.008
All Grain 48
Red Veloria
26 L 5.17% 36.35 1.049 1.009
All Grain 44

Fermentables Used In Ordinary Bitter Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 511 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 83% 5% - 100%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 75 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 7% 0% - 20%
US - Pale 2-Row 70 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 73% 9% - 100%
United Kingdom - Crystal 60L 69 United Kingdom Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 7% 2% - 25%
United Kingdom - Golden Promise 66 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3°L
37 75% 4% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 65 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 6% 2% - 15%
United Kingdom - Pale 2-Row 57 United Kingdom Grain base malt 2.5°L
38 80% 8% - 100%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 56 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 2% 0% - 22%
Torrified Wheat 53 Adjunct raw 2°L
36 7% 1% - 19%
American - Victory 53 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 7% 0% - 27%

Hops Used In Ordinary Bitter Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 446 5 34% 6% - 100%
Fuggles 275 4.5 34% 4% - 100%
Challenger 155 8.5 35% 1% - 100%
Target 70 11.5 34% 8% - 100%
Styrian Goldings 64 5.5 30% 11% - 80%
Magnum 58 15 28% 2% - 100%
Cascade 57 7 31% 8% - 100%
Kent Goldings 56 5 38% 11% - 100%
Northern Brewer 56 7.8 34% 8% - 100%
Goldings 53 4.5 35% 1% - 100%

Steeping Grains Used In Ordinary Bitter Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Caramel / Crystal 60L 9 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 71% 29% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 7 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 65% 33% - 100%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 6 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 30% 6% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 4 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 45% 14% - 68%
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 4 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 40% 17% - 50%
American - Victory 4 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 30% 13% - 47%
United Kingdom - Cara Malt 4 United Kingdom Grain crystal malt 17.5°L
35 100% 100% - 100%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 3 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 45% 8% - 90%
American - Caramel / Crystal 20L 3 American Grain crystal malt 20°L
35 48% 25% - 60%
United Kingdom - Crystal 60L 3 United Kingdom Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 97% 91% - 100%

Yeasts Used In Ordinary Bitter Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 251 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 65 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Wyeast - London ESB Ale 1968 59 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Very High 69% 64°F 72°F
White Labs - English Ale Yeast WLP002 56 White Labs Ale Medium Very High 66.5% 65°F 68°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 52 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - West Yorkshire 1469 39 Wyeast Ale 0.09 High 69% 64°F 72°F
Wyeast - London Ale III 1318 38 Wyeast Ale 0.1 High 73% 64°F 74°F
Imperial Yeast - A09 Pub 23 Imperial Yeast Ale Very High 69% 64°F 70°F
White Labs - British Ale Yeast WLP005 21 White Labs Ale Medium High 70.5% 65°F 70°F
Danstar - London ESB Yeast 19 Danstar Ale Med-High Low 70% 65°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In Ordinary Bitter Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 150 Water Agt Mash 28% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 76 Water Agt Boil 70% 0% - 100%
Irish Moss 67 Fining Boil 66% 0% - 100%
Epsom Salt 61 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 58 Water Agt Mash 21% 0% - 100%
Lactic acid 41 Water Agt Mash 66% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 31 Water Agt Mash 22% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 25 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 57%
Baking Soda 22 Water Agt Mash 11% 0% - 29%
Wyeast - Beer Nutrient 21 Water Agt Boil 28% 0% - 100%

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