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All grain recipe kit for Sussex Bitter clone beer. This is a traditional English best bitter that is highly drinkable.


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-This recipe Does Not Include Yeast-

Sussex Best is the most famous beer of this old English brewery, a superbly balanced bitter with prominent hop character. The brew evolved over decades, satisfying the expectations of the people of Sussex and its adjoining counties. Finest Maris Otter malted barley is supplemented with a dash of Crystal malt for balance. Their hops are a blend of four different local whole varieties, to give a distinctive traditional hoppy finish.



Crisp Extra Pale Maris Otter (3500 grams)
Crisp Dark Crystal Malt (272 grams)
Crisp Flaked Maize (204 grams)
Oat Husks (500 grams)
Progress 100g Whole Hops (1 packs)
Bramling Cross Pellets (26 grams)
Fuggles Pellets (15 grams)
East Kent Goldings ( GOLDINGS ) Pellets (15 grams)


Beer Style (main): British Ales
Beer Style (sub): Special Bitter or Best Bitter
Batch Size: 23
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.008
ABV %: 4.0
IBU: 35

Temperature °C: 68
Length (mins): 60
Out temp °C: 77
Out time (mins): 10

Boil time (mins): 90

Additions and timing:

26 g, Progress, ≈6.3% AA, 60 minutes
26 g, Bramling Cross, ≈6.5% AA, 30 minutes
15 g, Fuggles, ≈5% AA, at flame-out, steep until cooled
15 g, Goldings, ≈5% AA, at flame-out, steep until cooled

Secondary additions and timing:


Yeast: Sussex yeast if possible, this can be harvest and grown from Harveys Stout or see list of varieties to try
Fermentation temperature/steps: Ferment at 17c and it should end at 1.008.


-This recipe Does Not Include Yeast-

Yeast: it seems a lot of people have been growing up yeast from the actual beer as its a key ingredient to deliver a true flavour. The origin of the yeast is supposedly Tadcaster, but it has been used constantly over 50 years to develop into what it is today.
Otherwise you could use WLP017 (Whitbread strain) or WLP002 (fullers strain) and WLP005 (Ringwood strain), or try using Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire or WLP037 Yorkshire Square, Bedford or other traditional English strains.

Additional information

Weight 4.632 kg

1 review for SUSSEX BEST BITTER Clone

  1. Paul Cartwright (verified owner)

    Love this recipe, I have been using Safale S-04 yeast and the taste and clarity is really good in my opinion.

    • Martin Rake (verified owner)

      I’ve just brewed a batch using the new Verdant IPA yeast, thats turned out really good. Leaves a slight malty sweetness to it. Thats what I love about this kit that you can try it out with so many great yeasts.

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