Beer name

Battleship Bitter

Beer type


Beer type

Beer description This recipe is made in a similar style to Adnams Broadside - an Extra Special Bitter brew. Adnams beer dates back almost as far as Coopers, this particular brew commemorates “The battle of Sole Bay” and fits in the BJCP category, (English Pale Ale category 8.C.). The finished beer displays lifted floral and spice aromas layered with orange peel and apricot, mouth filling malt flavours finishing with firm bitterness. Flavour profile
Approx. Alcohol Level:
5.6% ABV
Naturally Carbonated:


Step 1: Mix

In a good sized pot (around 8 litres) bring 500g of Light Dry Malt to the boil in 5 litres of water.

Add the EKG Hop Pellets and boil for 5min.

Then add the Centennial Hop Pellets, remove the pot from the heat, cover and steep for 10mins.

Set the pot in a cold/ice water bath to cool then strain into a fermenting vessel (FV).

Add the English Bitter and remaining Light Malt Extract to the FV, stir to dissolve then top up with cool water to the 20 litre mark and stir thoroughly (don’t be concerned about any lumps of Light Dry Malt as these will dissolve over the course of a few hours).

Check the brew temperature and top up to the 23 litre mark with warm or cold water (refrigerated if necessary) to get as close as possible to 21C.

Sprinkle the dry yeast and fit the lid.


Step 2: Brew

Ferment at 21C and fermentation is complete once the specific gravity is stable over 2 days.

Expected final gravity readings should be in the range of 1008 – 1012.

Step 3: Bottle

Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.

Prime at a reduced rate of 4g per litre (1 carbonation drop per 740ml bottle) and secure the caps.

Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.

Step 4: Enjoy

After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the PET bottles.

Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.

When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.

The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.

Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 5.6% ABV.