Recipe: Dutchess Alice Duffield’s Best Bitter

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Courtesy of Mike Messenie at Dutchess Ales who focuses on mineral kegs in Wassaic, New York, this homemade recipe is a lush, subtle recipe on the original Best Bitter, intended for conditioning natural kegs in a 5.4-gallon (20-liter) “pin.”

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“Finding out that a standard 5-gallon beer group that fits snugly in a 5.4-gallon pin was the birth of Duchess Alice,” says Messini. “This recipe makes it a little bit [drier and hoppier] Better than “classic” English, but it certainly fits the mold, as the UK and US brewing industries are developing in this direction. ”

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batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
beer efficiency: 75%
And: 1.045
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 33
ABV: 4.6%

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