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Recipe: Dutchess Ales Duffield Best Bitter

Courtesy of Mike Messenie at cask-centric Dutchess Ales in Wassaic, New York, this homebrew-scale recipe is a pleasantly lush and nuanced take on their original Best Bitter, meant for natural cask-conditioning in a 5.4-gallon (20-liter) “pin.”

Dutchess Ales Jan 15, 2022 - 4 min read

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“Discovering that a standard five-gallon homebrew batch fits snugly in a 5.4-gallon pin was the birth of Dutchess Ales,” Messenie says. “This recipe makes a slightly [drier and hoppier] ale than the ‘classic’ English best bitter, but it certainly fits the mold, as both the U.K. and U.S. brewing industries evolve in this direction.”


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 75%
OG: 1.045
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 33
ABV: 4.6%

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