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Special Red Bitter

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Special Red Bitter

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Beer Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)  (8C)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)


Color is deep red bordering on copper. Good hop aroma and nose from Cascade dry hops. Strong caramel flavor, lot of crystal malt, but medium body. Tastes awesome, but not super filling. This is my house ale. Always have a keg on tap.


  • 8 lbs. 2 row pale malt or pale ale malt
  • 1 lb. 60L crystal
  • 1 lb. 80L crystal
  • 1 oz. Amarillo hops 9.0 alpha (60 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz. Cascade hops 7.0 alpha(20 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz. Cascade hops 7.0 alpha (flameout)
  • 0.25 oz. Cascade hops (dry)
  • Ale yeast. I use Safale - 04 dry. Never had a problem.

Additional Instructions

Primary Ferment: 7 days
Secondary Ferment: 7 days

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol by Vol: 4.71%
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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Single step infusion mash for 60 minutes @ 150 - 155 F

Increase temperature to 170 F over 20 minutes

Mashout @ 170 F for 10 minutes

Sparge as you wish. I batch sparge which probably cuts the extraction a little, but I do keep the water level above the grains for most of the sparege time.

Boil for 60 minutes.

Cool to pitching temp ~ 70-75 F


I force corbonate at 20 lbs. for 3 days, giving it a shake every once in a while.

Ready to drink a week after kegging.