Codename : Westfort Ryetirement Strong Bitterthorpe

The third and final in my Ryetirement series, adding rye to an English style bitter.


  • 1 lb 11 oz Golden Promise pale malt (2.4L)
  • 3 oz Rye malt (3.5L)
  • 2 oz Amber malt (28L)
  • 2 oz Crystal Dark (100L)
  • 1 oz Caramel malt  (30L)
  • 0.20 oz Chinook hops at 30 minutes
  • ¼ tsp Irish Moss (optional) at 15 minutes
  • 0.10 oz Chinook hops at 15 minutes
  • 3 ml Nottingham dry yeast

Vital Stats

BJCP Style : Strong Bitter
Anticipated ABV : 5.4%
Anticipated IBU : 41
Anticipated SRM : 14

Pre-boil SG : 1.043
Original SG : 1.054
Target SG : 1,015
Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 65%

Brew Day

  • If you don’t want to do the mash steps, do the whole mash at 152F for 75 minutes, then skip to the part about lifting the bag out.
  • Prepare 6.2L strike water, 122F. 
  • Add the milled grains to the bag. 
  • Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 15 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 122F.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Calibrate the sonic screwdriver.
  • Raise the temperature to 145F, set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • Raise the temperature to 158F, set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • Lift the bag out of the water, and allow it to drip into the pot. Every bit of sugar that can be extracted will benefit the end ABV.
  • Bring up to a boil, 212F, set the timer for 30 minutes. Add hops Irish moss, as prescribed above.
  • Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
  • Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively.
  • Prepare the yeast mixture.
  • Pitch the yeast to the carboy.
  • Transfer the wort to the carboy, splash the wort around to aerate the contents.
  • Store in a cool dark place for primary fermentation for 14-21 days.

Bottling Day

Brew Notes

  • I have loaned out my grain mill, and have resorted to using a food processor to grind the grain, this has hampered my BHE, adjusted the recipe to 66%
  • Gravity measurements, 1.041 & 1.053. This will give an anticipated ABV 5.3%.
Ferment bitter in carboy for about 10 days.

Brew day : 25-April-2023
Bottling day :