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Dusseldorfer Altbier

Style Parameters:   
OG = 1.044-1.048
FG = 1.008 - 1.014
ABV = 4.5 - 5.0 %
IBU = 28 - 40 (medium to high)
Color = 16 - 19 SRM (dark amber - dark brown)
Body = light - medium
Dusseldorfer Alt should have a distintive bitterness, no hop aroma, no to low hop flavor, no diacetyl.
Malts used: Pale 2-row, Vienna, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black and Wheat.
Hops used: Hallertau, Tettnang, Saaz.

  • This recipe yields 23 liter (6 US gallon).
  • Brew House Honey beer kit. (This kit has an OG of 1.047, 18 IBU, has a pale golden color and is made of Pale and Honey malts and Hallertau Hops.
  • 250 gr Crystal malt L=40.
  • 250 gr Honey malt L=15.
  • 85 gr (3 oz) Chocolate malt.
  • 28 gr (1 oz) Black malt.
  • 2 oz Hallertau (3.7 %).
  • White Labs WLP029 German Ale/Kolsch yeast.
  • 200 gram corn sugar for priming.
  • Crack the grains and steep in 6 liter of water for 30 minutes @ 65 °C.
  • Remove grains and bring to a boil.
  • Add hops and boil for 60 minutes. After boil cool down as quick as possible.
  • Add Brew House beer kit to primary fermenter, add freshly boiled wort and top off with water to the 23 liter mark.
  • Pitch yeast when wort is between 20 - 24 °C.
  • Ferment @ 19 - 21 °C.
  • Rack to secondary when fermentation slows down (± day 5).
  • Move to cold storage (± 4 °C) when fermentation is over and beer starts to clear (± day 14).
  • Lager for 3 - 4 weeks.
  • Bottle with 200 gr priming sugar.
  • Age for 4 weeks in the bottle.
  • OG = 1.050, FG = 1.011, ABV = 5.1 %.

Dusseldorfer Altbier is a style of beer that originated in the Dusseldorf-region of Germany. 
Altbier - which means 'old beer' in German - refers to the period before brewers started to make lager fermented beers. Alt is an ale fermented beer and after fermentation, the beer is lagered (cool stored), leading to a cleaner, crisper beer than is the norm for some other top-fermented beers such as British ales.


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