Monday, September 21, 2009

Better Than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

I like to make sure that a part of my personal beer inventory is five or ten gallons of my American pale ale. I've tweaked this recipe into submission over the years and am satisfied with brewing it the same with each batch now. I am not apposed to using alternate hops, depending on what I have in stock at the time brew day arrives but I will try to stick with the type that have the characteristic citrus flavor and aroma like Cascade, Centennial and Sorachi Ace. This recipe has a round malt character and full mouth feel with a mid to high balance of bitterness to malt ratio that suits my palate and has a moderate enough alcohol level so that I can comfortably enjoy several pints and still be able to beat Susan at cribbage. Enjoy.

Trout Gulch Pale Ale

  • 10 gal. all-grain (after boil volume is 10.5 gal.)
  • efficiency - 80%
  • attenuation - 80%
  • abv - 6%
  • srm - 12
  • IBU's - 36
  • O.G. - 1.056
  • F.G. - 1.010

Mash in 150f. for 60 min. with

  1. 19 lb. 2-row
  2. 1 lb. aromatic
  3. 1 lb. carapils
  4. 8 oz. Crystal #60

Boil for 60 min. with

  1. 1.25 oz. Sorachi Ace @ 11aa - 60min. (27 ibu's)
  2. 1.5 oz. Cascade @ 7 aa - 15min. (9 ibu's) include fining's here\
  3. 1 oz. cascade @ 7aa - 1 min (- ibu's)

Pitch 2 pkgs of US-05 dry ale yeast and ferment to completion at 65f.

Do you have a standard pale ale recipe? Leave a comment.


Susan said...

After several pints I imagine you will believe anything, honey.

Glen F said...

5 gallon batch
10 lbs. Marris Otter
1 lb. Carastan 33L (Crystal 40 would be fine)

1oz Cascade 60 min
1.5oz Willamette 15 min
1.5oz Cascade 15min
2oz Cascade Dry-Hop for 10 days

Mash 154 F 60 mins
75% efficiency
sg: 1.060
fg: 1.015

Simple pale ale that has incredible aroma of floral and citrus with a solid malt balance that's not to sweet. My best beer yet!

Beer Diary... said...

thanks for the recipe, looks simple but delicious.

Jbrooks said...

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the aromatic 1 pound grain ingredient ? Thanks

Beer Diary... said...

Hello JBrooks,
I find that aromatic adds an added dimension of maltiness (sort of like lightly toasted white bread)that I enjoy. Next time you're at your homebrew store, taste some of this grain and see if it is to your liking. Cheers!

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