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Pale Ale Recipe

I’m looking for a Pale Ale Recipe to take to my Granddaughter’s wedding. All grain, mildly bitter, well balanced. The folks requesting it enjoy craft beer, it will be kegged. thank you

This finishes at 6.3% for me, but I always get asked to make this one.

11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 91.7 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.3 %
0.5 oz Chinook [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 17.2 IBUs
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 4 6.5 IBUs
0.5 oz Chinook [11.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 13.2 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 4.2 IBUs
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 1.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [2000.00 ml] Yeast 9 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days)

[quote=“Birdstop”]This finishes at 6.3% for me, but I always get asked to make this one.

11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 91.7 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 8.3 %
0.5 oz Chinook [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 17.2 IBUs
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 4 6.5 IBUs
0.5 oz Chinook [11.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 13.2 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 4.2 IBUs
0.5 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 1.7 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [2000.00 ml] Yeast 9 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days)[/quote]

Above seems more than “mildly” bittered to me…but then I’m a hop wussy. what is the final IBUs on this?

It is only an ounce of chinook and a1.5 ounces of cascade. IBU’s look like they add up to 40(ish).I don’t know how you would make a pale ale without 2-3 ounces of hops. I would say this would be mildly bitter.

One hop I like to use for bittering is Magnum because it tends to be very clean and less distinctive if you are trying for something that avoids the overpowering flavors of some hops.

Amarillo/simcoe is a great combo

I also brew a regular APA with Centennial bittering, Cascade flavor/flame out, Citra dry hop that goes over very well.

I think the 9-12 pounds of 2 row and a pound of caramel/crystal is pretty standard for the grain bill depending on your efficiency.

american ale yeast or american II or Cal. ale also pretty standard.

I would keep it relatively simple and 3-4 oz. hops depending on when you add them/dry hop, etc.

Saturday I bottled a batch of pale ale that was bittered with aurora, FWHed with glacier and late hopped with glacier. It was very nicely hopped without being aggresive like some chinook/cascades beers are.

I really like this recipe:
2-row 82%
Munich 10 8%
C10 5%
C20 5%

1.3 oz Galena @ 60 mins
1 oz Cascade @ 0 mins
Dry Hop with 2.5 oz Cascade for 7 days after fermentation slows
Package and drink ASAP

This is a real crowd pleaser and almost too drinkable. I think IBUs are in the 20-30 range and a very simple brew, mash around 150-152 and ferment out with an american ale yeast, my favorite yeast on this is either one packet of US-05 or a 2L starter of WLP 090.

Try and get the best quality cascade you can find.

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