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Session American Pale Ale

I’m trying to brew a series of session beers that have lots of flavor and lower alcohol. I’ve had good success with the malty styles but I haven’t made a lower gravity APA. I’ve found that high mash temps and relatively high crystal malt percentages make the small beers taste bigger. Does this recipe seem reasonable?

Session Rye Pale Ale
12.00 gal

Ingredients

8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 44.4 %
3 lbs 8.0 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 3 19.4 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 4 11.1 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.9 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 6.9 %
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 7 5.6 %
1 lbs Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 1 5.6 %
35.00 g Magnum [12.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 8 30.6 IBUs
10.00 g Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 9 5.4 IBUs
10.00 g Centennial [8.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 2.1 IBUs
15.00 g Centennial [8.90 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
15.00 g Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
15.00 g Centennial [8.90 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
15.00 g Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
WY1450 Denny’s Favorite 50

Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.040 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Bitterness: 38.0 IBUs
Est Color: 7.8 SRM

that does look good, i would go for it.

I find session APAs to be suprisingly elusive. At first glance, that’s a lot of Honey Malt and a lot of Rye Malt, but with this style, it’s gonna take a few batches to get it where you want it. I agree that you don’t want this finishing too dry.

Looks good! I’ve been wanting to do something very similar, mine omits the wheat and the honey malt though. Don’t fear the rye! I’d probably up it to 4 lbs. I love what it does for body and head retention. If you have the wheat in there for the same purpose then I’d consider removing it and let the rye do it’s thing.

Let us know how it turns out when you brew it.

thats alot of honey crystal and wheat

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