Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Classic American Pale Ale

Today I finally had time to brew another grain/malt extract beer. Since the summer is starting, I want to try and improve my skills with light coloured beer.


  • 3 kg (6.5 lbs) Light Malt Extract
  • 225 g (0.5 lbs) Crystal Malt
  • 70 g (2.5 oz) Willamette Hop Pellets (boiling hops)
  • 28 g (1 oz) Cascade Hop Pellets (finishing hops)
  • American Ale yeast


  • Soaked Crystal Malt Extract in approximately 4 litres of water until water boiled.
  • Removed Crystal Malt Extract and added Malt Extract.
  • Brought to a boil and added boiling hops.
  • Boiled for 36 minutes then removed boiling hops and added finishing hops.
  • Mixed with approximately 17 litres (4.5 gallons) spring water.
  • Topped mixture with extra spring water to bring to approx. 22 litres.
  • Temperature was approximately 29ºC (84ºF) too hot to take O.G. reading and pitch yeast so put pail outside to speed up cooling down to at least 24ºC (75ºF).
  • O.G. Reading was 1.040 at 25ºC (77ºF)
  • Pitched yeast.


  • Primed beer with 50% dextrose and 50% light dry malt extract.
  • Bottled the beer.
  • F.G. Reading was 1.006 at 25ºC (77ºF) Estimated Alcohol Content: 4.8% to 5%.
  • Stored beer @ 25ºC (77ºF) for 2 - 5 days before moving down to cooler cellar.
  • Was too excited to wait for the beer to mature so opened two bottles, beer tasted very light and smooth.
  • Overall am satisfied with this beer, but there is room for more improvement.
  • Probably will move bottles down to cellar on 07.04.23.


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