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Amerikanisch Pale Ale

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TasunkaWitko View Drop Down
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    Posted: 07 September 2017 at 12:25

Amerikanisch Pale Ale

My next two brews will include a straight-up American Pale Ale and a straight-up English Pale Ale; this thread is for the American Pale Ale.

This project is inspired by my reading of the book, Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer , which is written specifically for small-batch brewing:

What I really like about this easy-to-read book is how it introduces you to a versatile spectrum of 10 beer styles (pale ale, brown ale, porter, stout, saison, wheat, pilsner, Scottish ale, abbey ale and barleywine), with good descriptions and back-stories to each style. The book also includes basic, no-frills recipes for perfecting the fundamentals of each style (with some suggestions for possible variations) as you progressively learn to become a well-rounded brewer. This, to me, is a stroke of genius, and this brew represents the beginning of my quest to brew my way through those 10 styles, along with a possible variation or two along the way, such as in the case of the Pale Ale (American and English).

My goal for this brew is for a stripped-down, non-complicated American Pale Ale that reflects a few things about me. I am not consciously attempting to duplicate or emulate any commercial beer, but I do want it to conform to the style in general. I want this ale to be a malt-forward beer with good hop flavor and aroma, and a bitterness that is at the low end of the pale ale scale (see what I did there?). My name for the beer (Amerikanisch) is a nod to my German roots, and the pale ale malt that I will be brewing with comes from Montana. My chosen hops (Chinook) pay homage to my hometown.

Here is the recipe that I have come up with, following the guidelines in the book for a basic Pale Ale:

Quote Amerikanisch Pale Ale
1 gallon
OG - 10.51
FG - 10.09
ABV - 5.55%
IBUs - 30.58
SRM - 5.80

1.8 lb American Pale 2-Row Malt (MaltEurope) (90.0%)
0.1 lb American Caramel/Crystal 20L (5.0%)
0.1 lb American Munich 20L (5.0%)

60-Minute Mash @ ~152 degrees
60-Minute Boil

2.0 grams Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 60 minutes
2.0 grams Cascade Hops (7.25% AA) @ 30 minutes
3.0 grams Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 1 minute
3.0 grams Cascade Hops (7.25% AA) @ 1 minute

Safale S-05 - 1/2 package
This seems non-complicated and it conforms, as far as I can see and from what I have read of BCJP, to what an American Pale Ale should be. It reflects my German heritage, Montana background, and the combination of my hometown (Chinook, Montana) and my wife's home county (Cascade, Montana). The Chinook/Cascade combination has been described as a good one, and the hops are - I hope - in good proportion to each other. The IBUs are within my goal, and it looks like this will be just a bit (but not overly) malty, which is what I want.
I tried a couple of "Mountain Pale Ales" over the summer - one was a special issue from Ranier. They were good, but to my opinion a bit lacking. This recipe hopefully goes with that "mountain ale" concept, but improves on the commercial offerings that I've tried.
I might play with the hops schedule a bit, but unless there are any huge, glaring errors, I'll go with the above. At best, I've got a good thing here; at worst, I'll need to tweak it a bit.

Edited by TasunkaWitko - 07 September 2017 at 12:25
TasunkaWitko - Chinook, Montana

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