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Englisch Pale Ale

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TasunkaWitko View Drop Down
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    Posted: 07 September 2017 at 14:36

Englisch 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 English 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 (English and American).

My goal for this brew is for a stripped-down, non-complicated English Pale 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 (Englisch) is a nod to my German roots, and the Maris Otter malt that I will be using is one that I have really come to admire. My chosen hops (Fuggle) were the hops that I used in the first beer that I ever brewed, and their characteristic flavour and aroma remain among my very favourites.

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

Quote Englisch Pale Ale

1 gallon

OG - 1.053
FG - 1.012
ABV - 5.37%
IBUs - 35.90
SRM - 8.28


1.9 lb Maris Otter (94.9%)
0.1 lb Carastan 30/37L (4.9%)
0.05 oz. (1.42g) Simpson's Black Patent (0.2%)

60-Minute Mash @ 150 degrees

60-Minute Boil


6g Fuggle hops (5.9% AA) @ 60 minutes
5g Fuggle hops (5.9% AA) @ 15 minutes


Safale S-04

Dry Hop

2g Fuggle Hops (5.9% AA) for up to 7 days after 7 days in primary.

This recipe is coming about thanks to some input from a couple of great folks in the UK, who were invaluable in the process. They are reasonably confident that, using this recipe, I will get a very good representation of a traditional English Pale Ale that would be fairly recognizable over there.

We'll see how it goes....


Edited by TasunkaWitko - 07 September 2017 at 16:30
TasunkaWitko - Chinook, Montana

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