This english pale ale is the first beer I’ve brewed since moving, and I’m very happy to get back into the hobby! I brewed this with my buddy, Chris, and had a great time doing it. It was definitely one of those low-stress, easy brew days. It’s a simple recipe that I think could be great with just a few tweaks, and a bit more time in the fermentor.
I rushed this beer a bit, as I was wanting to have a beer ready for a housewarming party we were having two weeks after the brew day (that was my first mistake). I wanted an easy drinking, light ale with the floral flavor and aroma of fuggle hops. However, my local homebrew store was out of fuggle hops, so I improvised (second mistake).
Oh, well! You can’t win ’em all, right? Here’s the recipe:
English Pale Ale
Brew date: 11/1/2015
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gal
*Note: I think my refractometer needs calibration. OG and FG readings should have been 1.040 and 1.010, respectively. Calculated AVB is in line with 70% expected efficiency.
Fermentables (% of GUs contributed):
100% Maris Otter — 8 lbs.
0.75 oz. – East Kent Golding – pellet, AA: 6.3% (60 min)
0.75 oz. – Willamette – pellet, AA: 6.0% (60 min)
0.25 oz. – East Kent Golding – pellet, AA: 6.3% (15 min)
0.25 oz. – Willamette – pellet, AA: 6.0% (15 min)
Finings & Other Ingredients:
Mash at 154F for 60 minutes. Mash out, lauter, and batch sparge to collect about 5 gallons of wort. Boil for 60 minutes. Cool and pitch yeast and ferment at optimum temperature for two to four weeks. Bottle or keg condition, and enjoy while fresh.
Aroma – Light and sweet malt aroma. Spicy and floral tones from the aroma hops.
Appearance – Pale and golden. Not quite clear, as a slight haze is present. Looks natural and un-filtered.
Flavor – Grain and mealy malt notes; quickly covered by spicy, floral hop notes. Finishes dry with a slight sweetness. Moderate diacetyl tones from a quick fermentation; slight buttery flavor, similar to an un-oaked chardonnay.
Mouthfeel – Thin and dry.
Overall Impression – This one’s okay… I think the quick fermentation along with the mixed hops was too confusing on the palate. Would want to just use fuggle hops next time.