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    Posted: 02 March 2017 at 14:12
NOTE - The recipe in the opening post has gone through some evolution and has been slightly modified. Scroll down for the final version!

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Beer-Craft-Simple-Guide-Making/dp/1605291331/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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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 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:

NOTE - The recipe in the opening post has gone through some evolution and has been slightly modified. Scroll down for the final version!

Amerikanisch
Pale Ale

By TasunkaWitko

1 gallon

OG - 1.052
FG - 1.009
ABV - 5.56%
IBUs - 30.94
SRM - 11.43


Fermentables

1.8 lb American Pale 2-Row Malt (MaltEurope)
0.2 lb American Caramel/Crystal 20L


60-Minute Mash @ 152 degrees

60-Minute Boil


Hops

0.06 oz Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 60 minutes
0.07 oz Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 30 minutes
0.10 oz Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 1 minute


Yeast

Safale S-05 - 1/2 package

I’ll be ordering the ingredients tonight, and hope to brew this beer next week.

I have very little experience with American Pale Ales, so I am looking forward to learning about them. As always, I welcome feedback and suggestions with this - I consider myself to be very much a beginning brewer, and batting ideas around is always good for learning new things. Please feel free to chime in, follow along or otherwise participate in the discussion.

More as it happens, etc. &c....

Ron
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Due to an extremely hot and busy summer, I have not yet brewed this beer. Dusting it off and looking at it again, I've got a couple of ideas that I plan to do to modify it while still keeping it simple and in-line with my goals.

a) I plan to work a bit of Munich in; just enough to give the malts what I hope will be an old-school-ish flavour.

b) I plan to adjust the hops schedule to reflect a modest bittering from Chinook with Cascade primarily for aroma and flavor. Having said that, if anyone has any suggestions on how to let the aroma and flavor of the Chinook hops peek through just a bit (without throwing the beer into a hop-bombed, high-IBU condition), I am all ears. My IBU goal is still to be somewhere between 30 and 31.

I'm adding this link to a profile for Chinook and Cascade hops:

Chinook: https://brooklynbrewshop.com/blogs/themash/hop-profile-chinook

Cascade: https://brooklynbrewshop.com/blogs/themash/hop-profile-cascade-hops

Above all, I want to keep this a simple, no-frills American Pale Ale, so that will be the first consideration.
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Looking through the thread, I see that I have been making things way too complicated; therefore, I am my goal is to simplify this within the parameters of my goals in time for BrewDay.

Here is the label that I created for this beer:



More as it happens, etc. &c....

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Sunday, 18 February, I was - finally! - able to brew this beer. I am up to my neck in a busy week already, so I will keep it short; however, as far as I can tell, everything went very well with the brew and I encountered no difficulties that I can recall.

As soon as I can, I'll post the final recipe that was actually brewed. I'm pretty sure it is the same as the latest one posted here; but just in case it isn't, I'll add it for the record. The only major change that I can think of off the top of my head is that I eliminated the dry-hopping step, as I've tried a couple-three dry-hopped beers and simply wasn't impressed with the result.

Judging by what I saw, smelled and tasted during the brew, I think I've got some great things happening; I'll post more as events develop.

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Okay - as promised, here is the recipe that was actually brewed - nothing fancy, just a good, simple, (hopefully) representative American Pale Ale that takes a bit of my German and Montana heritage into account:

Quote Amerikanisch
American Pale Ale

1 Gallon

OG - 1.051
FG - 1.010
ABV - 5.41%
IBUs - 30.05
SRM - 5.35

29.25 oz. Montana-grown 2-Row
3.25 oz. Avangard Munich (15L)

60-minute mash @ about 154 degrees

60-minute boil

0.1 oz (2.6 g) Cascade Hops (7.25 AA) @ 60 minutes
0.125 oz (3.6 g) Cascade Hops (7.25 AA) @ 20 minutes
0.16 oz (4.6 g) Cascade Hops (7.25 AA) @ 5 minutes

1/2 pkg of Fermentis S-05 yeast


My temperatures have been up and down during this ferment, due to our chaotic weather and environmental factors within the home. We'll see how this turns out, but it currently looks and smells absolutely beautiful.
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I bottled this beer last night. Thanks to some good fortune, I was able to get nine bottles with just enough left over for a small sample. The reason I credit this to good fortune is because one of my older sons did a little bit of unauthorized "sampling" right before I put the beer in to cold-crash.

The sample was great - the beer is a really nice, golden colour, and the aroma of the Cascade hops is about as perfect as one could ask for. There was also some malt character in the aroma as well, and I believe that this Munich malt was an excellent choice.

The beer is not yet carbonated, of course, but I was able to get a pretty good indication of how it will be from tasting the sample. From what I can see, the characteristics I mentioned vis a vis the aroma are going to be much the same in the taste, as well.

I elected not to go overboard with the hops on this, keeping them at 30 IBUs; having said that, it appears that the timing of the hops schedule (in the "recipe" above) worked out to give me exactly what I was hoping for: a beer that isn't an overly-bitter hop bomb, yet has some very nice aroma and flavours reflecting the hops.

Now, the wait begins - early indications are that I did well with this, and that I achieved exactly what I set out to do...but time will tell, for sure!
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I was able to sample this beer on April 5th, and enjoyed it very much:



This is a very good-looking beer, with a beautiful colour; I would prefer just a little more with the head, but it is still very young, so we will see what the future holds in a week or so.

It tastes great, which is what matters most! When I set out to create this beer, I wanted something that was classic and refreshing; not a hop bomb, but well-balanced. I believe that I achieved this here, as the play between the malts and the Cascade hops was wonderful; not too bitter, and not too sweet. This resulted in a refreshing, very drinkable beer that had some really nice malt character. Of the beers we sampled that night, it was by far the favourite.



I'll try to get a little more detail the next time we enjoy this beer, but I'm thinking it is a success on the first try. If anyone wants to give this one a shot, I'd be interested in opinions.
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Here is a photo from 21 April:


It would have been much more clear, except for the fact that I had to drive on about 8 miles of bumpy dirt roads to get where I was, due to local flooding.

This is hands-down a great beer. It's got just enough malt character to be interesting, and just enough hops character to make it refreshing - no more, no less. I have tried several American pale ales since I first embarked on this journey, and at least half of them seem to be hop bombs that are right up there with IPA's; this is not the case here ~ it is well-balanced and simply great. 

The American pale ales that I liked were well-balanced, as well, showing off this or that hop without kicking down any doors. That is what I was going for, and that is thankfully what I got. From what I can see, I reached my goals that I was working for when I started this project; it reflects me, who I am and what I am about - and it is also a very good beer. It looks great, it smells great, it tastes great, and I like it.
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Here is a photo from 11 May -



This beer, with its super-simple grain bill and good balance of refreshing hops, might be one of the best beers I've ever brewed. I am sure that it is the same (or virtually the same) as many, many other APA recipes out there, but it is certainly going to be my "go-to" recipe for this style of beer. Everything about it is good, and the things that I liked about it the first time I tried it seem to have improved a little more with some time in the bottle.

All-around, a great beer - no complaints, and a lot of praise. If you have friends or relatives who are new to home-brewed beer or craft beer, this one will almost surely be enjoyed by them, and might open a door to some new adventures for them.

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