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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:

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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After some discussion, brain-storming and hashing around of ideas and concepts, I have modified the above recipe a little here is the final version that I will be attempting:

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Amerikanisch
Pale Ale

By TasunkaWitko

1 gallon

OG - 1.055
FG - 1.010
ABV - 5.99%
IBUs - 30.32
SRM - 5.44


Fermentables

2.0 lb American Pale 2-Row Malt (MaltEurope) (93.0%)
0.15 lb American Caramel/Crystal 20L (7.0%)


60-Minute Mash @ ~152 degrees

60-Minute Boil


Hops

2.0 grams Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 60 minutes
2.5 grams Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 15 minutes
3.0 grams Chinook Hops (14.1% AA) @ 1 minute


Yeast

Safale S-05


My plan is to order any needed ingredients this coming Friday, and then brew this beer sometime during the week of 19-25 March.

If you're interested in seeing the discussion on how this recipe evolved, you can click here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=621335

That's it for now...we'll see how it goes!

Ron
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I placed my order for the ingredients to brew this beer on Friday - I am expecting to brew this sometime during the week of 19-25 March.

I decided to stick simply with the Caramel 20, so that I can stick with my no frills goal. I have Munich and Vienna, and like them both, but I've never really seen what Caramel 20 can do, so now's the time.

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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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Here's the current (dare I say final) plan for this, barring any huge mistakes:

Quote Amerikanisch Pale Ale

All-Grain
1 gallon

OG - 10.51
FG - 10.09
ABV - 5.55%
IBUs - 30.58
SRM - 5.80


Fermentables

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


Hops

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


Yeast

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.

Unless there are any huge, glaring errors, I'll go with it. At best, I've got a good thing here; at worst, I'll need to tweak it a bit.
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