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Old 01-05-2011, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default American Pale Ale recipe (my first recipe)

I didn't get much of a response on the beginner's forum, so I'm cross-posting here. Sorry if you had to read this twice, but I'd really love some feedback...

I have created my first recipe. I'm making an American Pale Ale. My goal is average gravity and bitterness for the style, but with a high level of citrus aroma and flavor. If you have ever tried Widmer Drifter, I want this to be somewhat similar. This is a mini-mash brew. Apologies if I should have posted this elsewhere, but I figure I'm still a beginner, so...

Any feedback would be appreciated. Be gentle!


Et Tu, Brew?
10-A American Pale Ale
Author: Michael Hochman
Date: 12/21/10

Size: 5.4 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 168.33 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.051 (1.045 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.013 (1.010 - 1.015)
Color: 8.3 (5.0 - 14.0)
Alcohol: 4.97% (4.5% - 6.2%)
Bitterness: 38.9 (30.0 - 45.0)

Ingredients:
3 lb American 2-row (Mini Mash)
5 oz Cara-Pils® Malt (Mini Mash)
10 oz Caramel Malt 40L (Mini Mash)
2.0 lb Dry Light Extract (Full Boil)
2.0 lb Dry Light Extract - added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
1.0 oz Willamette (5.0%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 oz Summit (17.0%) - steeped after boil
1.0 ea WYeast 1272 American Ale II
1.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 oz Summit (17.0%) - added dry to secondary fermenter


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Looks good to me, looks like it'll be light bodied with a hop focus.

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Exactly, this recipe is really intricate in the hop aromas. Great for hop lovers. The malt profile is quite subdued; you'll have to search for it under all those hops, but what is there should be pretty well-balanced in flavor.

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Exactly, this recipe is really intricate in the hop aromas. Great for hop lovers. The malt profile is quite subdued; you'll have to search for it under all those hops, but what is there should be pretty well-balanced in flavor.
I had debated adding a 1/2 pound or full pound of Vienna malt to add a touch more complexity and balance. Maybe I'll go back to that idea.
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I had debated adding a 1/2 pound or full pound of Vienna malt to add a touch more complexity and balance. Maybe I'll go back to that idea.
I usually put a pound of Munich or Vienna in my PAs and IPAs (all-grain). Really adds some nice body and complexity. Definitely add or substitute a pound of either.
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I agree.

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Alright, so here is my revised recipe. As suggested, a bit more complexity, due to Vienna Malt in the mash. I switched to different software after I realized the other wasn't taking into account hop pellets. As a result, I've increased the initial Cascade addition to a full ounce. The numbers are a little different than above, but still within style.


Recipe: Et Tu, Brew?
Style: 10A-American Ale-American Pale Ale

Recipe Overview

Wort Volume Before Boil: 3.00 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 2.50 US gals
Volume Transferred: 2.40 US gals
Water Added: 2.88 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.28 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.038 SG
Expected OG: 1.053 SG
Expected FG: 1.013 SG
Expected ABV: 5.3 %
Expected ABW: 4.1 %
Expected IBU (using Rager): 35.1
Expected Color: 7.6 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 74.0 %
Mash Efficiency: 75.0 %
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 64 degF

Fermentables
US 2-Row Malt 2.00 lb (24.1 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Caramel 40L Malt 1.00 lb (12.0 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Vienna Malt 1.00 lb (12.0 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Carapils Malt 0.31 lb (3.8 %) In Mash/Steeped
Extract - Light Dried Malt Extract 2.00 lb (24.1 %) Start Of Boil
Extract - Light Dried Malt Extract 2.00 lb (24.1 %) End Of Boil

Hops
US Cascade (4.5 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 60 Min From End
US Cascade (4.5 % alpha) 0.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 30 Min From End
US Willamette (4.5 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
US Amarillo (5.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 15 Min From End
US Summit (18.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off
US Amarillo (5.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped
US Summit (18.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used Dry-Hopped

Yeast: Wyeast 1272-American Ale II

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Extract with Mini-mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (68C/154F)
Step: Rest at 154 degF for 60 mins


Thanks to all who contributed. I'm very excited (and I certainly welcome additional notes).

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Any reason for the 15 minute additions? You will boil off most of the flavor, all of the aroma, and won't get much ibu out of them. I would probably switch them to a five minute addition.

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Any reason for the 15 minute additions? You will boil off most of the flavor, all of the aroma, and won't get much ibu out of them. I would probably switch them to a five minute addition.
That's exactly the kind of feedback I need. I didn't realize and will definitely make the change.
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I don't Know what's up with software being so different, but my ibu's and ibu ratio seemed low. I've adjusted the second cascade addition to a full ounce and that looks better. I'll adjust as needed when I see the actual alphas of what I receive. Alright, getting ingredients today.

Thanks so much, everyone.

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