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Old 04-02-2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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What kind of flavors would mix well with a Pale Ale. So here is what is going on. My friend loves pale ales, and I was telling him I just bought a kit to make one. He basically told me he is going to be rough when he tries my beer. So I want to prove him wrong and shut him up, but I don't think working with just the kit would do it. So what could I add into a pale ale to make it just a little better? Thanks

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Old 04-02-2009, 03:52 AM   #2
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Kit should work fine. Following procedure and conditioning right will get you something that drops his jaw.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:08 PM   #3
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Do everything in your power to control the fermentation temperature. That seems to be one of the most problematic issues with making a great beer.

Research here about temperature control techniques: old t-shirt method, frozen soda bottles, ....

the list is nearly endless.

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Do everything in your power to control the fermentation temperature. That seems to be one of the most problematic issues with making a great beer.

Research here about temperature control techniques: old t-shirt method, frozen soda bottles, ....

the list is nearly endless.

good luck
+ 1 on the fermentation temp control.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #5
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I completely agree on the temperature issue. Pales are about simplicity really, stick with the kit unless it gives you options in the instructions to "upgrade" - things like dry hopping, for instance. I wouldn't try to dry hop without knowing what hops the kit itself uses though. Also, is it a kit that comes with a can and requires you to add sugar? If so, you could try replacing the sugar with light dry malt extract from a homebrew shop.

EDIT: Also, conditioning is always a fine idea. These thing only get better with age. Make sure it gets at least six weeks from brew day to drinkies day.

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So what could I add into a pale ale to make it just a little better?
Dry hops come to my mind but the balance of a Pale Ale is difficult to get just right. Sticking with the kit's recipe is probably best. Without knowing the recipe no one can tell you what to add.
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Yeast will be a big player,IMO. Make sure it's a clean fermenting yeast like, Wyeast 1056,WLP001 or something similar. I think Nottingham is a favorite for Dry Yeast.

Out of curiousity, what is the ingredient list of the kit?

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here is the link for the site where I purchased it from. I did purchase it with Wyeast Activator though.

Amarillo Pale Ale w/Munton's 6 gm dry yeast :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies

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here is the link for the site where I purchased it from. I did purchase it with Wyeast Activator though.

Amarillo Pale Ale w/Munton's 6 gm dry yeast :: Midwest Supplies Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies
That looks pretty good, just stick to it and should come out pretty nice.
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That's a pretty solid kit, I wouldn't worry about changing anything!

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