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Old 01-17-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default Pale Ale Recipe - First Attempt

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I'm trying to put together a pale ale recipe, quite a punchy one...American style, quite hoppy. Bordering on an IPA style beer.

(i wanted to brew an IPA, but most my friends find it too bitter).

I don't know how to export text from beersmith, so here are some screenshots.

Would appreciate some input. Plan to brew this, or a revised version thereof tomorrow.


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Old 01-17-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/drun...ow-ipa-375896/

this one was a personal recipe, it's an english ipa, so it's pretty much an ipa but less hoppy than american styles.

as for your recipe there, there isn't a weight on the pale malt or the wheat? how much is there? this is for 5 gallons right?
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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thanks - will take a look at that ipa now.

the weight is on the left in KG.

the pale malt is 4.8kg and the wheat is 120grams.

it's a 23 litre batch. so 6.07 gallons....

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ha, i see now, i was looking at the right side for the weights.

also, ibu calculations or not, i think it will be ipa bitter with that amount of hops. looks delicious though. let me know how it turns out. i didn't even like ipa's personally, until i brewed one.

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thanks for the input.

I wanted to brew this tomorrow, but the brew shop that stocks american hops is closed on a Friday!! didn't realise that.

So i either have to wait, or make substitutes.. :-(

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I was thinking about making this little change...

lowering the initial summit addition and adding a little summit at 10 mins.



The final IBU's stay about the same

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just be sure to check the alpha acids on the hops, otherwise it won't come out how beersmith thinks if they don't match. dropping the amount at the beginning will make the taste less bitter, and at the end affect the smell more. which i'm sure you've discovered by now. i didn't realize summit was so high in acid. i favor columbus lately, esp for pale ales.

i've never used beersmith, looks like i might try them out. i use a brewer's friend app, and brewaide.

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yeah, i've been doing so.

been keeping my inventory in beersmith and entering the exact alpha acidity of the hops im using.

i know that shifting the hops to later in the boil will contribute more to the aroma and flavour ( thats why i wanted a little of the summit in there ) as opposed to using it purely for bittering.

I've done one ale predominantly with summit, still fermenting though - keen to try it!

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the first hop schedule gives me 40.7 in beersmith, the revised one is 40.8 ( with the later summit addition) - so pretty much the same thing

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My only comment is on the variety of malts you are using. Most Pale Ales are a simple pale base malt with a caramel/crystal type malt for body, head retention and color. By keeping it simple the flavor profile is more toward the hops, not bitterness but hop flavor and aroma. If you want a balance of hop flavor with malt flavor than by all means try that recipe as it does sound good.

My favorite recipe is a simple pale ale using 2-row pale and Crystal 60 with a about 5% vienna 1.049 OG, 38 IBU's, 5.0% ABV. using Cascade finishing and dry hop. It is extremely drinkable yet pleasing to even beer snobs who want some real taste in their beer.

You can't really go wrong with a good pale ale style, love this stuff!

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