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Old 04-10-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Can anyone suggest a good, sessionable pale ale or IPA recipe that is also an extract recipe? Thanks

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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My first batch was a sierra nevada pale ale clone from midwestsupplies.com. I was very happy with it. My OG came out lower than the real deal, but it was a great session beer. Maybe check out biermunchers blonde ale and double the hops. I am sure someone has converted the AG recipe to extract. I tried this blonde ale, but if I did it again I would double the hops for my taste.

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:09 AM   #3
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Hmmm, have you tried the recipes section?

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How "big" do you want to go for this sessionable beer? That makes a difference, because it's really hard (at least for me) to make a great IPA with less than about 5.25% alcohol. That's been my holy grail of brewing for about the last 5 or 6 years!

I've come close, but never nailed it and thought "That's it! That's perfect!"

A couple of keys: start with just enough malt to get to your desired ABV, and enough IBUs to keep it from being too sweet; use lots of late hops, but not harsh hops; balance the hops/malt more to hops (for the hoppy beer) but not too much because if you're going with a lower OG IPA, then the malt needs to have to a "backbone" and consider using Munich malt (either LME or in a partial mash); Don't use much crystal malt (if any at all), but instead use come character malts for your specialty grains; use an attenuative yeast strain so the beer finishes dry and "clean", and keep fermentation temperatures under control.

Besides that, if you want to let us know what ABV you're thinking of, I'm sure we could come up with a recipe or at least a really good start on one! Also, what kind of APA/IPA you'd like (big citrusy hops? earthy hops? Piney and dank? etc) will help us formulate something, or give you one of our recipes.

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Are you familiar w/Butternuts Beer and Ale's Porkslap Pale ale? It comes in at 4.3%ABV. In that neighborhood would be great but your number is fine. I really like big citrusy hop profile. I recently made a Citra Pale ale , dry-hopped w/ Mosaic and LOVE it. If I could make a lower ABV version of it I would love it. I am looking to have my favorite type of beer easier to enjoy as a session beer for the summer. I've only made 3 5 gal batches so far and they have come out really nice. The CPA is by far my favorite!. All have used DME and specialty grains. I' haven't done partial mash, so I would need some guidance if that were the way I needed to go.Thank's for your input!!!

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Are you familiar w/Butternuts Beer and Ale's Porkslap Pale ale? It comes in at 4.3%ABV. In that neighborhood would be great but your number is fine. I really like big citrusy hop profile. I recently made a Citra Pale ale , dry-hopped w/ Mosaic and LOVE it. If I could make a lower ABV version of it I would love it. I am looking to have my favorite type of beer easier to enjoy as a session beer for the summer. I've only made 3 5 gal batches so far and they have come out really nice. The CPA is by far my favorite!. All have used DME and specialty grains. I' haven't done partial mash, so I would need some guidance if that were the way I needed to go.Thank's for your input!!!
I don't know those beers, I'm afraid! But I've done some 4.5% APAs with good results.

Maybe if you post that recipe you like so much, we could help you lower the ABV but keep the recipe basically the same. I'd be willing to try, at least!
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5.5 gal h2o
8oz 10l Crystal, crushed pre-boil
8oz 20l Crystal, crushed pre-boil
8oz Victory, crushed pre-boil
8oz CaraMunich, crushed
7# light DME boiled 65 min.
2oz Magnum hops 60 minutes boil
.5oz Citra hops 20 min.
.5oz Citra hops 15 min
1 tsp irish moss 15 min
.5oz Citra hops 10 min
.5oz Citra hops 5 min
1oz Citra hops @ flame -out
1 Safale s-04 yeast
3oz Mosaic hops added day 7 of fermentation period

SG 1.075
FG 1.021
Target ABV 7.5A%
IBU's 150

Racked to secondary on day 14 to aid in clearing the beer.

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I'm curious. Wouldn't you pre-crush all your grains before mashing???

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5.5 gal h2o
8oz 10l Crystal, crushed pre-boil
8oz 20l Crystal, crushed pre-boil
8oz Victory, crushed pre-boil
8oz CaraMunich, crushed
7# light DME boiled 65 min.
2oz Magnum hops 60 minutes boil
.5oz Citra hops 20 min.
.5oz Citra hops 15 min
1 tsp irish moss 15 min
.5oz Citra hops 10 min
.5oz Citra hops 5 min
1oz Citra hops @ flame -out
1 Safale s-04 yeast
3oz Mosaic hops added day 7 of fermentation period

SG 1.075
FG 1.021
Target ABV 7.5A%
IBU's 150

Racked to secondary on day 14 to aid in clearing the beer.
Ok, what I would do is to keep all the hops the same EXCEPT for the magnum. Reduce the magnum and lower the amount of DME and cut some of the crystal/cara malts.

I come up with this:
8oz Victory
8oz CaraMunich
2# light DME
3# light DME (at flame out)
.50 oz Magnum hops 60 minutes
.5oz Citra hops 20 min.
.5oz Citra hops 15 min
1 tsp irish moss 15 min
.5oz Citra hops 10 min
.5oz Citra hops 5 min
1oz Citra hops @ flame -out
S05 yeast (Or wlp001)
dryhop with mosaic hops (2-3 ounces) 5-7 days before packaging

OG of 1.045
Fg of 1.010ish
4.6% ABV

This should give you lots of hops aroma and flavor, very similar to the original, but with lower alcohol. It won't be the same, but it will be close and sessionable.
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You're AWESOME Yooper!! I am definitely try this in the near future. When I do I will post w/ results! Thank you very much! This could be the begining of a great summer time house beer.

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