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Old 06-14-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Northern Brewer's Extra Pale Ale

I'm thinking about trying this as my next brew and was wondering if anybody had used this all grain kit before and if they were pleased with the results.

I'm also considering dry hopping with an ounce of Cascades but I'm concerned that I would "take away" from the kit. I haven't tried to it yet but I have a habit of tinkering with things that doesn't usually turn out too well.

Here is a link to the kit: A ProMash Recipe - Extra Pale Ale - AG

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:34 PM   #2
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I was my first brew ever. It was good, and pretty cheap too! It def got better w/age, so give it a bit of time in secondary, and let it sit in the bottles 3/4 weeks for the best results.

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I always enter NB's ingredients into a calculator and check things like OG and IBUs. I don't know what calculations they use, but if just follow their recipes you'll likely end up with a beer that is way to bitter and lower in gravity.

Their extra pale ale was my second all-grain and I didn't check their recipe before brewing it. I still can't drink this beer, a year later because it has a B:G of like 1.7. I probably won't ever drink it. I think that if you adjust the hop additions based on their actual AA% and the efficiency of your system, it would be a pretty standard APA.

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I've made this kit twice (although both times it was extract) and it disappeared quickly. Both times I dry hopped it with 1 oz of Cascade, in addition to what the kit called for. I was quite pleased.

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I entered their recipe into beersmith and got an OG of 1.046 and 42.3 IBU's which is in line with the standards for an APA.

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I made this too. Actually am about to kick the second keg of this. Probably today.

Pretty plain Jane beer but very refreshing. I got one kit and then doubled the recipe by adding more grain and I used some Vanguard hops instead of more Cascades. Next time I make this I am going to dry hop and might experiment with a little bit of bitter orange peel. Gotta do it soon so I can drink it while it is still hot out.

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I brewed it once, it was very bitter for an APA. I'd probably cut the the amount of hops added if i was to brew it again.

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Going from 2 oz to 1.5 oz with the 60min addition definitely might me an option with my next batch of this one.

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All I'm saying, is just to check the values. That doesn't necessarily mean that they will be way off. It just means they may be way off. I think the actual AA% on the cascades they included with my kit was around 7%. It just depends...

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Your promash has both hop additions at 60 minutes. Is that correct? If not, I would change the 1 oz addition to 30 minutes for some flavor.

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