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Old 09-17-2010, 03:43 AM   #1
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Default American Pale Ale recommendation

Homebrewers,

I'm looking for an APA recipe, either your own or a kit to recommend. Preferably in the style of Great Lakes Burning River. I know that AHS has a Burning River clone, I will probably go with that, but I figured I'd ask first.

Thanks!

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Old 09-17-2010, 03:53 AM   #2
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For what it's worth, I just opened my first bottle from a Brewer's Best APA, extract kit, and even though it's a little green yet, I am VERY impressed. It may be that I am a little sick of the lighter summer beers and this is one of the first bigger, hoppy'er beers of the season for me. Bottom line I like it.

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Old 09-17-2010, 08:53 PM   #3
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Thanks bmbox, glad you are enjoying it. I probably won't be ordering for a couple of weeks, so feel free to let me know how it ages!
So far I've brewed a brown and a stout, so I'm ready for some hops.

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Old 09-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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My first beer was Williams Triple Hop Ale. Very very good. I'm now working to clone it. Nice hoppy/malty beer.

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Old 09-18-2010, 06:38 PM   #5
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Hey, I brewed the Lady Liberty Ale from John Palmer's bible (I mean book on beginners brewing). It was FANTASTIC. It was just a flavorful, but very clean and balanced ale. It was very refreshing!

Here is more information than you probably ever wanted, but it is a great book and availible online for free at howtobrew.com:

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American Pale Ale
American pale ale is an adaptation of classic British pale ale. The American Ale yeast strain produces less esters than comparable ale yeasts, and thus American pale ale has a less fruity taste than its British counterpart. American pale ales vary in color from gold to dark amber and typically have a hint of sweet caramel from the use of crystal malt that does not mask the hop finish. With the resurgence of interest in ales in the United States, American pale ale evolved from a renewed interest in American hop varieties and a higher level of bitterness as microbreweries experimented with craft brewing. The Cascade hop has become a staple of American microbrewing and is the signature hop for American pale ales. It has a distinctive citrusy aroma compared to European hops and has enabled American pale ale to stand shoulder to shoulder with other classic beer styles.

OG: 1.045 - 1.055
FG: 1.008 - 1.013
25 - 45 IBUs


Commercial Example: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale




Lady Liberty Ale - American Pale Ale

6 lbs. of Pale Malt Extract (syrup)
1/2 lb. of Crystal 60L Malt


BG for 3 Gallons
1.075

OG for 5 Gallons
1.045

Hops IBU Contribution

3/4 oz of Northern Brewer (9%) at 60 min.
3/4 oz of Cascade (7%) at 30 minutes
3/4 oz of Cascade (7%) at 15 minutes

Total IBUs 37


Yeast Fermentation Schedule

American Ale(liquid)

Primary Ferment at 65°F for 2 weeks.
Or 1 wk Primary and 2 wk Secondary.

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All-Extract
4 lbs. of Pale Malt LME, 2 lbs. of Amber DME.
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What do you usually brew? Extract, partial mash, all grain?

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Rebel Brewer has a very good extract American Pale Ale kit. I have been drinking mine as my staple beer! The guys at Rebel are awesome!

The beer has a floral nose, hoppy taste but not to bitter. I highly recomend this kit.

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The kit from Rebel Brewer was my first 5 gal kit, came out really good, easy to follow directions.

Think I'll do the Lady Liberty Ale next, seems easy and looks tasty.

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What is the Liberty Ale? Is that one of Rebel's?

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What is the Liberty Ale? Is that one of Rebel's?
It is a recipe from John Palmer's http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/index.html
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