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I call this my Holiday Extra Pale Ale. I brewed it as an exercise, to see if I could make a good tasting, very light colored pale ale suitable for guests duing the holidays who might not have an appreciation for my usual heavily hopped pale ales. I wanted to make something with a light color and as much clarity as I could manage that would have a broader appeal than my normal beers, but still be something that a beer lover could enjoy.
3.3 lbs (one can) Muntons Extra Light LME
3 lbs dry rice solids.
1/2 lb #10 (i.e., palest) crushed crystal for steeping.
1 oz Centennial hops
1 oz Cascade hops
(hops obviously can be varied to taste - if I had any on hand I would have used Amarillo instead of Centennial).
Nottingham ale yeast (or equivalent)
I used only half my normal amount of steeping grains for this, and took them out as soon at the water temperature reached 160F. I put the rice solids right into the boil, but did a late addition for the malt extract, at about 40 minutes. My hops schedule was like this:
Centennial (all) at 15 minutes.
Cascade (1/2 ounce) at 45 minutes.
Cascade (1/2 ounce) at 55 minutes.
The Irish moss went in at 45 minutes. I filled my brew house (er...kitchen) sink with ice water and immersed my brew pot to get a good hard cold break. The light (and reduced amount of) steeping grains, rice solids and late addition of the extract help to keep this very pale in color. The hard cold break, Irish moss and fanatically careful racking help with clarity.
I brewed this on 11/15/08 and bottled it on 12/5/08 - no secondary, but if you like using a secondary, you could do so). I tasted the first one about a week later - still young and a bit cloudy, no head to speak of, but carbonated - it was delicious.
I've been unable to resist them these past couple of weeks. I took one over to my LHBS the other day because I was so happy with it and offered it up for tasting. The clarity has greatly improved, the color is like pale straw and it is REALLY good - very balanced and a hit with every one who has tried it.
Let me know if you take a shot at it. I will most definitely make this again.