Originally Posted by DocHolidaze
i dont have to use honey its what readiley available to me if there is somthing that is more suiting to my needs than honey i will use it
OK, here goes. A 2 gallon batch. for a different volume, just change the ingredients by the same amount.
6 ozs Crystal 60. Steep in 160 F water for 30 minutes.
3 lbs of Pale LME (or light, extra light, golden, or other light liquid extract). Add to water after removing steeping grains.
Alternative to 3 lbs LME is to use 2.5 lbs DME (dried malt extract).
When water starts boiling add some bittering hops. You will need about 4 AAs of any hops. That is, if the AAs of a hop is 12, you will need a third of an ounce. If the AAs are 4, you will need an ounce.
You will want to boil this for 60 minutes total after adding the hops.
With 15 minutes to go, I would suggest adding some flavor hops. About half an ounce.
At 5 minutes to go, I would suggest adding some aroma hops. About half an ounce.
Once boiling is complete, cool as quickly as possible.
What hops to use? Cascade for a traditional American Pale Ale. Use Goldings or Fuggles for an English Pale Ale. Use any hops you want, these are suggestions (Cascades will get you something similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale).
If you want to add some simple sugars (honey), do not go above half a pound. It will increase the alcohol by a little over 1%, and will nicely dry it out.
What yeast. For an American style ale, S-05. For an English style ale, S-04, or Nottingham. Try and keep fermentation temperatures between 60 and 70 F.
Without the honey, this will give you a beer of about 5.5%. Adding half a pound of honey will get you to 6.5%. Adding more simple sugar will just thin it out make it hot tasting with alcohol.
Leave in primary for 2 weeks, and you should be able to bottle at that time. Keep bottles above 70F to help carbonation ... then drink.
Hope this is what you were looking for. For a quick turn-around, it is very important to watch temperatures. Probably best to keep ferment temps around 65 (but never over 70 F .... otherwise you will get a lot of esters and high alcohols).