Easy drinking pale ale brewed with Jamie, Shelby, and Michele. They wanted to learn how, and we decided to go for something light and summery. Initially based on a pale ale recipe from Joy of Home Brewing. Brewed 4/29/2012.
6.6 lbs Light extract syrup (2 cans Briess Golden Light)
1/2 lb Crystal 10 malt
1 oz. Cascade (pellets, 6.2% alpha), boiling
1/2 oz. Cascade (pellets), flavor
1/2 oz. Cascade (pellets), aroma
1 Packet Lallemand Nottingham Ale Yeast
5 oz Corn Sugar (for bottle priming)
Add crystal malt in a grain bag to 2 gallons cold water in boil pot. Leave in until water begins to boil
Add 2 cans extract syrup when boiling starts
Boil for 60 min
At start, add 1 oz. Cascade pellets for bittering
At 50 min, add 1/2 oz. Cascade for flavor
At 58 min, add remaining 1/2 oz. Cascade
Move brew pot (lidded) to ice bath in sink for ~20min
Active dry yeast per instructions
Strain wort into cold water in fermenter. Add cold water to reach 5 gal.
Pitch yeast when cool
Used a new 16qt stainless steel pot for brewing. Worked nicely, and won't add any ``flavors'' like the old cracked enamel pot.
Cooled the brew pot in the sink instead of trying to cool the plastic fermenter with the full five gallons. After about 20 minutes in ice and cold water in the sink, it was good to go. After adding 3 gallons from the freezer, the temp was 61deg. OG measured 1.032, but that seems suspiciously low. Recipe computes 1.046 - 1.050.
Pitched at 61deg
24hrs: Slow bubble, 62deg
48hrs: vigorous bubble, 65deg
72hrs: steady bubble, 64deg
4 days: slow bubble, 63deg
6 days: no visible bubble, added some more water to airlock, 63deg
8 days: no visible bubble, may have had some airlock water leak into the wort, 63deg
10 days: no visible bubble, 64deg
14 days: Bottled! FG measured 1.010. 2.8%ABV if you believe the initial reading. We filled 8 bottles before realizing we'd forgotten the priming sugar. Cracked them open and poured back into the bottling bucket. Added the sugar and stirred with a sterilized spoon.
Great! Pours golden, a little darker than desired. A bit hazy. Nice head that lasts fairly long. Tastes great. A nice easy drinker, but you can definitely tell that the hops are there.