« on: September 30, 2015, 09:01:21 AM »
So I have been working on trying to get a pale ale dialed in. My first two attempts have been OK and not great in that order. My main issues are likely related to hop usage and too much malt character (too much munich). I am thinking of a complete overhaul of my last attempts and going with something like this:
28 g Simcoe 25 min
14 g Cascade 15 min
14 g Cascade 10 min
14 g Cascade 5 min
14 g Cascade 0 min
28 g Citra Dry hop
14 g Simcoe Dry hop
14 g Cascade Dry hop
The hop choices are completely different. After experimenting with some newer hops varieties, I have discovered that I really enjoy the classic citrus character of Cascade so I want this to be one point of focus for this attempt. I realize the citra and simcoe will cover some of that cascade character.
The critiques I realize are probably coming:
*don't use German malt in an APA.
I pretty much only brew American or German styles or a hybrid of the two. I like German malt a lot and use my hops and yeast to determine which direction I want to go...
*move all of your hop additions to the very end of the boil/hopstand.
My first two attempts had 60 min & FWH additions for bittering with everything else at flame out and hopstand. Something must have been off with my hopstand temp because I didn't get results I was hoping for. I have brewed a couple of beers that did not have bittering hops with equal additions at 20, 10, 5, 0. I really enjoyed the hop character and flavor although they were not pale ales. I thought I would try this in an APA then come back to hopstands if necessary.
*Not enough hops
This may be a valid critique. I am brewing an APA not an IPA so I am not going for crazy hop character here. I am open to suggestions regarding amounts for sure...