Author Topic: Pale Ale Recipe  (Read 895 times)

Offline GolfBum

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 80
  • Lakewood, CO
    • View Profile
Pale Ale Recipe
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:34:44 PM »
I am posting this recipe here because it doesn't have the hop flavor that I am looking for. It's just seems to lack the hop punch I am looking for. Any ideas as to how to improve this recipe.

9# 2 row
12 oz. carapils
8 oz. torrified wheat
8 oz crystal 30
mashed at 152 for 60 minutes

1 oz cascade fwh
.5 oz cascade 15 min
.5 oz amarillo 15 min
.25 cascade 10 min
.25 amarillo 10 min
.5 oz cascade 0 min
.5 oz amarillo 0 min
fermented at 68 with WLP001

dry hopped for 7 days with
.5 oz cascade
.5 oz amarillo

Should I have added some hops in the 30 minute range? Added a high alpha acid hop in the fwh? any ideas would be helpful.

Offline dannyjed

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 568
  • Toledo, OH
    • View Profile
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2013, 07:47:10 PM »
Your hop profile is all flavor and aroma centered.  It might be lacking some firmer bitterness, maybe that's what you mean by "hop punch".  I suggest using .5 oz of hops at 60 or 45 minutes.
Dan Chisholm

Offline a10t2

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3174
  • Ask me why I don't like Chico!
    • View Profile
    • SeanTerrill.com
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2013, 08:05:58 PM »
For a start I would cut the crystal malts back. 12% is just too much for any pale ale IMHO. I'd also second the suggestion to try a larger bittering addition. What's your water like?
Beer is like porn. You can buy it, but it's more fun to make your own.
http://seanterrill.com/category/brewing/

Offline thebigbaker

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 702
  • Denver, CO
    • View Profile
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2013, 08:07:36 PM »
Also try bumping up your dry hops from .5oz to a 1oz ounce each of Cascade/Amarillo for a total of 2oz.  Like others stated above, try something like Mangum at 60 mins as your bittering addition.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2013, 08:10:47 PM by thebigbaker »
Jeremy Baker

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." - Mitch Hedberg

Offline hoser

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 755
    • View Profile
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2013, 08:08:39 PM »
Move your cascade addition from FWH to 60min or substitute a higher alpha hop for the same IBUs as a 60min addition (as Denny says, I like the "slap"), flip-flop your 15 and 10 min additions (and maybe move the 15min to 20min?), and double the 0 minute additions as well as your dry hop additions.  A 1/2 oz of cascade or some other "C" hop at 30min wouldn't hurt, maybe CTZ? 

Also, what is the approximate sulfate level of your water? 150-200ppm of SO4 may be a good starting point.

I agree with the crystal malt percentage, no more than 10%.

Offline a10t2

  • Official Poobah of No Life.
  • *
  • Posts: 3174
  • Ask me why I don't like Chico!
    • View Profile
    • SeanTerrill.com
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2013, 08:24:02 PM »
(and maybe move the 15min to 20min?)

Whew. I was worried I was the only one who would be bothered by the asymmetry. ::)
Beer is like porn. You can buy it, but it's more fun to make your own.
http://seanterrill.com/category/brewing/

Offline GolfBum

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 80
  • Lakewood, CO
    • View Profile
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 05:32:06 AM »
Thanks for the replies everyone. I checked my recipe the last time I made it and I had added columbus at 60 minutes. I'll try magnum next time i brew this. Would fwh or 60 minute be better for more bittering?

My water is just Denver water and it's what I use in all my beers.

Thanks again for the ideas for the next batch. I'll try this again in a month or two but with some of the ideas thrown around in here.

Offline mmitchem

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 360
  • Suffolk, VA
    • View Profile
    • http://www.barfclub.org
Re: Pale Ale Recipe
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 05:46:16 AM »
IMO, FWH is a smoother bitter. I love me some Magnum. Warrior is starting to creep up on the list as well. A clean bittering addition is the goal here to let the malt and late additions shine through. Good on ya for the big late additions too!
Michael P Mitchem
Beer and Ale Research Foundation (B.A.R.F.)
AHA Member since 2011