Amber Waves of Grain

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David Motter of Peoria, IL, member of the The Brewing Network, won a gold medal in Category #10: American Ale during the 2011 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Motter’s American Ale was chosen as the best among 493 final round entries in the category.

To see other winning homebrew recipes from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition, visit our archive of National Homebrew Competition winners.

Amber Waves of Grain | American Ale

Ingredients

  • For 5 Gallons (18.93 L)
    • 13.36 lb (6.05 kg) pale malt
    • 1.09 lb (0.49 kg) 40˚ L crystal malt
    • 0.55 lb (249 g) 120˚ L crystal malt
    • 0.55 lb (249 g) Victory malt
    • 0.21 lb (95 g) pale chocolate malt
    • 1.2 oz (34 g) Horizon hops, 13% a.a. (60 min)
    • 1.09 oz (31 g) Cascade hops, 6% a.a. (10 min)
    • 1.09 oz (31 g) Centennial hops, 9% a.a. (10 min)
    • 1.09 oz (31 g) Cascade whole hops, 6% a.a. (0 min)
    • 1.09 oz (31 g) Centennial hops, 9% a.a. (0 min)
    • White Labs WLP001 California ale yeast (800 mL starter)

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.062
    • Final Gravity: 1.014
    • ABV: 6.30%
    • IBU: 19
    • SRM: 17

    Directions

    1. Mash grain at 152° F (67° C) for one hour.
    2. Primary fermentation for 10 days at 68° F (20° C).
    3. Forced CO2 to carbonate (2.5 vol)