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This Hoppy Amber Ale is the Learn to Homebrew Day 2022 official recipe! Learn to Homebrew Day–brought to you by Grainfather–is an annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebration where homebrewers show newbies how awesome it is to make beer at home.
This extract-based homebrew recipe is quick and easy, producing 1 gallon of ale with a hop profile that pushes the limits of American-style amber ale into IPA territory.
- 14 oz. (400 g) Pilsner dry malt extract
- 10 oz. (280 g) Pale dry malt extract
- 5 oz. (140 g) Crystal 40 malt
- 5 oz. (140 g) Crystal 80 malt
- 0.4 oz. (11 g) Nugget hops (60 minutes)
- 0.25 oz. (7 g) Amarillo hops (15 min)
- 0.25 oz. (7 g) East Kent Goldings hops (0 minute)
- 1/2 packet dry ale yeast (ex: Mangrove Jack’s M42 New World Strong Ale)
- 0.8 oz. (23 g) corn sugar (for bottling)
Yield: 1 gallon (3.8 L)
Heat up your 1.5-2 gallons* (3.8-5.7 L) of brewing water to 160° F (71° C). With the specialty grains in a steeping bag (often called a muslin bag at homebrew shops), steep the grains. After 30 minutes, remove/discard the grain bag and stir in the malt extract. Stir until the extract is fully dissolved, taking care none has collected on the bottom of the pot.
Once the extract is dissolved, bring the liquid to a boil. Follow the hop addition schedule listed in the ingredients. Note that the timing of hops is from the end of the boil. Ex: This recipe calls for a 60-minute boil, so the 60-minute addition of hops are added as soon as the boil begins.
After 60 minutes, turn off the heat and add in the 0-minute hop addition. Chill your wort down below 70° F (21° C), transfer to a fermenter, and pitch the yeast. Ferment in the temperature range called for by the yeast you use.
When fermentation is complete (typically ~2 weeks), bottle condition using the corn sugar listed in the ingredients to “bottle condition” (carbonate) your beer. After another ~2 weeks in bottles, you’re good to taste your homebrew!
*Note: this recipe aims to produce ~1.5 gallons of wort at the end of the boil. Depending on your heat source, you will need to start with more water or top up in the fermenter!
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