Majestic Sea Cow American Pale Ale

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Majestic Sea Cow, an American pale ale, earned James Zorn and his brew team the title of champion in the 2019 Capitol Hill Staff Homebrew Competition hosted by the American Homebrewers Association.

Zorn shared the following on his blog about the beer:

Earlier this year, I joined a great new group of coworkers on Capitol Hill. Within weeks, we had made plans to enter into the Capitol Hill Home-brew Competition, but weren’t sure what to brew. In true democratic fashion, we setup to do an extensive tasting of styles to choose one that truly represents the people – or at least the handful of us in the office. While not unanimous, the group enjoyed citrusy new american hops and session strength. The natural choice was obvious – American Pale Ale.

But what to call this concoction? In a stroke of genius, we combined our Florida district connection (Manatees) with our committee assignments (Space) and voila The Majestic Sea Cow – Galaxy Hopped Pale Ale!

Michigan-based artist Sloe Gin Gizz (aka Nicole Ray) lent her “Space Manatee” illustration as the label.

Majestic Sea Cow American Pale Ale | American Pale Ale


  • For 12 gal. (45.4 L)
    • MALTS
    • 21 lb. (9.53 kg) Crisp Maris Otter
    • 2 lb. (907 g) German Vienna malt
    • 8 oz. (227 g) Weyermann Carahell
    • 8 oz. (227 g) 40°L crystal malt
    • 4 oz. (113 g) Dingemans Biscuit malt
    • HOPS
    • 1 oz. (28 g) Galena hops, 14.1% a.a. (first wort hop)
    • 1.5 oz. (43 g) Galaxy hops, 14% a.a. (10 min)
    • 1.5 oz. (43 g) Amarillo hops, 12% a.a. (5 min)
    • 1.5 oz. (43 g) Galaxy hops, 14% a.a. (whirlpool)
    • 1 oz. (28 g) Amarillo hops, 12% a.a. (whirlpool)
    • 0.5 oz. (14 g) Mosaic hops, 12.5% a.a. (whirlpool)
    • 1.5 oz. (43 g) Galaxy hops, 14% a.a. (dry hop)
    • 1.5 oz. (43 g) Mosaic hops, 12.5% a.a. (dry hop)
    • YEAST
    • White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast (2 L starter)
    • Yeast nutrient
    • Irish moss


    • Original Gravity: 1.052
    • Final Gravity: 1.012
    • ABV: 5.3%
    • IBU: 34
    • SRM: 3–4
    • Boil Time: 90 minutes
    • Efficiency: 75%


    Conduct a single infusion mash at 156°F (69°C) for 60 minutes using a grain-to-water ratio of 1.25 qt./lb. (2.6 L/kg). Mash out at 165°F (74°C) for 15 minutes. Boil 90 minutes, adding hops according to the schedule above.

    Chill wort and ferment until specific gravity stabilizes at or near 1.012 (3.1°P). Divide dry hops into two equal amounts and add to fermenter 5 and 8 days after fermentation starts. Bottle or keg.

    Extract Version

    Replace Maris Otter and Vienna malts with 15 lb. (6.8 kg) Maris Otter liquid malt extract and 1 lb. (454 g) Briess CBW Goldpils Vienna liquid malt extract. Steep the remaining malts for 30 minutes at 150°F (66°C). Remove malts and dissolve extracts completely in the wort. Bring to a boil and proceed as above.