After receiving a new bag of proper British malt I could finally focus on brewing classic English bitter ales, it’s one of those beers I have on tap almost always.
There’s nothing particularly special about this recipe, it uses Golden Promise instead of the more traditional Maris Otter but could be brewed with either. For hops, it’s EKG and yeast – English Ale, WLP002. Please note that it finished with a lower FG than anticipated, this might be due to the 2L starter I used.
For this recipe, I did not mash the special malts together with base malts, but at mashout instead. This is mainly to keep the astringency levels down and produce a less harsh flavour. A method I took from Gordon Strong’s books.
American-Style Pale Ale
- Volume 25 l
- OG 1.049
- FG 1.009
- IBU 72
- ABV 5.25 %
4 kgPale AleGermany Weyermann
0.5 kgCarapilsGermany Weyermann
0.4 kgWheat MaltGermany
0.4 kgBarke Munich MaltGermany Weyermann
50 gColumbus | Boil 20minUS
20 gAmarillo | Boil 20minUS
10 gChinook | Boil 20min
10 gChinook | First Wort 60min
25 gAmarillo | Dry Hop 5dUS
25 gColumbus | Dry Hop 5dUS
25 gChinook | Dry Hop 5d
1 pkgUS-05 SafAleFermentis / SafAle
Amber, light copper. Very clear. Moderate carbonation.
Dominating caramel, lightly floral.
Light caramel sweetness followed by some toasty/biscuity notes. Earthy hop flavour. Moderate to moderate-high esters.
Medium-bodied with a firm bitterness. Balance more towards the bitter side.
A nice every day bitter, with a not too crazy caramel malt character. Next time I might add some Fuggle for extra flavour and aroma complexity. Overall not bad, a simple and drinkable ESB.