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Beer Style: American Pale Ale (10A)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

American Pale Ale


As a born-again brewer, with a scientific bent and perhaps a wooden tongue, I decided that the best way to learn brewing was to start with the most basic recipe and process and find out just what basic beer, i.e. Generic Ale should taste like. Once I had that firmly established, I could then venture into other "flavor elements" using Generic Ale as a standard.

If that recipe produces a "not tasty, thin, flavorless" beer on the tongue of an expert, I certainly will not argue nor try to defend it other than to say that, that is what one gets when one uses those ingredients. That IS Generic Ale and it is my starting point for new adventures. Everytime I try something new, I have some GA as a standard to compare it with.

I might also add that I am glad that I am not expert enough to find it boring and tasteless.


  • 9 pounds, 2--row Harrington malt
  • Edme ale yeast
  • 1 ounce, Chinook hops

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Use standard mashing procedure. I always add 1/4 of the hops after the boil so a nominal attempt at aroma is SOP.


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 Reviewed by White on Fri May 22 2015

This IS exactly the approach I was looking FOR TO START brewing again. I got ALL caught up IN the NAMES, but really a basic starter IS the best way TO build your knowledge I think. WHEN I have my own base beer, I will let you know how it tastes.