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

American Pale Ale


This a report on my second use of "maltose" (a cheap rice malt available from most Oriental Markets). In the previous attempt ("Number 17", see HBD #541 or The Cat's Meow: p 36) there were a few problems. It was also my first attempt at culturing yeast (from a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), and for various reasons, it didn't work very well. The other problem was I used to much maltose, about 40%, which made the result a little too light. This time I decided to use about 20% maltose, which IMHO, is just about right. I've also since perfected yeast culturing. The result is a nice thirst quenching, summer ale, which, with my favorite pizza, is heaven*2. Taste: Excellent!


  • 4 pounds, plain light malt extract syrup
  • 1.1 pounds, (750 grams) Maltose
  • 2/3 ounce, Chinook Hops, flower, (boil)
  • 1/3 ounce, Cascade Hops, flower, (finish)
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade Hops, pellets, (dry hopped in secondary)
  • Ale Yeast, cultured from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale,
  • Corn sugar (3/4 cup) at bottling

Beer Profile

Original Gravity: 1.036 at 74 degrees
Final Gravity: 1.006 @ 69 degrees
Alcohol by Vol: 3.93%
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5.00 US Gallons

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About a week before, make a starter from 2 bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Use about 4 tablespoons of plain light malt extract syrup and a couple of hop pellets. Boil major ingredients, ala Complete Joy of Home Brewing, in 2 gallons of water. (60 minute boil). Add 1/3 ounce Chinook hops at start of boil, 1/3 ounce Chinnook at 30 minutes and 1/3 ounce of Cascade hops in the last two minutes of the boil. Then combine with 3 gallons of ice cold tap water (which was boiled the previous night, and cooled in the freezer) in a 7 gallon carboy. Ferment in primary for a week. Put 1/2 ounce of Cascade pellets in bottom of secondary and rack beer into secondary. Bottle three weeks later.




review rating
 Reviewed by Eric on Fri Jan 8 2021

Beautiful yellow orange color. Tastes of yeast and biscuit. This is an OK attempt at an interesting low alcohol beer. Agree that it would be best with food like pizza. Not so much a solo drink.