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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.