homegrown pale ale

in the spirit of last year’s single hop pale ale, I put together a homegrown single hop pale ale using this year’s cascade harvest.

  • I started with edwort’s pale ale recipe and tweaked some things around to get it where I wanted it:
    • 16.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 72.73 %
      4.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 18.18 %
      1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 4.55 %
      1.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.55 %
      2.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 23.9 IBU
      1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 7.3 IBU
      0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 2.4 IBU
      0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 1.0 IBU
      1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) Yeast-Ale
  • I mashed lower than usual (around 152, dropping to 148 by the end of the mash).  hopefully the added dryness will bring out some of the homegrown hops without accentuating any of the alcohol.
  • and got an OG of 1.055 and an apparent FG of 1.005, which by my calculations results in an ABV of 6.56%.  a little high for a pale ale, but I’m sure not that many imbibers will mind the extra kick in the pants.

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