American Pale Ale – All Grain



Smelled awesome coming out of the fermenter. Took a taste - hoppy and a bit resiny, but with a good malt character. The FG took it into IPA territory, technically. No matter. It'll be a great late winter hopfest. Considering using the same recipe to showcase another hop, possibly Chinook, Sorachi Ace, or Simcoe in the future.

After a few months of contemplation, I believe this is one of the best pale ales I've ever brewed. Creamy and hoppy; nice citrus and pineapple flavors with a solid malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter without being harsh; persistent white head with, yes, lacing. Citra hops - especially late in the boil - can be effing amazing.

One experiment gone well.

Malts and Grains

Amount Malt/Grain %
22.00 pounds American Pale Malt (2-Row) 88%
0.50 pounds Crystal Malt 60L 2%
0.50 pounds Belgian Biscuit Malt 2%
2.00 pounds American Vienna Malt 8%
25.00 pounds Total Grain Weight 100%


Amount Hop Time AA
0.25 ounces Citra 110 min 14.2%
0.25 ounces Citra 60 min 14.2%
0.25 ounces Citra 45 min 14.2%
0.75 ounces Citra 30 min 14.2%
1.50 ounces Citra 15 min 14.2%
1.00 ounces Citra 2 min 14.2%
2.00 ounces Citra 0 min 14.2%
6.00 ounces Total Hop Weight


Name Lab/Manufacturer Product ID Amount
California Ale White Labs WLP001 2000 ml

Equipment Profile 15 Gallon/57 Liter Brew Pot (15) and 10 Gallon/38 Liter Cooler Mash Tun

Mash Profile Single Infusion "Sweet Spot" Mash, No Mash Out


Well suited for many American style where balance is desired.

Mash Steps

# Name Time Temp. Description
1 Infusion 60 min. 152°F

"Sweet spot" infusion - balanced between Beta and Alpha Amalyse reactions.

Water Profile Denver, Colorado

Fermentation and Aging

14 days @ 68° F
35 days @ 50° F

Cit and Spin

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Strike Water Amount: 8.3    
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Sparge Water Amount: 8    
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Pre-Boil Amount: 11    
Post-Boil Amount: 10    
Boil Time: 90    
OG: 1.066 / 16.1° P    
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