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Brewday April 3rd, 2014: Yooper’s House Pale Ale

I am brewing a half batch (2.5 gallons) of an American Pale Ale tonight. Doing a smaller batch in order to save a little time on getting the water to temp and cooling afterwards. Seems to be my routine lately to alternate between a 5 gallon and 2.5 gallon batch.

I’ll be brewing a recipe from Yooper (moderator at HomeBrewTalk.com) called Da Yooper’s House Pale Ale.

UPDATE: Brewed this 4/3 and it was a series of mistakes.

Issue #1: Though I typically hit my pre-boil gravity consistently, I was off by 5 points. Was shooting for 1.040 and landed at 1.035. I’m not sure if this was due to my grain mill or what. It’s possible the mill setting has come loose and my grind wasn’t as good, leading to poor efficiency.

Issue #2: I didn’t boil off enough during the 60 minute boil, .6 gallons to be exact. I also wound up with 1/10th of a gallon more wort than expected due to less grain absorption since I really squeezed the BIAB bag to get my gravity up!

So I have .7 extra gallons in the fermenter and about 12 points low in gravity.

In the future I will run the boil longer, I was concerned about the hop bitterness with an extended boil. But a mid range IPA is better than a watered down APA I guess.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min 43.6 IBUs 9.4 SRM 1.059 SG 1.014 SG 5.8 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter 3 lbs 45.28
Vienna Malt 1.812 lbs 27.36
Munich Malt 1.187 lbs 17.92
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 0.312 lbs 4.72
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 0.312 lbs 4.72

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cascade 0.6 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 0.6 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 0.6 oz 10 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 0.3 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 0.3 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 0.6 oz 7 days Dry Hop Pellet 5.5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Whirlfloc Tablet 0.50 Items 15 min Boil Fining

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

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