This is our tribute to one of the North East's favorite pale ales. Smooth and creamy, this pale and cloudy beer contains an obscene number of classic aromatic hops for a pale ale. This beer is sure to please. The hops dominate with a strong hops punch, but at 5.5% ABV you can have more than one (or two!).
The last hop addition is a whirlpool addition. Add the hops to the hot wort after the flame goes out, chill to 170-180ºF if possible, and hold (steep) the hops for 20 minutes, ideally in the 180ºF degree range, then thoroughly chill the wort as usual. Because of the huge amount of hops, this recipe is designed to make 5.5 gallons of finished wort at the end of the boil. Increase your boil volume as needed to allow for these trub losses. You may wish to strain the wort before adding to the fermenter by pouring through a sanitized strainer or line a bucket fermenter with a sanitized paint strainer bag and then lift out after transferring the wort to remove many of the solids.
If starting with distilled/Reverse-Osmosis water or other soft water, we recommend adding 5-7 grams of calcium chloride to the water to get that distinctive “soft” mouthfeel while accentuating the hops. This can be left out if you do not know the make up of your starting water.
One factor that can help make your beer appear perfectly hazy is something called Biotransformation. This is where dry hops normally added a few days before packaging are added a few days into active fermentation (2-3 days after pitching, or when the Krauzen starts to drop down). The available proteins from the yeast at this early stage of fermentation permanently bind with the polyphenols from the hops. causing a permanent haze.
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Simply Juice Pale Ale - All-Grain Instructions
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150ºF for 75 minutes
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.053 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.4-5.6%
- Bitterness: 60 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 3.7 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pale Malt
- Flaked Oats
- Amarillo Hop Pellets
- Centennial Hop Pellets
- Simcoe Hop Pellets
I am still in secondary, but here are my thoughts.
As always everything arrived rather quickly. I was concerned about the liquid yeast coming to Alabama from Texas in August, but fermentation was active for the first few days.
It looks the part. It looks cloudy and juicy and smell great.
I ran this recipe threw Brewer's Friend and Beersmith. They both underestimated the water needed for this. My guess is the oats soaked up more water than expected.
So, I have a little less beer. But, my gravity was higher than expected. I'll take that.
I'll try to leave taste notes when it's ready.
Plan to brew over Christmas break. All the kits from HBS have turned out great. Looking forward to this one also.
Once again satisfied with homebrewsupply's quality and attention to detail.