English Pale Ale- 20 gallons

March 15, 2014

Today we brewed an English Pale Ale and celebrated St. Patrick’s day weekend with stout and Irish Red. We enjoyed an easy brewing session, a beautiful sunny day on the 60’s, and delicious corned beef and cabbage thanks to Christine.

Brewmaster- Dickie S. (great job on his first time at the helm)

Brewers- Charlie U., Kyle L., Rob S., Tom V.

Grain Bill-

  • 36# Maris Otter
  • 2# 60L crystal (UK)
  • 2# Carapils

Hop Bill-

  • 4 oz East Kent Goldings 5.0% AAU for 60′
  • 2 oz East Kent Goldings 6.3% AAU for 60′
  • 4 oz East Kent Goldings 6.3% AAU for 30′

Yeast- Wyeast 1098 British Ale

Mash Schedule-

  • 13 gallons of liquor, strike temp 165F, at 9:45
  • Mash temp 144F, too low, add ~3 gallons hot liquor to raise to 155F, at 10:30
  • Hold for 90′
  • Noon, mash out, add ~4 gallons of liquor to raise to 160F


  • 12:10 recirculate
  • 12:20 runoff
  • Sparge with 14 gallons at ~170F (had additional 5 gallons to push through the grains)
  • 1:40 collected 24 gallons and shut down runoff


  • Strong boil by 2:00
  • 2:15 add 6 oz of hops (4 oz @ 5% and 2 oz @ 6.3%)
  • 2:45 add 4 oz @ 6.3%
  • 3:00 Irish Moss and cooling coil
  • 3:15 shut down boil
  • Coldbreak ~ 1 hour until racking into primary

Starting Gravity =  1.060. On the top end of the range. A good, strong number. More volume than the Oktoberfest and should have a solid 20 gallons when we go to packaging. Sample was appropriately hoppy and sweet with no off flavors. Looks like another winner.


Strong bubbles in the airlock the morning after brewing. Temps at the bottom range of yeast, 64F.

March 27- Racked the EPA. Gravity = 1.011. Wow, we are brewing some strong beers! ABV calculates to 6.4%. Sample was right on, strong, green, hoppy but that traditional EKG hops is so much smoother than the American Cascade that it’s not overpowering. Looks like we have about 20 gallons.

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