Friday, January 29, 2010

Recipe Time

The recipe for the American Pale Ale to be brewed by those taking part in the International Homebrew Project is really quite simple. The recipe is formulated for a 5 US gallon batch and is:
  • 9.8lbs 2 Row Pale Malt
  • 1.7lbs Caramel 10
  • 0.6oz Centennial boiled 60 minutes
  • 0.5oz Amarillo boiled 15 minutes
  • 0.5oz Cascade boiled 1 minute
  • Whatever yeast you want
I will be perfectly honest you, I used the "Beer Generator" option at to generate this recipe, and according to the report that was output, the beer should be as follows in terms of IBUs, colour and gravity:
  • OG - 1.058
  • IBU - 37.5
  • SRM - 6.98
  • ABV - 5.5 - 6%
For those doing an extract based recipe, I found a formula for converting from base malt to dry malt extract which multiplies the weight of base malt by 0.6 - which gave a result of 5.9lbs. Those using liquid malt extract, multiply by 0.8, making it necessary to use 7.8lbs of extract.

If, like me, you brew less than 5 gallons at a time, re-scale the recipe as necessary, and I would recommend using the lightest possible extract, hence I will be buying Munton's Extra Light instead of the usual light I use.

The timeline, as I previously suggested, is as follows:
  • Feb 12/13 - brew the beer
  • Feb 26/27 - bottle the beer
  • Mar 19/20 - try the beer
  • Mar 21 - write about the beer
If you are planning to take part, leave a comment here or email me to let me know.


  1. I'll probably have to skip this one as I'm going all crazy with some mead experimentation and I need all the fermentation space I can get for that.

  2. On that note, anybody know a source for cheap carboys?

  3. Count me in. However, I will be unable to make the official February 13th brew date. I will either brew on the 12th or the 16th.

  4. That't fine! Glad to have you on board!!

  5. Any idea how many people will be participating?

  6. I am not really sure to be honest, I have about 10 "maybe's".

    I am looking forward to brewing on Saturday.


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