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Recipe: Mad Alchemist Americana Pale Ale

2014 February 12
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by Mad Alchemist

This is a super clean, crisp, hop flavor-forward but balanced pale ale. It is relatively bready for a pale ale, but it dries out nicely on the back of the tongue. It is essentially an American Pale Ale but uses quite a few German ingredients for the grist. The ingredients I’m listing are for a 5 gallon all-grain batch.

Ingredients

  • Pale Malt (8 lbs)
  • Carahell (8 oz)
  • Caramunich I (8 oz)
  • Munich I (8 oz)
  • Biscuit Malt (8 oz)
  • Hops: Magnum (Bittering), 0.5 oz each Cascade and Centennial at 20 mins and 0 mins
  • Yeast: California Ale
  • Water: Balanced Chloride/Sulfate Ratio, moderate Sodium for roundness

Target Profile

  • Original Gravity: 1.052
  • Final Gravity: 1.011
  • Color: 9 SRM
  • Bitterness: 35 IBU
  • Alcohol: 5.4%
  • Carbonation: 2.5 Vols

I like to ferment this at 68°F for ~2 weeks, then I ease it down to the low 30s over the course of a week.

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