On this page I will attempt to walk through an American Pale Ale recipe for someone used to brewing, but going all grain for the first time. The result should be a pale, dry, hoppy ale not too dissimilar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
A year ago I brewed a really tasty Saison from pale malt, wheat malt, acid malt & honey called Quorum Sensing. I noted that I must brew something similar again, so I have. This time I've upped the hop additions & used a powerful flavoured one too - Chinook. It might be more IPA, but Saison style guidelines are notoriously lax.
Mash: 1 hour 10 mins. Starting at 69°C & falling to 63°C after 30 mins, then held there for the remaining time to produce a drier beer.
My Cascade hops had grown in Altrincham for a few years, before being dug up & grown in a big trug for a year & last spring I planted them in my garden in Cockermouth.
Having moved from Manchester to Cumbria in the spring, I had to dig up my 3 year old Cascade hop bine - which by now was giving me more hops than I could brew with. It's lived all summer in a large plastic bucket & I built a bamboo structure around it to support the growing limbs. Obviously the roots were pretty hacked up & it didn't have quite the same v
My Cascade hop bine is in its second year of growth & has given me way more hops than I can use again - even if I brew a super-hopped APA.
This beer is named Darkest Days as it is brewed in the period just after the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.&nb
I finally got round to growing my own hops this summer & of course I chose a none English varietal: Cascade. I harvested some last weekend, but they didn't dry well & started to