Marchfest Rye Pale Ale

Brewed at Marchfest 2017 Brew Zone.

Brewed this as a home brewing demo at Marchfest 2017 in Brew Zone. It deviated considerably from the plan but the resulting beer was a top notch pale ale that I was very happy with. First major deviation was I ended up with an extra kg of base malt! Next deviation was a probably a counterbalance to the previous one – my efficiency was way below expected – my mash temp ended up low (around 64 instead of planned 67) but I stuck to my schedule of a 45min mash. Another deviation was I forgot to bring my bittering hops (20g of Waimea) so I had to scavange some of my late addition and dry hops for a bittering addition. Never-the-less it turned out to be a quite hop-forward tasting brew with a mere 150g of hops. I used the American hops blends Zythos and Falconers Flight – hops character was excellent so I might just try those blends sometime again. And that wasn’t all as far as deviations from plan are conerned, I ended up with a different yeast than planned – US-05 instead of Nottingham, but you can’t go far wrong with US-05 when making an American Pale Ale so that was all good!

Style Information

Name: American Pale Ale
Recipe Type: All Grain

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pale Ale Malt 6 kg
Rye Malt 1.5 kg
Wheat Malt 0.5 kg
Gladfield Pale Crystal 0.4 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Falconers Flight 0.015 kg 11.3% 0.1695 30
Zythos 0.015 kg 9.2% 0.138 30
Zythos 0.04 kg 9.2% 0.368 10
Zythos 0.045 kg 9.2% 0.414 1
Falconers Flight 0.035 kg 11.3% 0.3955 0


Name Amount Notes
Safale US-05 2 packs pitched dry at 20C

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 45 64 C


Amount: 30 L
Water Description: filtered
Time: 30 minutes
Target Batch Size: 24 liters


Estimated OG: 1.064
Estimated FG: 1.013
Estimated ABV: 6.70%
Actual OG: 1.064
Actual FG: 1.012
Actual ABV: 6.83%
Bitterness: 38 IBU

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