October Pale Ale

After a bit of a brewing absence (over 5 months since I last put down a brew) my stocks were running low so it was time to brew. I went for my favorite beer type, a good hoppy American style Pale Ale, but with all NZ hops so a New Zealand Pale Ale to be more precise. I used a little Pacific Gem for bittering addition and then 100g each of Waimea, Riwaka and Motueka for the flavour and aroma additions with some set aside for dry hopping. I targeted a 4.75% ABV as I’m finding the stronger beers that I’ve brewed recently a bit too much. I broke my hydrometer so running a bit blind on actual numbers but I’ve brewed enough to trust that it will come out pretty close to the calculated numbers. The addition of a ball valve to my brew kettle made transferring from kettle to fermenter a lot easier. Fermentation was a bit slower than usual to kick off – no action until second morning after. One theory, it could be due to lack of aeration of the wort, I relied on the splashing action of pouring the wort into the fermentor instead of giving it a good shake as usual.

Style Information

Name: American Pale Ale
Recipe Type: All Grain

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Maris Otter Malt 5 kg
Carapils (Dextrine) 0.2 kg
Crystal 80 0.2 kg
Carafa II malt 0.05 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Pacific Gem 0.01 kg 12% 0.12 60
Motueka 0.015 kg 6.9% 0.1035 20
Riwaka 0.02 kg 5.8% 0.116 20
Waimea 0.005 kg 17.2% 0.086 20
Motueka 0.02 kg 6.9% 0.138 10
Riwaka 0.025 kg 5.8% 0.145 10
Waimea 0.01 kg 17.2% 0.172 10
Motueka 0.035 kg 6.9% 0.2415 0
Riwaka 0.03 kg 5.8% 0.174 0
Waimea 0.05 kg 17.2% 0.86 0
Motueka 0.03 kg 6.9% 0.207 dry hopping
Riwaka 0.025 kg 5.8% 0.145 dry hopping
Waimea 0.035 kg 17.2% 0.602 dry hopping


Name Type Use Amount Time Notes
Koppafloc Fining Boil 1/8 tsp 15


Name Amount Notes
MJ US West Coast M44 10g Sprinkled dry

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 65 C


Amount: 27.5 liters
Water Description:
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 25 liters


Estimated OG: 1.048
Estimated FG: 1.012
Estimated ABV: 4.71%

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