Restrained APA

The last 2 beers were intense hoppy IPAs with quite dark malts so for this one I went for something lighter along the lines of the APA recipes in Brewing Classic Styles. I kept hops basic with NZ Cascade for flavour and aroma and Pacific Gem for bittering. I had to restrain myself to only put in 100g of hops into this batch (the last 2 had more like 300g per batch), hence the name ‘Restrained APA’. This is my first beer brewed with my new gear – I’ve moved from the kitchen to out on the deck with a propane burner and 50L pot. My BIAB bag was made for a smaller pot but it did the job fine. In fact I found it an advantage having a smaller bag when it came to sparging in a smaller second pot.

Style Information

Name: American Pale Ale
Recipe Type: Partial Mash

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pilsner 5.2 kg
Munich I 0.4 kg
Crystal, Bairds Pale 0.2 kg
Wheat Malt 0.2 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Pacific Gem 0.02 kg 13.7% 0.274 60
NZ Cascade 0.04 kg 7% 0.28 10
NZ Cascade 0.04 kg 7% 0.28 0


Name Amount Notes
Safale US-05 10g rehydrated

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 66 C


Amount: 25.3 liters
Water Description:
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 23 liters


Actual OG: 1.050
Actual FG: 1.008
Actual ABV: 5.50%

Tasting notes

11/4/13: Nice, refreshing and easy to drink with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Golden/blonde in colour. This came 3rd in the local homebrew competition.

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