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.
American Pale Ale
Grains & Extracts
|Crystal, Bairds Pale
Target Batch Size:
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.