Archive for July, 2012

PM#3 – Chasing Tail Pale Ale

Time to step my “American ale” brewing up a gear. I want to make my first partial mash IPA but I don’t want to use the recipe contained in “Brewing Classic Styles”. At 7.1% ABV it might be too much extract for my primitive partial boil system to handle. So, I’m using a recipe for BrewDog’s Punk IPA that I found in an old issue of BYO magazine. The recipe dates from when Punk IPA had a higher ABV (6%) than it does currently. The brewsheet on BrewDogs website specifies “biscuit malt” but the clone recipe accompanying the BYO article makes no mention of this ingredient. So I’ve included some of this, as I want to cheat some grainy/bread flavour into my extract beers. Will it work out?

The Columbus and Amarillo hops should give the beer that distinctive “BrewDog” flavour and aroma. I’m thinking the dankness of the Columbus will pair well with the fruitniess of the Amarillo. I’ve also got half an ounce of Ahtanum knocking around, which the boys at BrewDog use quite extensively. So that’s going in too. Will do a dry-hop too. It’s a pity – I don’t have a lot of my precious 2011 Amarillo hops left. Hopefully this brew will be a good use for them.

Category: American IPA
Recipe Type: Partial Mash
Batch Size: 19 L
Volume Boiled: 11 L
Total Grain/Extract: 3.55 kg
Total Hops: 117.0 g

Targets: OG: 1060, FG: 1014, IBU: 65 SRM: 8, ABV: 6% (BYO Punk IPA)


  • 0.125 kg CaraMalt
  • 0.325 kg Crystal 30L
  • 0.5 kg Maris Otter Pale
  • 0.1 kg Biscuit Malt
  • 1.3 kg Dry Extra Light
  • 1.1 kg Dry Extra Light
  • 0.1 kg Wheat Dry
  • 22g Columbus (Pellets, 15.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
  • 28g Amarillo (Whole, 8.50 %AA) boiled 10 min.
  • 14g Ahtanum (Whole, 6.00 %AA) boiled 5 min.
  • 28g Columbus (Whole, 15.00 %AA) boiled 1 min.
  • 25g Amarillo (Whole, 8.50 %AA) used as dry hop.
  • 0.5 ea. Whirlfloc Tablets (15 mins)
  • Yeast: Fermentis Safale US-05


Brewday: Got an OG of 1060, right on target.

27/07/2012 – Dry hopped with Amarillo.

31/07/2012 – Bottled into glass bottles (red caps). Primed using 140g dextrose but had siphon problems so primed less than 18 litres. Hopefully, there will be no bombs going off!

14/09/2012 – First taste of this. (Well, second taste really. I opened a bottle of this after coming home from the Irish Craft Ale festival in the RDS recently. I’d guess my taste buds were pretty numb at that point in the evening). Anyway, it looks like this recipe was a great success. The bitterness is absolutely perfect at 60IBU (I was shooting for 5 IBU less than the published recipe). Great hop flavour and aroma, the Columbus and Amarillo do pair exceptionally well together. The star of the show (and a big surprise to me) is the prominent toasted bread flavour the biscuit malt contributes towards the beer. It’s absolutely fantastic, probably the best American ale I’ve made to date. Biscuit malt ftw!

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