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Homebrew: From Seamless to Shameless – American Pale Ale

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Today I brewed up a batch of American Pale Ale for team Seamless. They asked me if I could brew them an easy-to-drink and flavorful ‘team beer’, so I chose to brew an American Pale Ale featuring a simple malt bill and hopped with Cascade. The brewday went quite well, but had some small problems with the pump (which had jammed) in the beginning of the mash. I also didn’t quite reach the intended original gravity of 1.055, as the wort remained at 1.051, but instead gained 1.5 litres of extra wort. Seems like the cold weather (was brewing outdoors) affected the intensity of the boil. The beer will ferment for 2 weeks, after which I will keg it along with dry hops and force carbonate it for 2 more weeks. You can find the recipe and pictures from the brewday below.

The crushed grain along with the salt additions:

Closing in on the mash temperature:

Testing mashing with a nylon bag:

Weighing up the hop additions:

Adding the bittering addition:

Sanitizing the plate chiller during the last 15 minutes of the boil:

A little over 22 liters of wort ended up in the fermenting vessel together with a pouch of US-05:

The custom-designed crown caps with team logo:

Recipe: From Seamless to Shameless
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 29.00 l
Post Boil Volume: 26.00 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 21.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 19.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 13.2 EBC
Estimated IBU: 31.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt         Name                                     Type      #    %/IBU         
5.10 g      Calcium Chloride (liquid) (Mash 60.0 min Water Ag  1    -             
2.00 g      Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins Water Ag  2    -             
0.90 g      Table Salt (Mash 60.0 mins)              Water Ag  3    -             

4.500 kg    Pale Ale (2-row) (6.0 EBC)               Grain     4    78.3 %        
1.000 kg    Vienna Malt (Weyermann) (5.9 EBC)        Grain     5    17.4 %        
0.250 kg    Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (78.8 EBC)    Grain     6    4.3 %       
  
11.00 g     Northern Brewer [8.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop       7    11.9 IBUs     
20.00 g     Cascade [6.80 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop       8    10.8 IBUs      
25.00 g     Cascade [6.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop       9    8.7 IBUs      
25.00 g     Cascade [6.80 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop       10   0.0 IBUs      

1.0 pkg     Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast     11   -             

30.00 g     Cascade [6.80 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop       12   0.0 IBUs      
									

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