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Homebrew: Wedding APA – American Pale Ale

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Today I brewed the fourth and penultimate batch of beer for my wedding in August (see previous posts for the Wedding Pils, Wedding Blond, and Wedding Hybrid): an American Pale Ale loaded with Cascade and Centennial. I’ve brewed variations of this recipe several times before (one, two and three), so I know exactly what to expect. The resulting beer should have a hop-dominated aroma, with tones of grapefruit, pine resin and floral perfume, while the taste should feature a lightly bready maltiness together with a citrusy and floral hoppiness that ends in moderate bitterness and semi-dry finish. All in all, it should be a really easy to drink, yet still flavorful beer. The beers have been crowd favorites in the past, so am predicting that this keg will be the first to run out during the wedding.

The malt bill is simple, consisting of Maris Otter, Munich and CaraPils.  These should, together with the relatively high mash temperature (67C) and low-attenuating yeast (WLP002), yield a solid backbone to the beer despite the low ABV%. I aimed for an original gravity just below 1.050, in order to get a beer with around 5% ABV. For the hops, I chose to bitter with Herkules (since I still have some left from a 100g bag), and at flameout I added a large dose of Cascade and Centennial. The bitterness levels should be around 40 IBU, depending on how much the whirlpool hops contribute. I pitched a 1.5L starter of WLP002 after I had cooled the wort down to around 20C. I placed the fermenter in my fermentation fridge and set the fermentation temperature to 18C. I like using ‘English Ale’ yeast in my APAs and IPAs, since I think the esters they contribute go well with fruity hops. The high flocculation is also a bonus. Hopefully this one turns out as tasty as my previous brews of this recipe.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
18.5 L 60 min 57.6 IBUs 11.1 EBC 1.049 1.011 5.0 %
Actuals 1.046 1.01 4.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 9.9 - 27.6 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Maris Otter (Thomas Fawcett) 3.5 kg 77.78
Munich 750 g 16.67
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 250 g 5.56


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Herkules 9 g 60 min Boil Pellet 19
Herkules 9 g 30 min Boil Pellet 19
Cascade 35 g 30 min Aroma Pellet 5.5
Centennial 35 g 30 min Aroma Pellet 10
Cascade 35 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 5.5
Centennial 35 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 10


Name Amount Time Use Type
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.50 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 2.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
English Ale (WLP002) White Labs 75% 18.33°C - 20°C


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 66.67°C 60 min

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