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Homebrew: Wedding APA


Last weekend I attended my friends’ wedding (thanks for the great party!), to which I had brewed two batches of beer. The first was a Dunkel and the second an American Pale Ale. I brewed the APA back in November with my brew mate, but I seemed to have forgotten to post the recipe and brewday notes. As I wrote in the Dunkel post, I’ve noticed that the most popular beers during these kinds of events are balanced and easy-to-drink beers. American Pale Ales with a relatively mild bitterness seem to be especially popular, so I used the recipe of my own Wedding APA as a base for this beer.

The malt bill was kept simple, with Maris Otter, Munich and Carapils. For the hops, I used up some opened bags of American hops from the freezer. The bitterness ended up a bit on the high side, but it was still suitable for the style. For the yeast I chose my ‘house yeast’ WLP002, which flocculates well and leaves a nice flavor profile. The brewday went quite smoothly and the beer was really popular during the wedding! I will be posting tasting notes of both the beers in an upcoming post!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
40 L 60 min 53.4 IBUs 12.3 EBC 1.055 1.013 5.6 %
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) 7 kg 73.68
Munich 2 kg 21.05
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 500 g 5.26


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Simcoe 20 g 60 min Boil Pellet 11.4
Centennial 10 g 60 min Boil Pellet 8.8
Amarillo 20 g 30 min Boil Pellet 8.9
Simcoe 20 g 30 min Boil Pellet 11.4
Amarillo 40 g 30 min Aroma Pellet 8.9
Simcoe 30 g 30 min Aroma Pellet 11.4
Cascade 20 g 30 min Aroma Pellet 5.5
Amarillo 40 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 9.2
Cascade 40 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 5.5
Simcoe 30 g 5 days Dry Hop Pellet 13


Name Amount Time Use Type
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 13.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 12.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 4.00 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


15 Liter top up!

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