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June 19, 2020

Amarillo Pale Ale

amarillo pale ale homebrew recipeA pale ale is a perfect beer style to enjoy as the summer months are approaching. Here in Asheville, North Carolina, we’ve been enjoying steadily rising temperatures that have made us all want to drink something a bit more light and citrusy, so we brewed an Amarillo Pale Ale. This homebrew recipe will make a bright hop-forward beer that anyone can enjoy during the spring and summer months. Here in the mountains, we like to brew this recipe and enjoy it during the home stretch of a long hike.

Brew Day Video

We brewed this beer with Clawhammer Supply's 10 gallon 120 volt BIAB system. Watch us use it in this video.

Water

We started this brew day with 7.3 gallons (27.6 liters) of Asheville City Water. We did not adjust our water chemistry when we brewed it, but we recommend that you do. Usually, we use Bru’n Water to get our water chemistry right. Bru’n Water is free software that you can download and use alongside BeerSmith in order to get all your numbers right.

filling kettle with water

Filling the kettle with water

Grains

The grain bill for this recipe is as follows

Pale Malt - 8 lbs 12 oz (3.97 kg)

Flaked Wheat - 1 lb (.45 kg)

Caramel / Crystal Malt 20L - 8 oz (226.8 grams)

Caramel / Crystal Malt 60L - 8 oz (226.8 grams)

Mash

We mashed at 152° F (66.7° C) for 60 minutes.

mashing in

Pouring our crushed grain into the kettle

spray valve - starting the mash

Turning our pump on to start recirculation.

Hops

After our 60 minute mash, we pulled the grain basket out and hooked it above our kettle to let all the wort drain out. As the wort was draining, we cranked our element up to 100% of power so we could start a boil ASAP.

mash is over - pulling grain basket

Pulling the grain basket alone can sometimes be difficult, so we recommend you buy a brewing pulley for when you can't convince a friend to help you.

controller at 100 percent of power

Putting our 120v digital brewing controller to 100% of power

At the top of our boil, we added .75 ounces (21.26 grams) of Chinook hops. These hops have 12.7% alpha acids and should add just the right amount of bitterness to our beer.

45 minutes into our boil we did a 15-minute addition of a whirlfloc tablet and a .5 ounce (14.2 grams) addition of Amarillo hops. Whirlfloc tablets help clarify beer, so they’re good to use when you’re not making a hazy style. Our Amarillo hops have 7.7% alpha acids and should give our beer a distinct citrus flavor with hints of orange and lemon.

whirlfloc tablet

Adding a whirlfloc tablet to our boil

At the end of our boil, we turned the heat off and added our last .5 ounce (14.2 grams) of Amarillo hops as a whirlpool addition. We did this for 15 minutes before turning our cooling water on and chilling our beer down to a fermentation temperature of 70° F (21.1° C).

whirlpool hop adition

Whirlpool hop addition of Amarillo

wort plate chiller

We use a plate chiller to cool our wort down

Yeast and Fermentation

We used WLP001 California Ale Yeast from White Labs to ferment this beer. This was the first strain of yeast ever made by White Labs and according to their website it’s “known for its use in hoppy beers, it accentuates hop flavors and aromas and attenuates well, even for high gravity beers.” We let this ferment for two weeks at  70° F (21.1° C).

 pitching white labs WLP001 yeast

Pitching our yeast

putting beer in our newair fermenter

Putting our wort into the fermenter

Tasting

This turned out to be a phenomenal pale ale. We first noticed how bitter it was, which we really liked, and then we noticed all the floral flavors and aroma. This is basically a pale ale you can drink all summer long, and we recommend you brew it this summer! This is actually a recipe we've brewed a few times here in the office just because we like it so much. Trust us, you can't go wrong with this Amarillo Pale Ale recipe.

  • Brewing this as I type. Just confirming there are no dry hop additions?

    Cheers

    Posted by Damian on July 01, 2020
  • Looks very good and i want to try to make it at home!
    How many litres of beer do you get from these ingredients?
    Thanks!

    Posted by Mirko on June 29, 2020
  • Look forward to trying! Thanks!!

    Posted by Mark Z on June 23, 2020

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