Brewing American Pale Ale At Home
Brewing American Pale Ale does not require much, and is a great choice for beginners. This copper or deep golden colored drink is a popular beverage, found commonly around the US. Known for its relatively lower maltiness, American Pale Ale has about 4.5% alcohol content. Brewing American Pale Ale is easy, with the hops deciding the bitterness, aroma and general flavor of the drink. So before you begin brewing your own American Pale Ale, get your brewing equipment out and prepare it for the process.
How to start Brewing American Pale Ale at Home
Let us begin by getting all the ingredients. There aren't many, and feel free to replace any with your choice, just make sure to match flavor and type. For the extracts, Pale Malt and Crystal Malt are good choices, though some people prefer Honey Malt and Special Malt, the decision is purely the brewers. Moving onto the hops, Willamette and Cascade will do, Cluster being a good replacement. Simple corn sugar should suffice and the yeast will have to be either English Ale, or California Ale.
Now we begin brewing, start by mashing the grains. This can be done at 152F, don't forget to add your base malt to the mash. Let it boil for an hour at consistent temperature, and after this period you should have your mash ready. Now we start preparing the wort. If you are aware of the procedure involved in brewing beer at home, you should know that this is done by boiling the extracts for about 15-20 minutes. After this add the hops according to your taste, as bitterness, aroma and flavor can all be controlled by the addition of hops. Following this allow the wort to cool, and then transfer it into your fermenter, which is the container in which the wort will be left to ferment.
After your wort is safely inside the fermenter add the yeast, make sure enough oxygen goes in as this aids the fermentation process. Now sit back and let fermentation do its thing for around two weeks. After that duration, bottle your very own American Pale Ale, and enjoy it with friends and family. Brewing American Pale Ale really is that simple.