Homebrew Crisp Golden Ale

  • Quaffable summer ale
  • ABV 4.5%
  • IBU 20
  • OG 1043 SG

This classic Golden Ale recipe is all about showcasing hops without any caramel sweetness. The Cara Gold achieves the golden colour without any caramel sweetness but also lends the beer some body and a rounded mouthfeel despite the dry finish. Perfect on cask, for a quaffable summer ale.

BASICS

BATCH SIZE  FERMENTER:

25 l

BATCH SIZE BOIL:

27.75 l

ORIGINAL GRAVITY:

1043 SG

FINAL GRAVITY:

1008 SG

IBUs:

20

COLOUR (EBC/SRM):

10.5 / 5

BREWHOUSE EFFICIENCY:

75%

METHODS / TIMINGS

TEMPERATURES

MASH TEMP:

66°C / 151°Fv

FERMENTATION TEMP: 

21°C / 70°F

TARGET ATTENUATION:

83%

MASH LIQUOR VOL (LITRES):

12.1

LIQUOR / MASH RATIO:

2.5 : 1

TIMINGS

MASH:

60 mins

BOIL:

60 mins

STAND:

30 mins

INGREDIENTS

MALTS(kg)%

BEST ALE

4.274

90

CARA GOLD

0.572

10

YEAST

WINDSOR ALE

HOPS(g)Contribution%Alpha Acid%Addition

FIRST GOLD

10

30

7.5

Start of boil

MINSTREL

12.5

30

6

Middle

MINSTREL

8.33

20

6

Flame out

EAST KENT GOLDINGS

7.69

20

6.5

Flame out

HOPS

FIRST GOLD

(g)

10

Contribution%

30

Alpha Acid%

7.5

Addition

Start of boil

MINSTREL

(g)

12.5

Contribution%

30

Alpha Acid%

6

Addition

Middle

MINSTREL

(g)

8.33

Contribution%

20

Alpha Acid%

6

Addition

Flame out

EAST KENT GOLDINGS

(g)

7.69

Contribution%

20

Alpha Acid%

6.5

Addition

Flame out

Mike'S TOP TIP

The 3°C free rise in fermentation temperature encourages yeast growth in the first 24 to 36 hours in FV.

Malts used in this Recipe

Best Ale Malt

Our Best Ale Malt is the workhorse of many a brewery and is at home in a variety of beer styles. The 2-row winter barley varieties that go into our Best Ale have been planted in the light, sandy soils of North Norfolk. We source the lowest nitrogen barley from our farmers.

During malting, high cast moistures and a balance of optimal germination time and temperature results in an even, well modified malt with a rich colour and balanced sweet, malt flavour which is ideally suited to ale brewing.

Find out more here.

Cara Gold Malt

Cara Gold Malt is the lowest colour of the crystallised malts. Cara Gold yields fruity, and toffee flavour notes that are carried through to the beer.

This low malt colour produces a golden orange lager with increased body and fullness and a softer, rounder mouthfeel with improved drinkability.

Find out more here.

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