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American Ale

214 calories 21 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: American Strong Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 6.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.056 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 99% (brew house)
Source: Mongrelized
Calories: 214 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 21 g (Per 12oz)
Created Thursday August 2nd 2018
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
3 lb Flaked Rice3 lb Flaked Rice 40 0.5 27.3%
3 lb American - Pale 2-Row3 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 27.3%
0.5 lb American - Pale 6-Row0.5 lb Pale 6-Row 35 1.8 4.5%
0.5 lb American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt)0.5 lb Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 33 1.8 4.5%
1 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 30L1 lb Caramel / Crystal 30L 34 30 9.1%
1 lb American - Victory1 lb Victory 34 28 9.1%
2 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose2 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose 46 0.5 18.2%
11 lb Total      
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
2 oz Cascade2 oz Cascade Hops Pellet 7 Boil at 204 °F 45 min 35.53 66.7%
1 oz Crystal1 oz Crystal Hops Pellet 4.3 Boil 45 min 10.91 33.3%
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
10.5 qt 163 F. Two 5 gal. mash tuns, 50/50. Infusion 152 °F 60 min
4.2 qt 3-5 quarts boiling. Infusion 162 °F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Wyeast - American Ale 1056
Attenuation (custom):
Optimum Temp:
60 - 72 °F
Fermentation Temp:
75 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 293 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Target Water Profile
Denver, CO--tap water.
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
20 7 18 22 60 60
Denver, CO--tap water.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

9/26/2018--These are the actual numbers I ended up with so far as o.g/f.g--I adjusted them with brewhouse efficiency and custom yeast attenuation in the recipe builder.

With this recipe I wanted to mimic an American Adjunct Lager to some extent but make it stronger with a better hop character. I'd say mission almost accomplished.

Obviously, too much specialty malt (beginners mistake), but I cracked a bottle tonight (bottled 8/26/18 w/ corn sugar), and it is crushable. I have another batch--tweaked for better results--on deck. That batch will get kegged plus about 12 - 12oz bottles. This batch may turn out to be dangerous--crushable @ 6.74%.

1/1/2019--been kegging some good beer lately, and I forgot all about this one. This was my second batch and a pre Clawhammer beer. Drank some tonight--4 bottles to bring in the new year. It pours to a brilliant clarity and tastes pretty darn good.

This is definitely hoppier than the beers I've been brewing lately, and I kind of like it. I've been following the hop utilization calculators to a tee and I think it is time to tweak them out a little. There's no way I'm getting 100% from pellets--65% sounds much more reasonable. We'll see. This beer had a lot of specialty malts--too much--so it was a good lesson. Nevertheless, this is some good stuff. I'll finish it off; lay it to rest; put it out of its misery; that is to say--drink it all gone.

2/26/2019--The forgotten ale! My second batch in 20+ years--it was bottled and forgotten. It has been in the bottles for 6 months now so I figured I should drink it. This beer is brilliant now and it is drinkable. I have about a case of 12-ouncers left. They will last a couple of weeks and give my amber and brown ales time to carbonate proper. Surprisingly, this is real close to a Breckenridge Avalanche as far as color, clarity, hoppiness, and taste are concerned. This makes me want to bottle more beer in the future and forget about it. The picture is not a good representation of this ale anymore. However, this ale is another solid argument for patience in all things homebrewed.

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