This is just a partial log of what I've made.
English style Pale Ale — See the dedicated page with step by step instructions and pictures.
American style Pale Ale — Like the above English Pale Ale except:
- Crushed crystal 60L malted grain, 12 ounces (340.2 grams).
- 2.2 liters liquid light malt extract, a thick liquid.
- Bittering hops: 1.5 ounce (42.52 grams) Northern hops, 6.5% alpha acid.
- Finishing hops: 1.5 ounces (42.52 grams) Willamette hops, 4.5% alpha acid.
Initial specific gravity: 1.027
Final specific gravity: 1.010
%ethanol = 2.16 - 2.28%
- Place 12 liters of distilled water in a sanitized fermenter, refrigerate (by placing on balcony during winter).
- Place 350 grams of crushed Carapils malt grain in a cheesecloth sack, suspend it in a large pot containing 8 liters of distilled water.
- Slowly heat water to 80 C.
- Remove grain sack.
- Increase heat, bring water with grain "tea" to a boil.
- 1.5 kg light liquid malt extract
- 1 kg light spray-dried malt extract
- Return to boil.
- Add bittering hops: 28g Perle hops, alpha = 7.2%.
- Boil for 55 minutes.
- Add finishing hops: 28g Saaz hops, alpha = 5%.
- Boil for 5 minutes.
- Pour hot wort through a fine-mesh strainer into fermenter containing 12 liters of cold distilled water. Filter aggressively! There will be a mass of green oobleck far out of proportion to the amount of hops, keep that mess out of the fermentation chamber.
- When mixture is near room temperature, add yeast and install fermentation lock.
Initial SG: 1.034
Final SG: 1.007
%ethanol: 3.429 - 4.119%
Munton's Continental Pilsener kit
- A very easy kit, yet one of the closest to a Pilsener of any of the "Pilsener" or "Australian ale" kits I've used.
- Primed with Munton's Kreamyx rather than sugar, it's spray-dried malt extract (for priming) plus propylene glycol alginate (for head production and retention).
Initial SG: 1.044
Final SG: 1.012
%ethanol: 4.064 - 4.790%
Munton's (Russian) Imperial Stout kit
- Again, Munton's kits are very easy and produce good results. Nicely smokey results in this case.
- Primed with Munton's Kreamyx, or "foaming agent" as it seems.
Initial SG: 1.042
Final SG: 1.012
%ethanol: 3.810 - 4.522%
- Very good results.
Initial SG: 1.032
Final SG: 1.010
%ethanol: 2.794 - 3.449%
Woodforde's Norfolk Wherry Best Bitter
- This is really a Monton's kit, based on a British pub ale that won a CAMRA competition. Very good results. I had a couple of business trips and Thanksgiving, so this sat in the primary fermenter for almost four weeks before bottling. Maybe that is the reason for the low final specific gravity. Bottled two liters without priming for the pub style, primed the remainder lightly and bottled in 12-ounce bottles.
Initial SG: 1.040
Final SG: 1.006
%ethanol: 4.318 - 5.057%