Homebrewing – Northern Brewer English Pale Ale
Posted on June 29, 2010 by mike
I hate to admit it, but it has been 2 months since the last brew. A lot has been going on and I just fell off the wagon for a few. However, my stash is diminishing quickly, especially since my Extra Pale Ale has come to be one of the best tasting beers I’ve ever made. I find myself drinking more of it than I should, nightly…
So Sunday brought another brew day. I decided, since I was enjoying my Extra Pale Ale, I would give the Northern Brewer English Pale Ale extract kit a try. In true British fashion the main difference in this beer versus the American counterpart is the hops being used. Kent Goldings hops, native to Kent, England, were used in this recipe and they have a spiciness to their aroma that has me very curious about the final product.
Today was about as easy going and relaxing as it gets with homebrewing. It makes me wonder why more people don’t partake in this fine hobby. I was able to clean bottles, drink beer and watch soccer while I brewed up the Northern Brewer English Pale Ale extract kit. The extract kit was pretty run of the mill with its processes so I decided to do a couple of things differently than normal. With a Pale Ale such as this, a variety of yeast isn’t really needed. Normally I am a huge advocate of the wYeast smack packs. They are easy to use and rarely fail me. With a pale ale like this though there isn’t a lot of flavor and aroma that I’m looking for from the yeast so I decided to save a few bucks and give the Nottingham dry yeast a go. I rehydrated the yeast and pitched it into my wort.
With it being summer outside now the temperature really fluctuates inside of our house. I determined that underneath my steps would be a great place to ferment as it only moves up and down a few degrees during the day. However, I still wanted to maintain a better temperature shift than that. So I created a swamp cooler to use which is maintaining the fermentation temperature at 62 degrees F. I’m expecting a fine, crisp tasting pale ale.
Other than these two items, everything else fell right into place. I hit my OG smack on and fermentation started in about 8 hours. In a couple, 3 weeks I will have myself another set of tasty Pale Ales to enjoy before the rest of the summer dwindles away.
Commercial Examples of English Pale Ale’s: Bass Pale Ale, Boddington’s Pub Ale, 8th Street Ale
Brew Day Journal Stats
I adjusted the recipe just a hair by adding in all 6 lbs of the LME at the end. My wife likes a more bitter beer so I thought I would try and get a little more hop utilization and try to maintain a golden color by adding the LME late.
.5 lbs Simpsons Crystal
6 lbs Gold LME (Flame Out)
1 lbs Golden Light DME (60 min)
2 oz East Kent Goldings (60 min)
1 oz East Kent Goldings (1 min)
1 package Nottingham Dry Yeast
O.G. 1.050 | F.G. 1.012 | ABV: 5.0%