Juniper Pale Ale

Special thanks to Barfdiggs on Beeradvocate.com for suggesting this hop schedule!

Ingredients:

  • Briess Golden Light Dry Extract  5 lbs
  • Briess 2-Row Brewer’s Malt  8 oz
  • Crisp Maris Otter  8 oz
  • Briess 2 Row Caramel 10  4 oz
  • Briess 2 Row Caramel 20   4 oz
  • Briess 2 Row Caramel 40   4 oz
  • Briess 2 Row Caramel 60   4 oz
  • Dried Juniper Berries 1 oz
  • 1 oz Northern Brewer at 60
  • 0.5 oz Chinook at 15
  • 1 oz Chinook at Flame out
  • 1.5 oz Willamette at Flame out
  • 0.5 oz Chinook Dry Hop
  • 1 oz Willamette Dry Hop

Procedure:

  1. prepare checklist
  2. lay out ingredients and equipment
  3. bring 1.5 gallons spring water to 165 F
  4. add grains (in mesh bag)
  5. steep for 60 minutes at 155F
  6. In separate pot, pre-boil 2.5 gallons spring water
  7. when grains are finished steeping, remove grain bag, combine wort into boiling pot with pre-heated spring water and bring to boil
  8. add bittering hops, 1 oz NB at 60 minute mark
  9. add the DME and wort chiller at beginning of boil.  make sure wort chiller is pre-filled with hot water
  10. add 0.5 oz chinook at 15 minute mark
  11. add 1 oz juniper berries at the 15 minute mark
  12. add 1/4 tsp Irish moss powder at 15 minute mark
  13. add 0.5 oz chinook and 1.5 oz willamette  at flameout
  14. let stand 15 minutes before beginning cooling
  15. begin sanitation procedures on spoon, thermometer, bucket, wine thief
  16. stir occasionally with sanitized stainless spoon during hop rest and during cooling
  17. while wort is cooling, add 1 gallon chilled spring water to sanitized primary fermenting bucket, allowing it to fall into bucket to increase aeration
  18. when wort gets to about 70F, add to fermentation bucket
  19. top to 5 gallons with chilled spring water
  20. take OG reading with sanitized wine thief
  21. thoroughly aerate wort with sanitized stainless steel spoon
  22. ensure wort is 70F or a little less before pitching yeast
  23. pitch yeast
  24. gently stir using sanitized stainless steel spoon
  25. install sanitized bucket lid and airlock
  26. ferment in closet for 7-9 days at 67F ambient air temp.
  27. after 7-9 days, add 0.5 oz chinook and 1 oz willamette for dry hopping
  28. take FG sample and bottle (after a minimum of 14 days)
  29. use 5 oz corn sugar at bottling

Targets: OG: 1.056    FG:  1.013     IBU: 40    SRM: 7.78    ABV: 5.63

Actual OG: 1.048

Actual FG: 1.016

Notes:

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Comments

  • alcaponejunior  On June 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Was bubbling within three or four hours. Today it’s going crazy.

  • alcaponejunior  On June 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    OK. Checked the gravity today, already down to 1.010

    Sample had good taste and aroma, I think the juniper will come through a little, which is about what I expected. For more juniper taste, next time I will crush the berries.

    Added dry hops, 1/2 oz chinook and 1 oz willamette. A bit heavy on the measurements, I think I actually added about ten grams more than the recipe called for.

  • alcaponejunior  On July 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The first test bottle is being drank right now. It’s pretty fucking good!! It has a very nice pale ale aroma, but is a bit dryer and more pungent than expected. I think the juniper came through exactly as much as I wanted it to, which was “a bit but not too much.” I’m pleased. It’s already carbonated well and has a good mouthfeel. Another week of bottle conditioning and this one should be damn tasty. I’m already declaring this one a success! I plan to try a juniper pale ale again in the future!

  • alcaponejunior  On July 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Time has gone by and this one is drinking very well. I am declaring this recipe a complete success. It tastes good, has a nice aroma, perfect for a pale ale, and has just a touch of juniper character. The body is fine and drinkability is spot-on. I plan to try this again all-grain style next year. For an extract recipe, I certainly think it came out good enough for me to suggest that others can feel free to copy this recipe (or close to it) with fine expected results.

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