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Tiny Bottom Pale Ale

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Batch Size (gallons)5.25
Recipe typeAll Grain
Style10A. American Pale Ale
Original Gravity1.050
Final Gravity1.010
ABV5.25% (basic)   /   5.24% (advanced)       [what's this?]
Color8.1 SRM
Boil Time60 min

YeastWhite Labs WLP090 (San Diego Super Yeast)

Pale Malt (2 Row) US7 lbs 14 oz78.3%2
Vienna Malt 11 oz6.8%3.5
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L 11 oz6.8%15
Victory Malt 8 oz5%25
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 5 oz3.1%60

Magnum (Boil)1.1 oz6014%26.9
Perle (Boil)1.1 oz208%7
Fuggles (Boil)1 oz104.5%1.8
Fuggles (Boil)1 oz24.5%1.6

Directions- Mash at 152°F for 60 minutes (4 gallons)
- Sparge with 170°F water (4.75 gallons)
- Chill to 64°F prior to pitching yeast starter

- Ferment at 66°F for 3-4 days then allow to free rise up to 72° over the next week
- Cold crash for 24+ hours after FG is stable (10-14 days)
- Package, carbonate, enjoy!

I originally designed this beer to build up a big slug of a new yeast I'd recently picked up, WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast, for a higher OG beer (this was before my days of harvesting from starters). Since I was planning to eventually pitch fresh wort onto the yeast cake, I wanted that first beer to have a moderate OG, pale, and not terribly hoppy. It wasn't intended to be anything special. I had the idea to blend a more American-type grist with a more European-type hop schedule. The resultant beer was kegged within 2 weeks and gone in 4, Tiny Bottom Pale Ale became a beer folks would ask for by name with its interestingly delicious blend of crisp American maltiness, floral and earthy hop character, and great balance provided by WLP090 yeast, my go-to strain for American ales.

Recipe Reviews

Type: Brewed this Beer

I brewed this beer a few weeks back for a tailgate party at a Texans game.. so my review of it won't be the most scientific, as it wasn't under normal conditions of taste testing standards.. I was a little low on my original gravity, once the fermented gravity stabilized I cold crashed and bottled.. My LHBS did not have the WLP090 so I had to substitute with wyeast 1056.. once they get some WLP090 in stock, I will switch to that..

Appearance- looked great, although I mostly remember it in a solo cup.. I remember it having a fair amount of clarity during the pour..

Aroma- not a huge aroma, but has a faint bitterness that can be detected.. again, it was in a solo cup, which doesn't express aroma all that well

Taste- loved the taste, great body/texture, perfect amount of bitterness while still being malt forward..

Overall- outstanding beer, I'm definitely brewing it again in the future..

posted by blur_yo_face on 1/27/2015

This all grain American Pale Ale homebrew recipe was submitted by brulosopher.