Tasty has been talking about a flavorful low gravity pale ale. Just wondering if there has been any recent developments as far as a recipe?
Because of other brewing needs (CYBI), I had to temporarily stop my recipe development on my hoppy session pale. Hereâ€™s my last malt bill.
55.6% Pale Malt(2-row Rahr)
22.2% Pilsner Malt (Belgium)
8.3% Crystal 15L
2.8% Crystal 40L
2.8% Wheat Malt
This recipe goes against the normal convention that if you have too much crystal the beer is going to be sweet or candy-like. For some reason, the large amount of Pilsner in the base makes the beer attenuate extremely well. In fact, like the Tasty APA, I have to mash this beer at 154F or else it would finish too low and I wouldn't get as much body as I'm looking for.
Iâ€™m trying to give the beer as much body as possible. The thinking being that this will allow me to hop the beer aggressively while keeping the beer in balance. Well hopped, low body light beers taste like hop tea to me.
Iâ€™ve brewed this beer at both 1.054 and 1.047 OG, 32 and 26 IBUâ€™s. Both were well attenuated with only a trace of candy-like flavor which played well against the hops. Iâ€™ve brewed the 1.054 version with as much as 11% Crystal 15L (less two-row) and the sweetness was minimal with even more body. I intend to try even more C15.
Iâ€™m optimistic that I can brew a 4.2% â€“ 4.5% beer that can be both hoppy and satisfying (filling).