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Eric's Pale Ale

Brewed: 06/05/2022   Kegged: 06/11/2022

In Updating the Colorado 6 Pack, I mentioned that I was updating my Homebrew Colorado 6 pack, replacing 3 beers that no longer exist.

The first replacement was T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager vs Ska Mexican Logger. That really turned out well.

Around March of 2022, I decided to brew my third update of the list. I wanted to brew a beer inspired by Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale.


I thought all I would have to do for this recipe was take my Irregular Eric Double IPA and simply reduce a little bit.

This is the recipe I came up with. 

A hoppy pale ale featuring lots of Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops. Really almost even call it an I.P.A.

Great hoppy beer.

Note: My first batch was significantly lighter in color than DPA (6.6 SRM vs 8.5 SRM). It also ended up at 6.1% ABV vs 6.5% ABV. My calculated bitterness was lower too (48 vs 65), but I think the perceived bitterness was pretty close.

On untappd: Eric's Pale Ale

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Eric's Pale.

Eric's Pale Ale --- Batch 1 (311)

Style American Pale Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   65.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.057 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 48.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.9 %
BU : GU   0.845        
Recipe Color 6.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.057    Measured FG:   1.011 
ADF:   80   Measured ABV:   6.1 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.63 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
11.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
12 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 4 94.1 % 0.94 gal
12.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 5 5.9 % 0.06 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [14.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 6 29.9 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.000 oz Centennial [11.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 7.5 IBUs -
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.60 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 10.6 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -
1.000 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - 3.0 Days Before Bottling for 0.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 5.0 hours) Fining 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 32.14 qt of water at 159.1 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Inspired by Dales Pale Ale
From Denver Water, water additions put the water profile at:
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 60 for a day and let rise to mid 60's for the rest of the week. Then let the temperature go where it wants.
Add half dry hop in hop sacks for a few days before kegging.
Keg carbonate.
Add the rest of dry hops in the keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.052 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
05/29/2022 esheppy
Bought ingredients today at the Brew Hut. Not sure when I'll brew.
06/05/2022 esheppy
Brew day went well today. OG right on plan. Did have an issue with the GFCI, but was able to overcome. Pitched at 56ish. Just sprinkled yeast into wort. Set controller at 62 for now.
06/05/2022 esheppy
Note ... I believe this is the first time I've used the pump to transfer into the fermentor rather than using gravity. I think I'll make this the normal.
06/07/2022 esheppy
Fermentation took off late afternoon / early evening yesterday and is going strong this morning. Tilt says 1.052 at 64. Will probably take temp control off by end of day. delete
06/09/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.027 at 66. Turned off temp control. I think I want to brew a lager this weekend, so I might transfer this to keg early.
06/11/2022 esheppy
Tilt at 1.019 and 68 degrees. Since I wanted to use the fermenter tomorrow, I kegged today. Leaving out at room temp to allow beer to finish up for a week. Hydrometer gravity at 1.012. So we're at 5.9% abv. Probably close to final.
06/14/2022 esheppy
Been sitting at room temp in the keg for the past few days. I took a sample to see how it is progressing. Lots of pressure built up which makes me think maybe there was some more fermentation, but maybe not. Pour was very cloudy. The color is more pale than I think of DPA. The flavor and aroma is very good. I think this will be great once it clarifies. I think after I chill it, I'll add some gelatin.
06/16/2022 esheppy
Poured another pint. Again, very pressurized. Not as much yeast cloud, but still very hazy. I think the FG fell point from kegging time. Put the keg in the kegerator to let it chill. No CO2 attached yet.
06/19/2022 esheppy
Added .5tsp gelatin in .5 cup water. Was still quite a bit pressure on keg so I poured a sample. A tiny bit carbonation. Still very hazy. Still delicious. Set gas at 20 psi.
06/22/2022 esheppy
Have not looked at this since I added the gelatin. The CO2 tank has run out, so carbonation still has quite a ways to go. Clarity is better, but still not anywhere close to clear. Nice golden color (pretty much exactly what the color swatch shows in Beer Smith), certainly lighter than DPA. Great flavor. Better than DPA.
06/24/2022 esheppy
Carbonation getting close. Still not overly clear. Great flavor.
07/10/2022 esheppy
Keg blew tonight. Yummy beer while it lasted.
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