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- All of you out there currently enjoying that chocolate Bourbon-barrel-Brettanomyces continuously-wet-hopped Imperial black IPA, take a moment and say a silent “thank you” to the humble West Coast American Pale Ale. Sure, it might seem tame to your 21st century craft beer sensibilities and sensory-overloaded palate, but back when Northern Brewer was four dudes and a 20-foot storefront, this style was the “extreme” beer – and it's still going strong. More than any other, this widely-imitated ale is responsible for bringing craft beer into the national consciousness and re-introducing America to real beer. Now it's a classic. Decidedly clean, firmly hoppy, and drinkably bitter, this isn't an ale that feels the need to jump up and down and scream for your attention. From Chico, California to all points of the compass, whether you're pairing it with Mexican, burgers and fries, or just conversation, there's always a good time and a place for a good, basic pale ale.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Sierra Madre Pale Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1052 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.8 / 5.090 ReviewsOne of the house favoritesThis is easy to make and easy to drink. Gone in a week and a half!January 23, 2018Purchased
8 months agoGood purchaseWell organized kit! The instructions are nicely written. Produced a fine barley pop.January 15, 2018Purchased
4 months agoVery good beerA nice collection of hops with a very mellow beer. Clean fermentation on this beer. Very crisp and clean. Fermented out at about 10 days and aged just a bit longer. Really nice drinking beer.January 5, 2018Purchased
4 months agoSolid winnerMy first step out of the one gallon brews and this was a winner. Clear instructions made this easy to brew with another first time brewer who is now hooked on brewing.
Give it an extra week in the bottle to really bring out the flavors.
My wife enjoys this ale enough to exclaim "you need to make more".November 24, 2017Purchased
10 months agoInteresting spiceI thought I was getting just another west coast IPA (which it is), but there is a little more flavor: I can't peg it exactly, but it's almost like a hint of all-spice or nutmeg. Not overpowering, but a nice variation from my otherwise steady intake of hoppy IPA.November 3, 2017Purchased
8 months agoWonderful Beer!Another very good and easy recipe to make. I have purchased many different extract kits from Northern brewer and really have never been disappointed by any of them!July 5, 2017Purchased
1 year agoPut it up aginst what it clones...The only difference I found (see photo). I can't taste a difference.Real thing is on the left. What I got is on the right.July 4, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGreat beerI'm a huge Sierra Nevada Pale ale fan and this is a great clone. I've brewed this twice now and both times it was an easy brew day creating a great beer - I always wish there was more. I changed the bittering hops to Magnum - in line with Sierra Nevada's listed ingredients - and used whole cone Cascade hops. I like whole cone hops but they're messy to work with.
Brewed it twice now - easy to brew and super tasty both times. I'd recommend.June 19, 2017Purchased
11 months agoGreat all American pale ale!This was only my 2nd brew. I tried an amber ale from a different company and was greatly disappointed. But chalked it up to beginners luck. I think I steeped at too high a temperature. This beer did not disappoint. Great flavor. Nice hops. I bought the fast pitch kit and followed the recipe! Highly recommended!May 24, 2017Purchased
1 year agoExcellent for what ale's yeThe brew is an excellent blend of malty ale with hop bitterness that does not overwhelm the experience, i.e., Hopheads need not apply. But for those that love malty ales this is a refreshing dip into a variant where hops play a nice supporting role providing both a mild bitterness and pleasant aroma. Found this to be very refreshing. Would suggest at least four weeks in the keg (six if bottling) before drinking to get to the desired clarity.May 13, 2017Purchased
1 year ago
- Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 24 answersDo I need to add priming sugar if I intend to Keg?BEST ANSWER: No. The purpose of the priming sugar is to allow a small amount of fermentation in the bottle. This provides the carbonation. With a keg you're getting your carbonation through other means.how long do you leave the 2oz of hops in at the end of the boil?BEST ANSWER: Since the final hops are primarily for aroma I have gone between 1 and 2 minutes. Today I started dunking the hop bag at 1 1/2 minutes and dropped it in the brew kettle at 1 minute left. I do leave the bags in during the cold break and only take them out once I have transferred the wort into the fermenter.Do i need to add priming sugar if kegging?BEST ANSWER: Generally, no. Your co2 tank carbonates the beer, whereas when you bottle, that little bit of sugar reacts with the remaining yeast to form co2 in the bottle.I'm looking for a lower IBU but want to dry hop for the nose so, could I just add 1 ounce of cascade at the end of the boil and then save the other ounce to dry hop with in the secondary?BEST ANSWER: Yes you could. I'm guessing you are using leaf hops? I wouldn't dry hop with pellets but pellet hops give better results when used in the boil. Also, I know this recipe calls for a secondary fermentation but that is a lot more work, risks contamination, and isn't necessary anymore with the quality of todays ingredients. It would be better to lower you IBU's during bittering and still add your Cascade hops at the end. That is my opinion, and I have dry hopped, but after brewing so many batches it became a pain for not much return.After adding 3 gallons of water to bring my primary volume to 5 gallons, my gravity reading was 1034. Will that just mean it will have a lower ABV or will that mean something else?BEST ANSWER: I got a low OG reading on a brew a while back. Turns out that I just had not properly mixed the added water into the wort. The instructions say to seal the fermenter and rock it back and forth. That doesn't work very well. Sanitize a large spoon or paddle and stir the wort after you've added the water. Your OG should come very close to what the kit instructions list.I just brewed this kit yesterday. I added water to bring the OG to 1.051. What should I get for FG or % ABV?BEST ANSWER: With an OG of 1.051, you should get about 5%.What type of hops are used for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?BEST ANSWER: CascadeWhat is the difference with the yeast options? Want to order this but if one yeast has better results I want to make sure I get it.BEST ANSWER: A lot of people swear that the yeast makes the different, but I tried three different yeast with this kit, and they all taste the same. If your tongue is sensible enough to taste the different, then I suggest that you look closer to the yeast aftertaste and choose the one that you like. Regardless, your beer will come out just fine with this kit.Just brewed this one for the first time. Hit my O.G. exactly and F.G. came out at 1.000. My question is after transferring to secondary I had close to an inch of Trub and ended up with what looks like less than 5 gallons. It came up to about 2 inches below the (topmost) shoulder ridge of the carboy. Comments?BEST ANSWER: Sounds right. Each time you transfer you will lose some volume. That is why going to a secondary fermenter is basically a thing of the past. With the quality of today's ingredients you can eliminate this step. With your readings you could have started with more than 5 gallons in your primary knowing you would lose some amount to trub.What will the IBUs come out to be on this kit?BEST ANSWER: According to the iBrew app, it will come in at 48.79During secondary fermentation what is the optimal temperature?BEST ANSWER: I'd keep it not-too-far from the primary fermentation temp, perhaps cooler. After the main fermentation is completed, the exact temperature is less critical. The yeast is still doing some work, so you don't want it to be too cool for the yeast to work, but you can have it in a spot that is cooler or holds temp less consistently without causing trouble for the beer.I brewed this beer on 12/31/17. I used Safale US-05 Ale yeast. OG = 1.050, FG = 1.013. I bottled on 2/3/18, leaving the brew in the primary the entire 6 weeks. (I had never left beer in the fermenter this long before but had gotten the impression that longer would be better from what I've read...I won't make that mistake again!) After 2 weeks of bottle conditioning, the beer is flat. Per your documentation elsewhere on the site, lack of carbonation during bottle conditioning can occur for many reasons. The first reason cited, and the one that seems most applicable to my situation, is: "After fermentation the yeast cells that remain in solution may be too stressed or too few to re-start fermentation in the bottle. The likelihood of this happening increases with the length of secondary fermentation and the alcoholic strength of the beer." If this is the cause, you recommend adding more yeast at bottling... which, of course, isn't possible sans time travel. To salvage this batch, should I open all the bottles and dump them gently back into the bottling bucket, add yeast and rebottle? Any other suggestions? Also, I brewed the bourbon barrel porter on 1/1/18 (used Lallemand Danstar Windsor British-Style Beer Yeast
hydrated 15 min before pitching), transferred to secondary on 1/13/18, added bourbon and bourbon-soaked oak cubes to secondary on 1/31/18, and bottled on 2/17/18. Am I going to have the same problem with that brew?