Cascade Hoppy Pale Ale with Pure Hop Aroma Extract

I’ve missed having a really powerfully hoppy beer in my kegs recently, so I decided to brew one right up.

As beers go this was a straight-down-the-line, no-pissing-about, sort of affair.  The only slight difference was that I included a bit of aromatic malt to the grist bill, hopefully with a view to giving the whole thing a bit of a solid, but not cloying, malt body.

The mash regime was a very simple dough-in at 38C, a saccharification rest at 67C (80 minutes) and mash-out at 76C (10 minutes) and a 60 minute boil.

For bittering I used up some Chinook and Herkules that I had in the freezer, the rest of the hops (all late hops, I might add) were 100g of Cascade pellets.  No dry-hopping for this beauty – I’m experimenting with some Cascade pure hop aroma oil that I got from Rob at The Malt Miller (http://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=244)

Trouble is, I’ve got no idea how much to add?  The instructions on the bottle say 1ml per 10l of beer – but that seems a bit miserly; have you tried it?  What your suggestion?  Maybe I’ll ask Rob, too…

Here’s the recipe, anyway.  Oh yes, I’m using US-05 to ferment this – as I want the yeast character right out of the way – this one’s all about the hops:

Cascade hoppy ale

I’ll let you know how it goes…we’re only a couple days into the fairly business-like US-05 fermentation.

PS: I hit the 1056 gravity smack on the head, but with 25L of wort, so I was quite a bit over.  I’m hoping the yeast will slay this wort to 1009 and that’ll get to almost 6%.  Sweet.

4 thoughts on “Cascade Hoppy Pale Ale with Pure Hop Aroma Extract

  1. The starting rate I have advised would be very subtle in this particular brew as it has a fair few hops to stand up against, I would suggest at least 2ml per 10l, see how you go.

    • Well. It was fine in the end, and I mean: at the end of the keg. It seems that you have to mix our shake this stuff in well. The last pint I had out of the keg was delightfully hoppy on the nose.

      In reality, it’s an aroma thing only…and while it’s good, I’d really recommend using it in conjunction with some good old dry hopping…

      Let me know how you get on…

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