Electric Pale Ale

Electric Hop Candy (New England style IPA / NEIPA)

 

Testimonials

"Just wanted to share with you my recent happiness with using your recipes from the website. I have been AG brewing for 4years and in the past month made both the Electric Pale Ale and the Electric IPA with outstanding results. Very balanced beers and easily the best I’ve made. I followed the recipes through including the water profiles and can’t believe how good they turned out. Last night I tried the EIPA after it had been carbonating for a couple of days, WOW!" - Dan P.

"Brewed this for the first time.... After tasting it, it won't be the last. Especially great on a hot afternoon." - anthonyroggero

"Just had my first taste of this and it's amazing. Looking forward to making many more batches of this!" - RacingRam

"After having this sit in the bottles for just over a week, I found a flaw with this recipe: The beer seems to magically disappear. I just started drinking it a few days ago and a quarter of the batch is gone. Fantastic recipe. Everyone who's tried it can't believe it's home made. This will definitely be a regular on the brew circuit. I think I need better equipment so I can brew larger batches..." - TheWulf

"Wow, if you have not brewed this beer I highly suggest you do. It is getting better as each day goes by. The aroma is just absolutely amazing, the taste is awesome as well. It's just like how a APA should be." - pola0502ds

"This is my new favorite. I entered this into my first beer contest and won first place in the Pale Ale category." - g8tors

"I followed this recipe to the letter and am just now enjoying the first taste after bottle conditioning for a week. It is fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe!" - matto

"This one's a winner, the wife loves the hop flavor and aroma. She's not a hop head so she was loving the clean and not bitter finish. The flavor is excellent and it's really drinkable. Also this was my first ever brew!" - Besk one

"This beer is awesome! Everyone that has tasted it just raves about how good it is." - Guzzler

 

Introduction

Our original signature beer! First brewed in 2009.

This is an all late-addition American Pale Ale (APA) where hops are only added in the last 20 minutes to give it very smooth bitterness with a massive hop flavour.

The Electric Pale Ale is one that we've made many times now and everyone who tries it raves about it. We made minor changes to the hop bill over the first year or two until until we got it exactly the way we liked it. It's one of our house beers that is often on tap as it's dry and thirst quenching.

A large portion of the hop goodness comes from the Citra dry hops - they're essential (in our humble opinion). We've also tried this recipe with 100% Citra hops but it just wasn't the same (it was somewhat one dimensional). We prefer this version here. Try both and let us know what you think!

 

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The Electric Pale Ale

Size: 12.0 gal (post-boil @ 68F)
Mash Efficiency: 95%
Attenuation: 82%
Original Gravity: 1.056 (style range: 1.045 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.010 (style range: 1.010 - 1.015)
Colour: 5.9 SRM (style range: 5 - 10)
Alcohol: 6.0% ABV (style range: 4.5% - 6.2%)
Bitterness: 37 IBU (style range: 30 - 50)

Mash:
15.5 lb Domestic 2-Row Malt (78.5%)
3.5 lb Weyermann Vienna Malt (17.7%)
0.75 lb Crystal Malt 40L (3.8%)

Boil:
1 oz Centennial Hops (9.2%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min [8.0 IBU] 
1 oz Amarillo Hops (8.2%) - added during boil, boiled 20 min [7.2 IBU]
1 Whirlfloc Tablet (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
2 oz Centennial Hops (9.2%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min [11.5 IBU] 
2 oz Amarillo Hops (8.2%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min [10.2 IBU]

Post-boil:
2 oz Centennial Hops (9.2%) - added immediately after boil 
2 oz Amarillo Hops (8.2%) - added immediately after boil

Yeast:
36g Fermentis Safale US-05 dry yeast* (or an appropriate starter)

Dry hop: 
2 oz Citra Hops (11.1%) - added to primary fermenter near end of fermentation, steeped 3-5 days

*If you prefer to use liquid yeast, Wyeast 1056 American Ale or White Labs WLP001 California Ale are excellent choices as they are the same clean fermenting Chico strain as US-05. You'll need to use 4 packs/vials or make an appropriate starter.

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Notes / Process:

  • Add 500mg potassium metabisulphite to 20 gallons water to remove chlorine / chloramine (if required).
  • Water treated with brewing salts to our Hoppy flavour profile: Ca=110, Mg=18, Na=16, Cl=50, SO4=275 (Basically Randy Mosher's ideal Pale Ale numbers with slightly less Sulphate). For complete details on how to adjust your water, refer to our step by step Water Adjustment guide.
  • 1.25 qt/lb mash thickness.
  • Single infusion mash at 152F for 90 mins.
  • Raise to 168F mashout temperature and hold for 10 mins.
  • ~90 min fly sparge with ~5.6-5.8 pH water (measured at mash temperature). Collect 13.9 gallons.
  • Boil for 60 minutes, adding Whirlfloc and hops per schedule. Lid on after post-boil hops are added, start chilling immediately.
  • Cool the wort quickly to 66F (we use a one-pass convoluted counterflow chiller to quickly lock in hop flavour and aroma) and transfer to fermenter.
  • Aerate well. Pure oxygen from a tank may be used at a rate of 1 litre per minute for 60 seconds per 5 gallons.
  • Pitch yeast and ferment at 66-68F (wort temperature). We use modified stainless fermenting buckets in wine fridges.
  • Add dry hops once fermentation is nearing completion (i.e. 5 points from terminal gravity) and raise the temperature to 70-72F. In our case we simply turn off the fermenting fridges and allow the beer to naturally rise to room temperature. Steep hops for 3-5 days while fermentation finishes.
  • Before packaging you may optionally rack to a brite tank (we use 5 gallon glass carboys) that has been purged with CO2 to avoid oxygen pickup, add 1 tsp of unflavoured gelatin dissolved in a cup of hot distilled water per 5 gallons of beer, and allow to clear for 2-3 days. Gelatin may "round off" some hop flavour / aroma so we tend to skip this step with hop forward beers like this.
  • Package as you would normally. We rack to kegs that have first been purged with CO2, and then carbonate on the low side (around 2 volumes of CO2) to minimize carbonic bite and let the hop and malt flavours shine through. We chill the kegs to near freezing while carbonating at the same time in a 6-keg conditioning fridge. After ~1-2 weeks at serving pressure the kegs will be carbonated and ready to serve. Like all hop forward beers this IPA is best consumed fresh so feel free to raise the CO2 pressure temporarily to 30-40 PSI to carbonate fast over a 24 period, and then turn back down to serving pressure. Some hop bits will have invariably made their way into the keg during transfer so we use a Hop Stopper Keg Edition filter to ensure that hops do not clog the dip tube and/or end up in the glass. Force carbonating at high pressure and using a Hop Stopper filter allows us to serve this beer 24 hours after kegging. There's no need to wait a few days for any hop bits that made their way into the keg to first settle out.

For detailed brewing instructions, see our Brew Day Step by Step guide.

Enjoy!

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Pictures / Videos

6 hour slow smoked ribs and Electric Pale Ale6 hour slow smoked ribs and Electric Pale Ale. Perfect combo!

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First wort #hops added to the boil kettle at the start of the #sparge to give a really smooth bitterness. How's that work? To quote How To Brew: "As the boil tun fills with wort (which may take a half hour or longer), the hops steep in the hot wort and release their volatile oils and resins. The aromatic oils are normally insoluble and tend to evaporate to a large degree during the boil. By letting the hops steep in the wort prior to the boil, the oils have more time to oxidize to more soluble compounds and a greater percentage are retained during the boil. A blind tasting among professional German brewers determined that the use of FWH resulted in a more refined hop aroma, a more uniform bitterness (i.e. no harsh tones), and a more harmonious beer overall compared to an identical beer produced without FWH." Delicious! TheElectricBrewery.com ... A step by step guide to building your own brewery #TheElectricBrewery #electricbrewery #electricbrewing #homebrewing #homebrew #brewing #craftbeer

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