Chisholm Trail Cervesas
Honey Pale Ale
( a family of brews )
By:
Jesse and Alexandra Chisholm


"Remember, cleanliness is next to essential!"
-- Reverend Frank Benz, on making homemade wine

This family of brews are variations of a Honey Pale Ale.

Try the basic HPA with different varieties of hops, or different varieties of honey, or different yeast strains. The subtle differences can be delightful and surprizing.

The HPA recipe starts at a specific gravity of about 1.070, and finishes at about 1.010. This produces a brew that is about 5% - 6% alcohol. The Honey is slow to ferment, so it leaves residual sweetness even after the malt has completely fermented.

Your fermentation process will go quicker if you do not add the honey in the main boil, but dilute it to about the same specific gravity as your malt, and boil it separately. Cool it and add it to your main fermenter after about 4 days. This allows the yeast to get well established before the honey is added. Watch for a potential second foam up once the yeast notice the sugar influx.


Honey Pale Ale -- Ingredients
5 lbs pale malt syrup
3 lb honey
1 oz Saaz hops
1 vial White Labs Irish Ale Yeast
5 gal good tasting water (tap water is fine, use what you normally drink)
3/4 cup bottling sugar (very finely powdered corn sugar)
 
Use entire 1 oz of hops as initial hops.
There are no final hops.
There are no flavorings.

Scottish Summer -- Ingredients
5 lbs pale malt syrup
3 lb orange blossom honey
2 cups rolled oats
1 oz Cascade hops
1 vial White Labs Irish Ale Yeast
5 gal good tasting water (tap water is fine, use what you normally drink)
3/4 cup bottling sugar (very finely powdered corn sugar)
 
Use entire 1 oz of hops as initial hops. Put the rolled oats in the bag with the hops.
There are no final hops.
There are no flavorings.

Honey Heather -- Ingredients
5 lbs pale malt syrup
3 lb honey
2 cups Heather blossoms
1 oz Cascade hops
1 vial White Labs Irish Ale Yeast
5 gal good tasting water (tap water is fine, use what you normally drink)
3/4 cup bottling sugar (very finely powdered corn sugar)
 
Use entire 1 oz of hops as initial hops. Put the heather blossoms in the bag with the hops.
There are no final hops.
I find that this brew needs to mellow in the bottle for a couple of months longer than my other brews.



Common Procedure

Basic steps I use in my recipes.



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