Beer Recipe : Amarillo India Pale Ale

Adapted from Amarillo Pale Ale - Gold Metal American Ale


  • Target OG 1.054 (75% eff, 5.5 gallon)
  • Target FG 1.012 (75% att)
  • Target ABV 5.51%

Ingredients (5 gallon)

  • 4 gallons strike water, plus 4 gallons for sparging
  • 4.25 lb Pilsner Malt
  • 3.5 lb 6-Row Pale Malt
  • 0.5 Vienna Malt
  • 0.5 Bonlander or Munich Malt
  • 0.5 Victory or Biscuit Malt
  • 0.5 Wheat Malt
  • 5 oz Amarillo (~9.6 Alpha Acids)
  • 1 packet Safale US-05
  • 5 oz sucrose (table sugar)


Mash for 60 minutes. Keep mash as close to 153 °F as possible, keeping the grains between 149 °F and 155 °F.


Boil for 60 minutes, skimming early and often to prevent boil-over..

  • 1 oz Amarillo (1st wort - add to first runnings)
  • 2 oz Amarillo (60 min)
  • 1 Whirlfloc tab (10 min)
  • 1 oz Amarillo (0 min - flameout)
  • 1 oz Amarillo (dry hop)


Leave in a near-room-temperature location (65 °F to 70 °F).

  • Primary fermentation for 7 days
  • Secondary fermentation for 4 days
  • Dry-hop remaining 1 oz Amarillo in secondary for 10 days


Combine the priming sugar with 1 cup filtered water, heating and stirring gently to combine. Rack from fermentor into cooled (70 °F) mixture.

Using the Northern Brewer Priming Sugar Calculator; estimated with 4.5 gallons of beer with a pre-cold-crash temperature of 68 °F we get 2.8vols with 121g (4.28oz) of table sugar.

Bottle condition three (3) weeks near room temperature (68 °F to 70 °F). After three (3) weeks, store cooler if possible. Refrigerate at least 48 hours before drinking, preferably one or two weeks.


Batch #039

  • 2017-DEC-31: Ambient temperature 50F. Calculated strike temperature to 165F and HLT water to 173F; 175F into mash tun; 165F after 10 minutes (lid on); 151F five (5) minutes after mash-in; pH 5.2; measured 149.5F after 60 minutes. Multiplied Amarillo hops amounts by 1.5 to account for age and slightly lower AA than recipe. Placed 75.5F wort into stainless bucket with US-05.
  • 2018-JAN-15: Racked to secondary, dry-hopped remaining 1oz Amarillo and 1oz Citra; moved from man-cave (52F) to office closet (60F).
  • 2018-JAN-28: 4.5 gallon in fermentor; bottled 4 gallons @63.6F with 104g (3.86oz) of Zulka Morena in 3/4 cup water, target 2.8 vols.
  • 2018-FEB-13: Bottled with 115g Zulka Morena sugar

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