Centennial Pale Ale Homebrew Recipe

There is no doubt that Spring 2020 has been a trying time for us all. If you are like me you have probably been stuck at home with extra free time and probably buying more alcohol than normal. The silver lining is there has never been a better time to learn to brew your own beer since the start of prohibition.

This month I have found myself craving a simple drinkable American Pale Ale; kind of like the comforting simplicity of grandma’s grilled cheese and tomato soup. I think that this is a great time to remember that a beer recipe does not have to complicated to be tasty. The simplicity showcases each of the ingredients.

All Grain Recipe

Batch Size: 19 liters
Boil Size: 24.7 liters
Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Vol: 22.7 liters
Equipment: Pot and Cooler ( 5 Gal/19 L) – All Grain
Efficiency: 60.00 %

30 L Metro Vancouver Water Water1
5 kgPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain288.0 %
455 gMunich Malt (9.0 SRM)Grain38.0 %
227 gCaramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM)Grain44.0 %
27 gCentennial [10.00 %] – Boil 60.0 minHop533.5 IBUs
15 gCentennial [10.00 %] – Boil 0.0 minHop60.0 IBUs
15 gCascade – Dry hop 2 daysHop70.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

  • Single Infusion: Medium Body with batch Sparge
  • Target Mash Temperature: 65.5c
  • Sparge Water: 15 liters
  • Sparge Temperature: 76c
  • Total Grain Weight: 5.732 kg
  • Grain Temperature: 22c
  • Tun Temperature: 22c
  • Target Mash PH: 5.20

Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color

  • Measured Original Gravity: 1.055 SG
  • Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
  • Actual Alcohol by Vol: 6.2 %
  • Bitterness: 33.5 IBU
  • EST Colour: 7.5 SRM

Dry Hopping, Storage, and Carbonation

Transfer the beer into a clean and sanitized carboy when fermentation is about 80% complete (about 1.020 in this case) but anywhere from 5 to 7 days after brew day should be fine.

Store the carboy in a cool dry place for 2 to 6 weeks.

Dry hop with 15 grams of Cascade three days before you are going to bottle or keg to give the beer a citrusy aroma. You could use centennial hops if you want to maintain the theme, but I personally think that cascade is much better for dry hopping.

Carbonate to 2.3 volumes of CO2

Tasting Notes

This beer reminds me of the simpler days of homebrewing and craft beer, when everyone was using 2 row, crystal 60 and American “C” hops to brew simple hardworking pub-style pale ales.

Honestly, I didn’t like this beer when I first tasted out of the keg. Dry hopping can leave the beer with a glassy aroma that I personally don’t enjoy. The short 3-day dry hopping was meant to prevent the beer from becoming too grassy, but I think that the high alcohol (6.2%) extracted the grassy notes in the cascade hops quickly. After about 3 weeks the grassy notes had disappeared and the beer became drinkable.

It is a dry easy drinking pale ale with a surprisingly sneaky 6.2% alcohol. The cascade citrus hop aromas are noticeable but don’t kick you in the face. Read the BJCP style guide for American Pale Ale 10A here


Nathan Griffiths

Nathan is a seasoned homebrewer and winemaker. He writes about local food and drinks at Liftylife.ca

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