Hoppy Red Ale – All Grain Recipe

Style: American Red Ale
Source: Reddit

The brother-in-law wanted a Red Ale on tap for his birthday. I like Nail Red Ale, and since this recipe uses similar grains, I thought this one would work well.


  • Pale Ale Malt: 2,500g
  • Munich Light Malt: 2,500g
  • CaraRed Malt: 800g
  • CaraAroma Malt: 250g

The grain weights have been adjusted to be easier to order from your local home brew shop, but maintain the same ratios. The hop weights have also been adjusted to suit.


  • Magnum Pellets: 23g
  • Citra Pellets: 45g


  • Volume: 25L
  • Strike Temp: 71oC
  • Mash Temp: 67oC
  • Mash Time: 60mins

Sparge to achieve starting boil volume of 28L.


  • Magnum Pellets: 23g at 60mins
  • Citra Pellets: 12g at 20mins
  • Citra Pellets: 12g at 2mins
  • Citra Pellets: 23g at 0mins


  • Volume: 22L
  • Original Gravity (actual at 22oC): 1.054
  • Yeast: English Ale (ie Safale S-04)

I dry pitched a combination of Morgan’s American Ale Yeast and Safale S-04, which fermented out within 4 days at 18.5oC. The main reason for choosing to use two packets of yeast was to ensure enough time for fermentation, diacetyl rest, crash cool and force carbonate before my brother-in-law’s birthday.

  • Final Gravity: 1.016
  • ABV: 5.2%

Out of the fermenter it tastes great! Slight roasty, caramel aroma and nice hoppy flavour.

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