AHA Big Brew Day May 2nd

American Homebrew Association (AHA) Big Brew Day This Week

This one day, National Homebrew Day, is the first Saturday of May each year.  This is our largest gathering of homebrewers each year.  Brewers are free to bring down their portable brew systems to the back of the store and enjoy the company of other homebrewers.  Extract and All Grain alike, we can all learn from each other and enjoy some homebrew while we are brewing.

What to Brew?

The AHA has two official brews for the day, though you can brew whatever you want.

Columbus Pale Ale

A very traditional style to the craft beer movement which has won a number of medals.  This brew uses a diverse selection of grains for a complex malt backbone and columbus high Alpha hops for firm bitterness and a citrus finish.

Fermentables Mash 152

8.5 lb (3.9 kg) Pale 2-Row Malt

8.0 oz (227 g) Munich malt

4.0 oz (113 g) Wheat malt

8.0 oz (227 g) CaraVienne® malt

4.0 oz (113 g) 20° L crystal malt

4.0 oz (113 g) Victory malt

8.0 oz (227 g)  honey (added during the boil)


0.5 oz (14 g) Columbus  hops, 13.9% a.a. (60 min)

0.5 oz (14 g) Columbus hops, 13.9% a.a. (15 min)

0.5 oz (14 g) Columbus  hops, 13.9% a.a. (5 min)

1.0 oz (28 g) Columbus  hops, 13.9% a.a. (0 minutes)

1.5 oz (43 g) Centennial  hops, 10.9% a.a. (dry)

Yeast:  Wyeast 1272 American Ale II, Wyeast 1056, Safale US-05 Ale, or Danstar BRY-97, White Labs WLP051 California V Ale,


Boil Time: 75 minutes

Original Gravity: 1.056 (14° P)

Final Gravity: 1.012 (3° P)

SRM: 6°

IBU: 43

ABV: 5.8%

Brewhouse Effi ciency: 70%


For extract, replace the 2 row, Munich and Wheat with 7.5 lbs of Briess Golden Light LME.  Steep the remaining grains.

AHA other recipes include Kolsch and Barley Wine.  Check them out!

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