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Homebrew American IPA Recipe

Pint of American IPA

Pint of American IPA

An American IPA usually uses American two row as its base malt and American hops such as Cascade for bittering/aroma.  The Indian Pale Ale was given its name because it was a pale ale brewed strong and heavily hopped in order to withstand the rigorous ocean voyage to the British troops stationed in India.  This recipe will replicate something close to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale(winter seasonal).  Listed below is a 5 gallon All-Grain home brew recipe for a American IPA. 


7 lbs. American 2-row
4 lbs. Maris Otter Pale
.5 lbs. Caramel/Crystal 60°L
.5 lbs. Caramel/Crystal 80°L
.5lbs. Cara-Pils/Dextrine Malt

Hops and Schedule

1 oz. Chinook (Pellets, 12.80 %AA) boiled 60 min.
.25 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 30 min.
.25 oz. Chinook (Pellets, 12.80 %AA) boiled 30 min.
1 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 0 min.
.75 oz. Chinook (Pellets, 12.80 %AA) Dry Hopped in Secondary.**
.75 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) Dry Hopped in Secondary.**
**Check out our article How to Dry Hop? for more information dry hopping.


WYeast 1056 American Ale

Mash Schedule

Strike grains at 165 degrees.
Mash grains at 155 degrees for 60 minutes.
Sparge with 170 degree water.

Boil Instructions

Bring to boil and add hops per schedule.
At end of 60 minute boil cool wort quickly, when it reaches 80 degrees pitch yeast.

Measurements (American IPA)

OG – 1.050 – 1.070
FG – 1.010 – 1.016
Color(SRM) – 8-14
IBUs – 40-60
ABV 5-6.5%

Ferment Instructions

Primary ferment between 63 – 70 degrees for 1 week, then rack beer to secondary fermenter for 1-2 weeks and add hops(use a hop bag).

Bottling Instructions

Prime with 3/4 cup corn sugar and bottle. Condition in bottle for at least two weeks, best after about a month.