Canada Day Summer Ale

It's the long weekend. I've got this packet of 1056 bulging in the fridge. An American friend of mine's coming up in three weeks to drink my homebrew. What to do? Summer ale, that's what. Ripped off from "Radical Brewing", natch, but with some changes, natch.

I was going to use Willamette with this, because I really like Willamette. But then I read that my LHBS had Motueka hops, and their descriptions sounded perfect:

Motueka Hops, formerly known as B (Belgian) Saaz, comes from Saaz parentage. It is a unique New Zealand grown, dual-use hop with alpha acids at 6.7%. Aromas and flavours are characterized by lively lemon and lime tones with background hints of tropical fruit.

I got my ingredients there, too, and even milled them myself on the bicycle-powered grinder. It's a hell of a lot faster than the Victoria mill I've got, and I just plain felt lazy. And since it was such a hot day (27 C easy), I felt justified in doing this.


Batch size: 5 gallons

Grain bill:

  • 3 kg Gambrinus ESB (man, I love this malt)
  • 0.5 kg Gambrinus Pilsener
  • 0.5 kg Wheat malt
  • 1 kg Jaggery, if I can track it down


  • 1 oz Motueka pellets (6.7%) @ 60
  • 2 oz Motueka pellets @ 20
  • 1 oz Motueka pellets @ 5




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