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Homebrewing a Northeast (NE) Coffee Pale Ale

Homebrewing a Northeast (NE) Coffee Pale Ale

I’ve had a few excellent craft ales with coffee in them, my favorites being Magnify’s ( Most Important Meal and Carton’s ( Regular Coffee.  I sought out to create my own NE style coffee pale ale with cold brew added at the time of kegging.

For the coffee I chose Kuma’s Kiaguthu Kenya offering ( as it had tasting notes of Cranberry, Grapefruit, Peach, and Fruit Punch which I believe would pair perfectly with the citra hopped coffee pale ale.

I just kegged it today after brewing the cold brewed coffee overnight – it both looks and smells excellent.  It is currently conditioning around 14 PSI in my keezer and will be ready in about two weeks.

I was hoping for around 1.050 OG with a 1.014 FG, and I ended up with a 1.060 OG and 1.010 FG (6.56% ABV) as my efficiency was very good and had great attenuation.  I exclusively used Citra hops, both during the boil, at flameout, and multiple dry hop dosages.  I also used Wyeast – London Ale III 1318  as my liquid yeast, as this is said to be one of the key strains for a NE style ale.  The other key component to the coffee pale ale was the flaked oats as well as oat malt.

Pictures and recipe below!



Title: Northeast Coffee Citra Pale Ale

Brew Method: BIAB
Style Name: American Pale Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (ending kettle volume)
Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.042
Efficiency: 80% (ending kettle)


Original Gravity: 1.057
Final Gravity: 1.014
ABV (standard): 5.6%
IBU (tinseth): 39.66
SRM (morey): 5.84

4 lb – American – Pale Ale (36.4%)
1 lb – Flaked Oats (9.1%)
1 lb – United Kingdom – Oat Malt (9.1%)
1 lb – American – Munich – Light 10L (9.1%)
4 lb – United Kingdom – Golden Promise (36.4%)

2 oz – Citra, Type: Pellet, AA: 11, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 29.72
1 oz – Citra, Type: Pellet, AA: 11, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 8.17
2 oz – Citra, Type: Pellet, AA: 11, Use: Dry Hop after 3 days for 12 days
1 oz – Citra, Type: Pellet, AA: 11, Use: Boil for 1 min, IBU: 1.77

1) Infusion, Temp: 150 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 7.5 gal
2) Infusion, Temp: 168 F, Time: 10 min, Amount: 7.5 gal

1 cup – Coffee – added at time of kegging

Wyeast – London Ale III 1318
Starter: No
Form: Liquid
Attenuation (avg): 73%
Flocculation: High
Optimum Temp: 64 – 74 F
Fermentation Temp: 67 F
Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / deg P)


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Date: 2017-06-15 15:59 UTC
Recipe Last Updated: 2017-05-24 00:10 UTC