In the last post, we discussed the equipment you’d need for small batch experiments. Today’s post covers a versatile, yet reliable recipe for an Amber Ale that you can use for the basis for multiple brewing experiments. Let the mad scientist in you loose!

For a 3 liter extract batch (that’s a 6-pack of 440ml bottles) you will need:


4.5 liters of H2O.

Extract and Specialty Grains

405g Dried Malt Extract
55 g Carared or similar Caramel malt (steep at 65-70C for 30 minutes)
11g Roasted Barley (steep at 65-70C for 30 minutes)


5g of Cascade @ 45 minutes
3g of Cascade @ 16 minutes
3g of Cascade @ flameout


A third of a packet of US-05 dried yeast (or similar American yeast)


A third of a teaspoon of Irish Moss @ 10 minutes.

For a 3 liter full-grain version:

You will need:
590g of Pale 2-row Malt
80g of Carared or similar Caramel Malt
16g of Roasted Barley
Use the same hops, Irish Moss, and yeast.

Mash Schedule (using the BIAB method):

Get your water to 74 C, then add the grains to achieve 66.7 C.
Mash the grains at this temperature for 75 minutes, then mash out at 75 C for 10 minutes and lift the bag.
Do not squeeze the bag.
Your pre-boil gravity should be close to 1.038. Boil for 60 minutes.

Fermentation & Bottling

 Ferment at 16-18C for 2 weeks.

Bottle with 18g of dextrose or keg for 2.3 vols.


Technical Notes

Pre-boil Gravity: 1.038
OG (Original Gravity): 1.050
FG (Final Gravity): 1.011
ABV (Alcohol): 5.1%
IBUs (Bitterness Units): 32


Some Experiments to Try:

As I’ve mentioned before, small-batch brewing can be an excellent opportunity for the homebrewer to experiment. Here are some suggestions for this recipe:
  • Hops: Substitute the Cascade with a different hop, I recommend Centennial, Simcoe, or Fuggles
  • Sugars: Try adding small (about 50-60g) amounts of speciality sugars, such as Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Brown Sugar, or Maple Syrup to the recipe at either 10 minutes, or into the primary fermenter after about three days.
  • Other Flavors: Go wild! Try unconventional flavors like herbs, spices, or fruit. For instance, you can try to add a small pinch of cinnamon at around 5 minutes.


1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Ill definitely be trying these small batch recipes soon, I keep making 23L batches and my stock of beer keeps growing!


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