Ideally, we would have a stash of our favorite beverage brewed and bottled and ready for every season. You may have a hankering for a hearty flavor in the winter versus your favorite light beverage to sip on a sunny day by the pool.  On a chilly, wintery day a home brew with a bit of spice like cinnamon, cloves, molasses, or caramel tends to warm the soul.

Home Brew Winter Pale Ale

You can get creative with a winter warmer blend while exercising some restraint, the goal is to brew a fundamentally good beer with a subtle touch of spices for a sweet side that is not overwhelming.  Here is a favorite Pale Ale recipe by our own Brew Master, Will:

Yield: PALE ALE – 5 Gallon

Alcohol Content: ABV 5%

 Ingredients:

Malt

8lb – 2 Row

1lb – Munich

.5lb – Carapils

.5lb – Caramel 40

.5lb – Melanoiden

Hops

Idaho 7 @ 5 minutes = .5 oz

Citra @ 10 minutes = .5 oz

Idaho 7 @ 15 minutes = .5 oz

Citra @ 30 minutes = .5 oz

Galaxy @ Flameout = 2 oz

Directions:

  • Mash grains at 152° for 4-60 minutes.
  • Mash out at 168° with pre boil volume 6.5g.
  • Bring wort to rolling boil.
  • Add hops at specified times above.
  • Chill wort to 70° and pitch yeast.
  • After 10 days rack to bottling bucket or keg.
  • If bottle conditioning use 4 oz of priming sugar.

Raise your glass and Cheers! We hope you enjoy this tasty pale ale, and if you are new to brewing at home and would like some tips on home brewing, we are always here to help.

Quality Brewing Supplies and Ingredients

RainMakers Supply makes home brewing easy with all the quality supplies and equipment you need to start enjoying some tasty home brews.  Look no further for high-quality home brewing equipment such as kettles, regulators, bottles, taps, and more. If you are just starting a new hobby, you might enjoy beginning with a brew your own beer kit or a wine kit.  We can help you understand your options with bottling and capping, with glass long-neck bottles or using resealable bottles like a swing-top lid.  Oxygen Barrier PET bottles are also a good choice for beginners as they block out the light and help to prevent loss of carbonation and oxidation.

We offer a wide selection of quality home brew ingredients such as various grains, hops and yeast which is key to homebrewing quality beverages. Choose from a wide variety of flavorings, additives and home brewing chemicals. Our quality ingredients give you many advantages when brewing your own beer, wine, mead or cider.  The master brewers at Rainmakers Supply can help you to master the brewing and fermentation process, a critical aspect in home brewing.

We want you to enjoy home brewing as much as we do, which is why we offer home brewing classes where you get to meet and mingle with our Brew Masters and learn some tricks of the trade for the tastiest home brews.  Stop by our unique brew and grow store serving Chicagoland and surrounding areas to check out our large inventory of home brew and home growing supplies and equipment. Stay inside this winter and brew your own, there’s no need to leave the house to enjoy your favorite beer.

RainMakers Supply offers everything you need to enjoy some great tasting home brews any time of year.  Check out our wide selection of quality ingredients for some pale ale to warm you bones or a brew kit to make it easy.  Contact us with any questions and stop by the store for all the home brewing equipment and ingredients you need from Chicagoland’s premier home brew store.