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Homebrewers will celebrate May 6 by making pale ale

Mar 24, 2000 - The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will hold its third annual Big Brew Celebration on May 6. For last year's Big Brew, 2,180 registered participants gather at 265 brewing sites in 47 states and 8 foreign countries.

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During Big Brew, homebrewers from around the world gather at local sites for a day of brewing and celebration of the hobby. Participants will brew from the same recipe and share in a simultaneous toast at noon (CST).

The official Big Brew 2000 recipe is based on the 18 attempts of Chris P. Frey of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild and Fermental Order of Renaissance Draughtsmen (FORD) to emulate Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The August AHA Club-Only Competition will feature "The Best of Big Brew." The best beer from each club brewed from one of the recipes will compete in the competition.

Congress officially recognized May 6 as National Homebrew Day in 1988.

Nearly Nirvana Pale Ale

Official Recipe of Big Brew 2000
Developed by Chris P. Frey of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild and FermentalOrder of Renaissance Draughtsmen (FORD).

All-Grain Recipe for 5 gallons:
6.5 gallons water (2.5 mash, 4 sparge)
1 T Gypsum (unless using hard water)
9 lb U.S. two row malt
1/2 lb U.S. crystal malt 60 L
1/2 lb U.S. dextrin malt
1 oz Perle hops (bittering)
1oz Cascade hops (flavor)
1/2 t Irish moss
1/2 oz Cascade hops (aroma)
1oz Cascade hops (dry hop)
Wyeast 1056 liquid ale yeast

Extract with Grain Recipe for 5 gallons:
5 gallons water (1 1/2 steep and boil, 3 1/2 added)
1/2 lb U.S. crystal malt 40 L
1/2 lb U.S. crystal malt 20 L
1 T Gypsum (unless using hard water)
6 3/4 lb Alexanders Pale Malt Extract Syrup
1 1/2 oz Perle hops (bittering)
1/2 oz Cascade hops (flavor)
1/2 t Irish Moss
1/2 oz Cascade hops (aroma)
1oz Cascade hops (dry hop)
Wyeast 1056 liquid ale yeast


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