Codename : Mountain Portage Golden Alethorpe

The unofficial theme for summer 2024 is to focus on low gravity (AKA lower alcohol) ales, particularly British styles. The British Golden Ale is a simple beer to get back into the swing of things, using a propane burner.  A little about the the style,

A hop-forward, average-strength to moderately-strong pale bitter. Drinkability and a refreshing quality are critical components of the style, as it was initially a summer seasonal beer.


  • 1 lb Maris Otter malt (3.8L)
  • 4 oz Flaked Barley (1.8L)
  • 3 oz Flaked Maize (0.8L)
  • 2 oz White Wheat (2.3L)
  • 1/4 Campden tablet in strike water (optional)
  • 0.40 Sasquatch hops at 30 minutes
  • 2 oz White sugar at 20 minutes
  • 1/2 tsp Irish Moss (optional) at 15 minutes
  • 3 ml Mangrove Jacks Empire Ale dry ale yeast

Vital Stats

BJCP Style : British Golden Ale
Anticipated ABV : 4.5%
Anticipated IBU : 23
Anticipated SRM : 4

Pre-boil SG : 1.029
Post-boil SG: 1.045
Original SG : 1.045
Target SG : 1.009
Carbonation : 2
Water profile : Special Bitter
Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 67%

Brew Day

  • Prepare 6.4L strike water, 152F. 
  • Add the milled grains to the bag. 
  • Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 90 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 149F. It is acceptable if the temperature varies by a couple of degrees in either direction.
  • If you find the gravity is reached before 90 minutes, you can jump to lifting the bag out.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Calibrate the sonic screwdriver.
  • Lift the bag out of the water, and allow it to drip into the pot. Every bit of sugar that can be extracted will benefit the end ABV.
  • Bring up to a boil, 212F, set the timer for 30 minutes. Add hops, sugar, and Irish moss, as prescribed above.
  • Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
  • Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively.
  • Prepare the yeast mixture, per manufacturers directions.
  • Transfer the wort to the carboy, splash the wort around to aerate the contents.
  • Put the airlock on the carboy.
  • Store in a cool dark place for primary fermentation for 7-14 days.

Bottling Day

Brew Notes

  • I used distilled water for this batch, as I was curious as to how water conditioning would work. We will find out at tasting time.
  • Original gravity was 1.045, so an anticipated ABV of 4.6%.
Fermentation engaged for the British Golden Ale. It should be ready to bottle after about 7 days.

Brew day : 14-Jun-2024