Nelson’s Galactic Imperial Pale Ale

Formulated by Oren Leaffer

Boil Volume: 7 liters
Batch Volume: 20 liters

60 minute grain steep @ ~68 C
1 kg pale malt
250 g crystal malt

60 minute boil:
3 kg liquid malt extract (Morgan’s pale lager) (split between 60 min and 15 min additions)
500 g Belgian Candi Sugar (15 min boil)

Nelson Sauvin 11.4% AA
Galaxy 13.4% AA

Hop additions:
60 min: 18 g Galaxy
45 min: 9 g Galaxy
15 min: 10 g Galaxy, 20 g Nelson
0 min: 30 g Nelson

Safale US-05 Dry Yeast

Dry hops (in secondary)
31 g Nelson

Priming sugar:
117 g dextrose

Boiled and pitched yeast July 2. Due to cold weather (~13 C), yeast didn’t start until fermenter was immersed in a warm water batch.

Through the fermentation process, warm water was periodically applied.

Racked to secondary July 6 and dry hopped.

Bottled on July 17.

Measured the original gravity as 1.041 @ 24 C – this seems very low given the quantity of sugar in the wort.

Measured the final gravity as 1.012 @ 13 C prior to bottling, this seems closer to reasonable.

Plugging the recipe into beercalculus suggests an OG of 1.072, rendering the final alcohol content 7.1% ABV

Plugging my measurements into suggests 4.2% ABV.