First Pale Ale

First Pale Ale

This is a simple pale ale recipe, great for beginners. 
I think this is the first recipe that you should brew.
Feel free to substitute the hops and yeast with whatever hops and yeast you can find and you will end up making a nice drinkable beer.

8 L, all-grain / extract
OG = 1.052  FG = 1.010
IBU = 15

2.6 kg  Barley Malt / 1 Kg Dry Malt Extract
0.2 kg  Table Sugar

6 g    Aurora hops (60 mins)
5 g    Aurora hops (5 mins)

4 g    Safale S-04 yeast / Safale US-05 yeast

55 g   Sugar for priming


  1. If i need to make a smaller batch, say 4litres, should I reduce all ingredients by half or is ther a formula to calculate each amount for each ingredient? thanks in advance. Pritesh,

  2. Hi Pritesh,
    You can just half all ingredients for a 4 litre batch.
    Let me know how it goes.
    - Sapan.

  3. Hello Sapan,
    I am planning to brew a smaller batch of 4 litres.
    I understand I have to half all the ingredients to make it.
    I saw how you cool your wort by putting the ice directly to it. So, In order to make a 4 lit. batch, how much ice should I add. Also, to gain a total volume of 4 litre of wort, would i have to brew with (lets say) 3 litre of water and put 2 litre ice onto it ( eventually to reach wort volume of 4 litres) Please let me know on how to go about it !
    Ankit. (

    1. Hey Ankit,

      I suggest you stick to 8 litre batches, so you finally have some beer to drink. Smaller batches lead to a lot more wastage.

      Exact process -
      Check the attaches pdf / pics on this page.

    2. Hi Ankit,

      I agree with Sapan that you should stick to a minimum of 8L batches.
      Look at it this way, you will be spending the same amount of time and efforts brewing 8L batch as well as a 4L batch. Might as well make a 8L batch which will reduce wastage. Plus, you'll have more beer to drink.


  4. Hi Sapan,
    I am planning my first brew day this Sunday and i have ordered the above ingredients for my first brew.
    I am confused on the amount of water i should boil for this 8 L batch as while i get the wort ready there will be evaporation of some amount of water.
    Can you suggest the amount of water lost while preparing the wort so that i can get the desired 8 L batch.
    Rajat (

    1. Hi Rajat,
      I would suggest you look at

      Dont worry about the evaporation. Add top up water to the fermenter to make it 8 liters in the end.

  5. Hi,
    I am first timer.. and want to brew. But not able to know how to brew. As this article only show ingredients but not to how to start. Please help.


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