This pale ale uses Columbus. Columbus is a high alpha acids hop that is also high in total oil, making it a perfect hop for bittering, flavor, and aroma.
Specialty malts: Crystal 40L
Featured hops: Columbus
O.G. = 1.052
F.G. = 1.012
Approximately 5.2% ABV
Approximately 173 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallon
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I've been brewing for over 20 years. The results of this beer are the worst since my first beer in 1995. I cannot recommend this beer. There are two problems. First, thought i obtained the SG, the body is thin. Second, an alternative recommended yeast, Greenbelt, was a disaster. I began a yeast starter two days before brewing and there was no visible fermentation activity at pitching on brewing day. Fermentation activity did not begin for 48 hours, even though the Wyeast yeast packet was only two months old. I've been brewing AHS kits since 2011 and this is the first disappointing result. Think long and hard before you brew this kit.
When columbus sailed the ocean blue...This is a great beer. I will definitely make it again. Hoppier than I expected but only in a good way! I did the liquid extract. Three weeks in the primary, no secondary and then three weeks in the bottle. Need to do again soon!
This beer is incredible, and so easy to brew. I did the extract version. The taste was the exemplar of a Pale Ale. I introduced a bunch of foreigners to homebrewing with this beer and they still tell me they cannot believe I actually made this. The 1492 will become a standard in my homebrewery. Thanks AHS!
I brewed the AG kit with my BIAB setup. The only issue I ran into was how long the Krausen on the greenbelt yeast stayed up top. It remained up top for 12 days even though fermentation had completed long before that. It eventually fell on it's own. Prior to dry-hopping the beer was crystal clear. The hops added a lot of debris, so I would suggest a cold crash prior to kegging/bottling. This yeast did a quick bottle condition while primed with sugar. I had an early tester bottle 4 days storage, 2 days fridge and it tasted fantastic. The beer itself is kind of a mix between a light IPA and a wheat, with very citrusy notes. It's a great summer beer and I will certainly make this one again soon.
This was the very first brew I made. My only mistake was listening to my friend who told me it would be good to go a week after bottling. Wait the full 3 weeks. This beer has a very hoppy taste to it. I liked it a lot. The second batch was even better.