Zythos American Pale Ale Recipe (Epic Zythos Clone)

This American Pale Ale recipe was based on a beer by Epic Breweries (NZ) called Zythos. I was so impressed with the hoppiness of Zythos that I decided to make a clone. Although Zythos is sold as an IPA, it’s not all that bitter so I decided to make my Zythos clone an APA instead… It’s pretty accurate and is probably my best home brew to date πŸ˜€

Unfortunately, you have to take my hop measurements with a pinch of salt because I don’t have accurate weighing scales. In reality, I could have added +/-30% of the recorded values (though I tend to chuck a few extra in the pot anyway), so have some fun with this πŸ˜†

Malts:

  • 5kg of Weyermanns Pale malt
  • 250g of Weyermanns Carahell

Hops:

  • Nelson Sauvin (12.1% Alpha Acid)
  • Zythos (10% Alpha Acid)
  • Cascade (5.6% Alpha Acid)

25 minutes:

0.3oz of Zythos

0.3oz of Cascade

0.3oz of Nelson Sauvin

20 minutes:

0.3oz of Zythos

0.3oz of Cascade

0.3oz of Nelson Sauvin

15 minutes:

0.3oz of Zythos

0.3oz of Cascade

0.3oz of Nelson Sauvin

10 minutes:

0.3oz of Zythos

0.3oz of Cascade

0.3oz of Nelson Sauvin

5 minutes:

0.3oz of Zythos

0.3oz of Cascade

0.3oz of Nelson Sauvin

Dry hops

0.5oz of Zythos

0.5oz of Nelson Sauvin

0.5oz of Cascade

Total IBUs: 38 (Just shy of an IPA, but still only an APA because it’s 20-40 IBUs)

Yeast: S-04 (Nothing fancy)

Brewers notes:

As you can see, I’m aiming for a beer that (unlike my previous attempts) is less than 5% proof with a strong hop flavour and aroma. The base is a slightly modified pale ale so it will have some elegance rather that just a straight ale. According to my chart, for a pale ale I should be aiming for 20-40 IBUs, for an IPA I can hit 40-60 IBUs. I’m looking to make a weaker IPA, which is kind of aley, so just under 40 IBUs should do it.

Mash Temperature: 67 degrees falling to 64 over one hour. Greater than I wanted it to be, but acceptable given the level of bitters I’ll be adding. I then raised the temperature to 70 degrees before draining the BIAB bag. I didn’t sparge because I had already added too much water to the mash in anticipation of excessive boil off as I had previously had with the slow electric hop. Cooking on gas meant that the water was quicker to bring to the boil and there was therefore less water loss in evaporation throughout the process. I think I will extend the boil to 90 minutes because in addition to having more water, this beer also has less malt in the wort, so it’s already watery as it is. πŸ™

Once a lot of water had boiled off, I set a 25 minute timer and started throwing hops in. I decided not to use a hop sock because there will be a bunch of dry hop additions anyway and it would be nice to dry hop the early hop additions for extra flavour anyway πŸ™‚

One notable thing is that I was having trouble getting a boil without the lid, so after my first hop addition I put the lid on and gave the 25 minute hop addition an extra 3 minutes to account for the failed boil, making it a 28 minute addition.Β The wort tasted quite bitter at myΒ 5 minute addition, so After 3 minutes I turned off the heat and turned the wort chiller on to reduce any additional bittering from older hop additions.

I didn’t bother taking a gravity reading, but looking at it, I’d say it was about 1.040, this will definitely not be a strong beer (addendum: It turned out pretty strong πŸ˜† ). I kind of wish that I had made it stronger so I could have added more hops. Still, the bitterness tasted balances (although on the bitter side) based on the final wort, so perhaps the healthy sized handful of dry hops will give the smell required to present the hoppy flavours nicely?

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