Opus 11: WC Handy APA

Posted: November 3, 2012 in Recipes

It’s brew day! For this one, I wanted something that I could make quickly, easily, and drink anytime during the cold winter months. It’s been a while since I did a straight APA, and that was so early in my experience, I’m not sure it counted! Plus, that was a Mr. Beer recipe and I’ve moved on since then.

Even through my first all-grain batch seemed to go pretty well, I’m still awaiting the results. This one is back to extract. I wanted a faster brew day, so there you go!

I based this recipe off of the Schlafly Dry-hopped APA. There are several clone recipes out there, but all of them, strangely, use a different hop from those listed at Schlafly. I aimed for the same OG, ABV, and IBUs, and figured a good beer would result. I planned on using some Ahtanum hops, as listed on the description I received from a Schlafly rep (not the website, however). Turns out that hop is a commercial only hop, but is close to Cascade. I added Citra as a substitute and to give it a different flavor. We’ll see how that goes.

This one is out of style for an APA, and almost hits IPA range with the balance. But, I like hoppy, and even Schlafly is out of style on theirs, so I think I’m okay.

The name: Schlafly is based in St. Louis, Missouri. W.C. Handy (although from Alabama) penned “The St. Louis Blues,” a great American standard.

Recipe Opus 11: WC Handy APA Style American Pale Ale
Brewer Bandmaster’s Brewing Batch 2.40 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.061 OG Estimated FG 1.016 FG
Recipe Bitterness 48 IBU Alcohol by Volume 6.3%
Recipe Color 14° SRM Alcohol by Weight 5.0%


Quantity Grain Type Use
1.30 lb Crystal 40L Grain Steeped
3.00 lb Muntons DME – Light Extract Extract
Quantity Hop Type Time
0.50 oz Chinook Pellet 35 minutes
0.50 oz Cascade Pellet 15 minutes
0.50 oz Citra Pellet 5 minutes
0.25 oz Cascade Pellet 5 minutes
0.25 oz Citra Pellet 0 minutes
0.50 oz Chinook Pellet 0 minutes
0.50 oz Cascade Pellet 0 minutes
Quantity Misc Notes
1.00 unit Safale S-05 Dry Ale Yeast Yeast


Steeped CL40 with 2 gallons of water at 170, placed in a warmed oven to keep temp for 30 minutes, stirring at 15 minutes. I used the bag in the same manner as the BiaB instead of tying it up. I dissolved the DME in 1 gallon of water in a separate pot, then combined the two pots for the boil. Everything else was standard ice bath, rehydrate yeast, pour into LBK and pitched around 68 degrees. I also left the LBK in the fridge for the first couple hours to get it down to around 62 before putting it in the closet.

I plan to dry hop with all three hops in 1 week, per the schedule above. This way, I get a bit of the Chinook for both bittering and aroma.

  1. […] day off, so it was again brew day to keep the pipeline going. My WC Handy APA turned out so well, I decided to brew it up again. I made a couple minor modifications, opting to […]

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