School Of Hops - Cascade
(8.5 Litres)

Going to class has never been so much fun. This series of recipes takes the basic brewing process of chemistry and turns it into a guided tour of a single hop’s aromatic oeuvre. This month, our brewers are taking you on a journey to the world of the Cascade hop through the delicious notes of this timeless American Amber Ale. As you dive into this classic hop’s backstory you can expect to be greeted by citrus and marmalade characters, brought to life by the resinous zesty flavours and a tease of Turkish Delight. A bitter finish completes this delectable tale; but enjoy in moderation, at 6.5% ABV it’s a heavy one.


  • Colour: Amber
  • Body: Medium
  • Bitterness: Medium
  • Approx. Alcohol Level: 6.5% ABV
  • Naturally Carbonated: Natural
  • Step 1 : Mix

    Clean and sanitise all equipment that will come in contact with the brew.
    Bring the 250g Unhopped Malt Extract to the boil in 1.5 litres of water.
    Add about half of a 25g pack of Cascade Hop Pellets and boil for 10mins.
    Remove from the heat, add the rest of the pack of Cascade Hop Pellets, fit the lid and steep for 30mins.
    Set the pot in a cold/ice water bath to cool (about 15 mins).
    Strain the malt/hop liquid into the Fermenting Vessel (FV).
    Add the Bewitched Amber Ale to the FV (no need to stir).
    Fill the FV with cold water to the 8.5 litre mark.
    Sprinkle the US-05 yeast and fit the lid.

  • Step 2 : Brew

    Place the FV in a location out of direct sunlight and try to ferment at 18 - 20C.
    Fermentation should take 7 to 12 days.
    At around day 7, add the second 25g pack of Cascade Hop Pellets to the brew by wrapping them in a mesh cleaning cloth (pulled straight from the pack) and place directly on top of the brew then re-fit the lid.
    After a couple of days, check the Specific Gravity (SG)
    Check the SG again the following day and so on.

  • Step 3 : Bottle

    The brew is ready once the SG has stabilised over a couple of days, expect about 1008 to 1012.
    Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.
    Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (only one drop per bottle may be preferred).
    Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.

  • Step 4 : Enjoy

    After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the bottles.
    Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve in the short term.
    When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.
    The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.
    Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 6.5% ABV.