It is school graduation season and it’s time to brew beer for parties. These Brew Dudes were called to provide a keg of homebrew for a get-together on short notice. No matter – we live for the pressure. In 10 days, we were able to turn that request around and provide a delicious beverage worthy of the celebration. Check out this video to learn more about this Rad Grad Hazy Pale Ale.

The Rad Grad Hazy Pale Ale Recipe

Looking to brew a sessionable beer with lots of hop flavor and nice light hazy appearance.

Batch Size – 5 US gallons in the keg

Water
9 gallons of water – half distilled / half filtered tap water with 1 gram of Gypsum and a Campden tablet

Grains
10 pounds (4.54 kg) of Pilsner malt
0.75 pounds (340 g) Great Western American Pale malt
1 pound (453 g) of Flaked Barley
0.5 pounds (225 g) of Carafoam malt

Hops
1 ounce (28 g) of Southern Passion hops added for a 60 minute boil
2 ounces (57 g) of NZ Rakau hops added for a whirlpool at 185° F (85° C) for 10 minutes
2 ounces (57 g) of AU Galaxy hops added for a whirlpool at 185° F (85° C) for 10 minutes
2 ounces (57 g) of Sultana hops added for a whirlpool at 185° F (85 °C) for 10 minutes
2 ounces (57 g) of NZ Rakau hops – Dry hopped for 3 days
2 ounces (57 g) of AU Galaxy hops – Dry hopped for 3 days
1 ounce (28 g) of Sultana hops – Dry hopped for 3 days

Yeast
1 packet of Cellar Science Hazy Dry Beer Yeast

Instructions

Mashed for 60 minutes
Boiled for 60 minutes
Fermented for 7 days at 68° F (20° C)
Racked to keg and carbonated

Results
Original Gravity – 1.052
Final Gravity – 1.010
ABV – 5.5%

Our Tasting Notes

We were both impressed with the beer, if we do say so ourselves. The grain bill resulted in a soft and pleasant body, complemented well by our water profile, finishing dry and making it highly drinkable. The fermentation profile was clean, allowing the hops to shine.

The initial aroma was mostly floral, but as the beer warmed, subtle sweet fruit notes like underripe mango and guava emerged. The flavor was more floral than fruity, with hints of pineapple and orange citrus. The hop character wasn’t overly distinct in any one direction but created a comforting and balanced profile.

Overall, the beer struck a nice balance between the hop character, malt, and yeast profile, making it highly drinkable and perfect for social gatherings. The combination of Rakau, Galaxy, and Sultana hops worked well together, each contributing unique elements without overpowering the overall taste. The addition of flaked barley added a subtle, enjoyable twist to the mouthfeel.

It was a hit at the graduation party and that’s what matters most.

BREW ON!