Fuil Croi Irish Red Ale Recipe by John Palmer – A Learn to Homebrew Day Recipe + Free PBW Tablets w/Membership

One of the official Learn to Homebrew Day Recipes of 2021, sponsored by BSG HandCraft!

Irish red ale can be found on the style scale somewhere between pale ale and a brown ale. Similar to English or Scottish ales’ caramel sweetness, but with a more grainy, bready malt flavor and a very approachable ABV. The deep red comes from the roasted malt – enough to achieve flavor but not enough to morph the beer into a true brown.

Thank you to John Palmer for this recipe, originally published in his 4th edition of How to Brew!



  • 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) pale ale malt (recommended: Rahr)
  • 1 lb (450 g) flaked barley
  • 0.33 lb (150 g) Carabrown, 55L (recommended: Briess)
  • 0.33 lb (150 g) roast barley, 300L (recommended: Crisp)


  • 0.9 oz (25 g) UK Phoenix 9% a.a @ 60 min (no longer available, use any U.K. hop variety)


  • Irish ale yeast with a 200 billion pitch rate (recommended: Mangrove Jack’s M15 Empire Ale Yeast


  • Yield: 5 US gal
  • Original Gravity: 1.042
  • Final Gravity: 1.011
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • IBU: 26
  • SRM: 12
  • Efficiency: 75%

Infusion mash at 153 °F (67 °C). Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops per schedule. Pitch yeast when wort has reached 65 °F (18 °C). Ferment 2-3 weeks and bottle when specific gravity readings remain the same for 3 consecutive days.

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