Sous Vide Belgian Pale Ale

Test out your Sous Vide homebrewing skills with this recipe, which calls for just a 30-minute boil in an effort to save time.

Art Whitaker Feb 24, 2019 - 3 min read

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Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.050
FG: 1.013
IBUs: 24
ABV: 4.8%


3 lb (1.4 kg) Vienna malt
3 lb (1.4 kg) Pilsner or extra light dry malt extract (DME)
12 oz (340 g) Biscuit malt
8 oz (227 g) Aromatic malt
3 oz (85 g) Special B malt


1.5 oz (42 g) Saaz at 30 minutes
1 oz (28 g) Saaz at 10 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Saaz at 5 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) at flameout



Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes or WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast


3–4 gal (11–15 l) bottled spring water (chill 2 gal/7.5 l in the refrigerator)


Fill a pot with about 3 gallons (11 liters) of water. Add a Campden tablet if you are using tap water. Using a sous vide machine, heat the water to about 170°F (77°C). Place all the grains in a hops bag or paint-strainer bag. When the water temperature reaches 170°F (77°C), insert your grain bag and set the machine to 152°F (67°C) for mashing/steeping. Start your timer for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn on your stove burner and set your sous vide machine for 190°F (88°C). Monitor the temperature, and when it hits 170°F (77°C), remove the grain bag from the kettle and let it drip. Add the DME and stir as your temperature rises to boiling. At boiling, add your 30-minute hops. Boil for 30 minutes following the rest of the hops schedule. After the boil, remove the pot from the stove and chill to approximately 100°F (38°C).

Transfer the wort to your fermentor and add the 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of chilled spring water, which should bring your wort temperature down to about 70°F (21°C). Check your volume and your gravity. Add room temperature spring water to increase your volume or to hit your projected starting gravity. Pitch the yeast and ferment at 68°F (20°C) for 2 to 3 weeks. Package.