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Indulge in the Flavors of Ukraine with our Zesty Golden Ale Recipe

Indulge in the Flavors of Ukraine with our Zesty Golden Ale Recipe

Ukrainian Golden Ale


If you’re a fan of craft beer and looking for a unique and refreshing brew, then Ukrainian Golden Ale is just the right choice for you! This crisp and flavorful beer has its roots in Ukraine and offers a delightful blend of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or simply looking to try something new, this recipe will guide you through the process of brewing your own Ukrainian Golden Ale.


Before getting started, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients:

For the mash:

  • 8 lbs (3.6 kg) of Pilsner malt
  • 1 lb (0.45 kg) of Vienna malt
  • 0.5 lb (0.23 kg) of Munich malt
  • 0.25 lb (0.11 kg) of CaraMunich malt

For the boil:

  • 0.5 oz (14 g) of Saaz hops (60 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) of Saaz hops (10 minutes)
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) of Saaz hops (1 minute)

Yeast and other additives:

  • 1 packet (11.5 g) of a suitable ale yeast
  • Irish moss (for clarity)


Step 1: Mash

Begin by combining the Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, and CaraMunich malts together in a large brewing pot with approximately 5 gallons of water. Stir the mixture gently to ensure all the grains are properly soaked. Maintain a temperature of around 152°F (67°C) for 60 minutes, allowing the enzymes in the malt to convert starches into sugars.

Step 2: Sparge

After the mash, sparge the grains by slowly pouring hot water (around 170°F / 77°C) over them. This will rinse out the remaining sugars, creating a sweet liquid known as wort. Collect the wort in a separate container.

Step 3: Boil

Pour the collected wort back into the brewing pot and bring it to a gentle boil. Add the Saaz hops at specified times: 0.5 oz (14 g) at 60 minutes, 0.5 oz (14 g) at 10 minutes, and 0.5 oz (14 g) at 1 minute remaining in the boil. This hop schedule will give your Ukrainian Golden Ale a balanced bitterness and aroma.

Step 4: Chill and Ferment

After the boil, quickly cool the wort by placing the pot in an ice bath or using a wort chiller if you have one. Transfer the cooled wort to a clean and sanitized fermenter, leaving behind any sediment or hops. Pitch the yeast according to the instructions provided with the yeast packet and seal the fermenter with an airlock.

Step 5: Bottle or Keg

Once fermentation is complete (usually after about 2 weeks), you can choose to either bottle or keg your Ukrainian Golden Ale. If bottling, add priming sugar to create carbonation in the bottles and let it condition for another 2 weeks before enjoying. If kegging, simply transfer the beer to a keg, carbonate at the desired level, and then it’s ready to be served.


Now that you have the recipe for Ukrainian Golden Ale, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start brewing! This beer will surely impress your friends and family with its unique flavors and rich history. So, gather your ingredients, follow the instructions, and before you know it, you’ll be savoring your homemade Ukrainian Golden Ale. Cheers!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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