Brewing a Tankhouse Ale clone…

Stop any random person on the street here in Toronto and ask them what their favourite beer is. Chances are more likely than not, they will mention something from Mill Street Brewery. In 10 short years, Mill Street has gone from a small craft Brewery to being a symbol of great Toronto brewing. From their flagship Organic Lager, to their award-winning coffee porter, they are sure to brew a style that will suit your tastes. Among the welcome diversity, one brew that stands out above the others is their Tankhouse Ale. Bold and complex, it challenges you to grasp the many different flavours at work in this celebrated brew. Each sip builds upon the last until your taste buds are fully satisfied. It’s generously hopped with the ever popular Cascade, but its the depth of the malts that take it to where other ales fall short. This beer isn’t so bitter as to scare away the under-initiated, yet it is bold enough to stand strong and proud.
I dug around to see if I could find any information on what goes into this one, but understandably, there’s not much. What I do know is:

  • 5 different malts
  • Cascade hops
  • a small amount of chocolate malt
  • 5.2% ABV

Armed with that information I’ve come up with the following recipe:

Download the recipe here:

Hoptomology’s Tankhouse Ale Clone – All Grain

Hoptomology’s Tankhouse Ale Clone – Extract

Carbonation and Storage

Hoptomology’s Tankhouse Ale Clone – All Grain

American Pale Ale

Type: All Grain Brewer: Hoptomology
Equipment: 7.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Pot + 5 Gallon Coleman Cooler Mash Tun
Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG Measured Original Gravity:
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG Measured Final Gravity:
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.1 % Actual Alcohol by Vol:
Bitterness: 34.3 IBUs Bitterness Ratio: 0.661
Est Color: 11.9 SRM Calories: 0.0 kcal/12oz



Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs 2.4 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 73.6 %
14.6 oz Munich 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 9.4 %
12.8 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt – 55L (55.0 SRM) Grain 3 8.2 %
7.3 oz Victory Malt (or Biscuit Malt) (25.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.7 %
5.4 oz Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.5 %
0.9 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 6 0.6 %
0.685 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 17.7 IBUs
0.685 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 8 9.0 IBUs
0.45 oz Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9
0.685 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 4.7 IBUs
0.685 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 2.9 IBUs
1 oz Cascade [5.50 %] – Boil 0.0 min Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
0.9 pkg Safale US-05 Ale Yeast (Safale #US-05) [1.69 oz] Yeast 13
Total Grains Used: 9 lbs 11.4 oz Total Hops Used: 3.648 oz

Mash Profile

Mash Style: Single Infusion, Medium Body
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Mash Steps

Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 3.25 gal of water at 169.2 F 150.0 F 60 min
Mash Out Add 2.00 gal of water at 204.5 F 168.0 F 10 min
Sparging: Fly sparge with 2.13 gal water at 168.0 F to achieve 5.96 gal

Boil Profile

Boil Size: 5.96 gal Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Volume: 5.46 gal Estimated pre-boil gravity: 1.046 SG
Batch Size (into fermenter): 5.00 gal Measured pre-boil Gravity:
Final Bottling Volume: 4.75 gal

Fermentation Profile

Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage
Primary Fermentation: 10.00 days at 68.0 F
Secondary Fermentation: 0.00 days at 0.0 F

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Keg Volumes of CO2: 2.5
Pressure/Weight: 12.27 PSI Age Beer for: 3.00 days
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 40.0 F Storage Temperature: 40.0 F


Taste Rating: 0.0 / 50
Taste Notes:
Other: – A little about life, a lot about beer.



We did a little last-minute R & D by sampling a bottle of the original, and from what I can tell, I think we’ll do pretty well. Regardless of how close we are to Mill Street’s signature ale, we’re going to have a tasty beer on our hands!

Read the review here:  “Reviewing our Tankhouse Ale clone…”

Hear the unbiased opinions of some homebrewers who have brewed this recipe: Tankhouse Ale Clone – Canadian Homebrewing Forum


22 Responses to Brewing a Tankhouse Ale clone…

  1. Being from the UK I haven’t had a chance to sample the beer but I do like the look of your recipe. Trying to replicate a commercial beer is a good way to understand different ingredients.

    You’ll have to post an update after tasting. Enjoyed the blog, keep up the good work.

    • Hey Neil!
      Thanks for dropping by! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog.
      I totally agree. Trying to replicate commercial beers you love are a great way to understand techniques and ingredients and gives you a goal in mind so you can dial in your recipes/process. Then you can take into your own personal territory. Tankhouse is a great Pale Ale, nicely complex with some good hopping without going overboard into IPA territory. It’s currently in primary for probably about 7 days, then I’ll dry hop it for 7, then rack it to a keg and carbonate. I’ll definitely update when ready!
      I look forward to checking out your blog as well! Cheers!

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  3. How did turn out? I think I’ll brew it next.

  4. Setting up to brew and just wanted to confirm that you recipe is in US gallons and not Imperial?

  5. Brewed a mini AG batch last night. Added in a bit of Vienna for some of the 2-row. Got distracted by kids so was off with my water volume. I’ll keep it, but will re-do next weekend and possibly blend the two.

    • Vienna is one of my favorite malts, always good. I know, the kids can take your eye off of things, but hey, that’s the way it goes eh? lol
      Finally got to try the latest version of it as it’s been at my in-laws, was really good. Very close, I would just lower the bittering hops a touch. We did it from extract and grains, so perhaps all grain might have rounded it out. Might even switch a bit more Munich instead of 2 row, but all in all was good.
      Keep me posted! Cheers…

  6. Re-did the recipe on the 31st with the right amount of water! Looks and smells great.

    I’ll post news as it comes!


  7. Just bottled the first batch. It looks a little lighter than yours but comes in around 4.5% abv and has nice flavour for green beer. Give me a few more weeks and I’ll try one on for size.

  8. Hi thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a good Tankhouse recipe. From what I’ve seen elsewhere there seems to be a consensus that Tankhouse uses only cascade. Why the centennial for bittering?

    • Hi Will, thanks for writing.
      Yes, I believe you are correct. From everything that I’ve read, it looks like Tankhouse has only Cascades in it. I think what happened is that in the first incarnation of this clone, I had some Centennial laying around that I wanted to use up. In the subsequent versions I must have overlooked it and didn’t change it to the appropriate addition of Cascade. I’m going to go ahead and make the adjustment. Thanks for pointing it out!
      Are you thinking of brewing it? If you do, would love to hear your thoughts on it and where it could be improved….

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  10. Brewed your recipe again – this time the extract version. Smells amazing and I have some groupies excited for the first samples. And the second samples. And the third samples…

  11. This is an amazing recipe ! little lighter colour than the original but taste is right on have done two batches and both turned out delicious.

  12. avatar Brew Darrymore

    I brewed a 5 gallon batch about 5 weeks ago.

    Just opened the first bottle after 2 weeks of carbonation/conditioning.

    I am so impressed! The flavour is very close to the original, but better! Thanks a lot for posting the recipe.

    I am brewing it again next week.


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