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BrewBob
post Apr 7 2006, 10:17 AM
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I keep 2 beers on tap at all times--usually a nice hoppy APA and and Irish Stout. As summer nears I find myself drinking less and less of the stout & since I recently bought a beergun I'm thinking that I'll bottle what I have left for the occasional craving through the warmer months and put something light on tap to go with my APA.

I know it's not a favored style around here, but I enjoy a nice light crisp refreshing beer on a hot summer day & most of my friends and neighbors do as well. I always brew & bottle a nice american wheat for summer drinking (and have already!) but I'm thinking of trying a nice blonde or cream ale as well. Anyone care to share their favorite recipe for a light ale (don't wanna wait for a lager) right around the 1.040 area?

Put this together on promash but I haven't brewed it yet--any thoughts? Thanks!


BJ's Summer Blonde

A ProMash Recipe Report

BJCP Style and Style Guidelines
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06-B Light Hybrid Beer, Blonde Ale

Min OG: 1.038 Max OG: 1.054
Min IBU: 15 Max IBU: 28
Min Clr: 2 Max Clr: 5 Color in SRM, Lovibond

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 10.00 Wort Size (Gal): 10.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 17.00
Anticipated OG: 1.042 Plato: 10.56
Anticipated SRM: 3.3
Anticipated IBU: 17.2
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes


Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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88.2 15.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) America 1.036 2
5.9 1.00 lbs. Flaked Barley America 1.032 2
5.9 1.00 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt 1.033 2


Hops

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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1.00 oz. Crystal Whole 3.50 1.6 10 min.
2.00 oz. Crystal Whole 3.50 15.7 60 min.


Mash Temp: 149F for 60 minutes.
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post Apr 7 2006, 10:42 AM
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So you want to take a walk on the mild side?

A malt combination of 2.5% caravienna and 97.5% 2 row is quite nice.

Tettnang bittering, Hallertau flavor and Hallertau/Saaz aroma is a good combo.
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post Apr 7 2006, 10:57 AM
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That's a nice simple grain bill for a blonde ale and I think you could use it to play with a lot of hop combinations. I'd make the same one using Amarillo hops, going heavy on the finishing/dry additions. Hop it to 25 IBU or so with 2-3 oz at the end.... mmm mmm tasty!
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post Apr 7 2006, 01:09 PM
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you could try breaking up that 2 row, to half 2 row and half pilsner
or do a wheat, with half wheat half 2 row.. EDIT: ah, but you want a blonde, so forget that - the above would still work though

i dunno - i'm still a newb in formulating recipes - i'm just thinking so much 2 row, especially for a 10G batch, may get boring after a while..?? (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)

EDIT: and then the question - what's your yeast going to be?

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post Apr 7 2006, 01:16 PM
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I know what you're saying, but I also think it depends on the brew. Duvel is 100% 2-row if you don't count the sugar. A blonde ale should be light and refreshing, so a simple grain bill seems to work (at least that's my take on the style).
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post Apr 7 2006, 01:19 PM
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I've got a very similar recipe planned, BJ. I'd put a little crystal malt in there, even if it's crystal 10L or caravienne. What's the flaked barley for?
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post Apr 7 2006, 01:39 PM
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I have been thinking along those same lines recently and am planning on brewing a blonde in a few weeks.

I agree with dime though. I would change half or even all of the 2-row for pilsener malt. It sould give a slightly maltier taste than 2-row.
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post Apr 7 2006, 01:44 PM
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A Kolsch is always a good idea, too.
Mostly pils malt, with some wheat and you can add some vienna malt or honey malt for a bit of complexity.
Hop with anything German.
Kolsches rule!
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post Apr 7 2006, 03:29 PM
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I like the idea of 1/2 2-row 1/2 pilsner malt. Add a little carapils and caramunich 1/4lb each for body and a slight caramel color. Hop with any of the noble German hops and ferment with WL029. This yeast gives a lager like crispness at ale temps.
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post Apr 9 2006, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for the replies...

"what's your yeast going to be?"

Probably US-56--nice and clean & already have some!


"I've got a very similar recipe planned, BJ. I'd put a little crystal malt in there, even if it's crystal 10L or caravienne. What's the flaked barley for?"

I actually have some crystal 10L I'm trying to get rid of--maybe I'll replace the flaked barley or a lb of 2 row. I've been adding a lb of flaked barley to just about everything lately... Not sure if it's actually true or not --but my head retention seems significantly improved w/ it...
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post Apr 9 2006, 10:31 AM
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I know I've said this before, but I have found that using softer water (filtered, bottled, etc.) and using low fermentation temps have worked well for this style. I also throw a little calcium chloride in the mash for a rounded flavor. My latest blonde is in primary roght now...


Blonde Ale
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7.5 lbs 2-row
1 lb Munich light
4 oz Flaked Barley
3.5 AAU Tettnanger (60 mins)
1/2 oz Tettnanger (15 mins)
1/2 oz Tettnanger (5 mins)
Wyeast 1056 or WL001. If you want to twist it into a beer with a German profile, try 1007... it's excellent in this recipe. Mash around 150 or so and ferment in the low 60s. If you can cold-condition it for a week or 2 before kegging, so much the better. Good luck.
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post Apr 9 2006, 10:53 AM
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I'm sparaging a Blonde right now...Bambi's Best Blonde. Recipe is from Radical Brewing. I'm freaking smiling from ear to ear as it's looking darn nice. To bad I don't have a finished product to drink now! Anyone ever make this before? Interested in how it turned out.
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post Apr 9 2006, 12:20 PM
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QUOTE(BrewBob @ Apr 9 2006, 10:20 AM) *
I've been adding a lb of flaked barley to just about everything lately... Not sure if it's actually true or not --but my head retention seems significantly improved w/ it...

I agree. I'll add just a quarter pound of FB to just about anything for some head stability. I don't think there's even a question about whether this is true or not... it works well. There are some other good things (carapils, caraform, caraheadretention... made that last one up) that work too. Good luck.
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post Apr 10 2006, 10:25 AM
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Anyone got any more thoughts regarding hops for this brew? I'd originally planned on using all Crystal...never used them alone before but they seem rather mild...

I've also got some Newport hops that I've never used before and would like to try out. I seem to remember someone mentioning that they impart a rather delicate hop profile. Good for a light summer brew?
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