Brewing a Belgian blonde sunday

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  1. CRUNK

    CRUNK Well-Known Member

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    I plan to build my water profile from distilled water,

    11.5 lbs 2 row
    .5 lbs crystal 15
    1 Oz Williamette @ 60 minutes
    Wlp001 California ale yeast
    90 minute boil

    Any suggestions you all might have would happily be incorporated.
     
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    #2 ACBEV, Feb 24, 2017
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    Pilsner Malt!
    0.5lb wheat malt
    0.5lb Aromatic Malt or Munich Malt
    Wyeast Belgian Ardennes 3522

     
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    +1 on the Pilsner malt
    wheat for head retention would be good
    light munich maybe. Something for a little body which the C--15 could be ok.
    Cal 001 is almost too clean for a true Belgian. It would be just a clean light pale ale with it. But there are lots of choices of yeast. 3522 sounds good. I like the high flocculation for a blonde.
     
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    Great responses I will switch the yeast, and add .5 lb wheat malt.
     
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    Yeah...your initial recipe is just a basic American Blonde Ale. Nothing Belgian about it. Definitely use Pilsner and a Belgian strain.
    ACBEV's recipe is spot on...just brew that and maybe throw in some blonde candi sugar at the end of boil or 2-3 days into primary.
     
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    Split your fermentation if you want. That's a fun, simple way to see what 2 different styles of yeast can do.
     
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