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18A3. Blonde Ale

165 calories 17 carbs
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Blonde Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.037 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 165 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 17 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday August 28th 2017
1.050
1.013
4.91%
31.37
7.17
5.4
n/a
 
Fermentables
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
4 lb American - Pilsner4 lb Pilsner 37 1.8 40%
4 lb United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale4 lb Maris Otter Pale 38 3.75 40%
1 lb American - Vienna1 lb Vienna 35 4 10%
1 lb American - Victory1 lb Victory 34 28 10%
10 lb Total      
 
Hops
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1 oz Tettnanger1 oz Tettnanger Hops Pellet 4.5 Boil 60 min 17.49 40%
0.50 oz Simcoe0.5 oz Simcoe Hops Pellet 12.7 Boil 10 min 8.95 20%
0.50 oz Cascade0.5 oz Cascade Hops Pellet 7 Boil 10 min 4.93 20%
0.50 oz Citra0.5 oz Citra Hops Pellet 11 Dry Hop 7 days 20%
 
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
3.75 gal Single Infusion Infusion 152 °F 60 min
5.23 gal Batch Sparge Sparge 170 °F 5 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
 
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
4.75 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
2 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
4.25 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
6.24 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
 
Yeast
Wyeast - London Ale III 1318
Amount:
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
73%
Flocculation:
High
Optimum Temp:
64 - 74 °F
Starter:
Yes
Fermentation Temp:
70 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.0 (M cells / ml / ° P) 258 B cells required
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Priming
Method: dextrose       Amount: 4.2 oz       CO2 Level: 2 Volumes
 
Target Water Profile
Light colored and malty
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
60 5 10 95 55 0
Rice Hulls:
Add 1lb for every 5lbs for grain to help with heat distribution.

Condition at least 4 weeks
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
 
Notes

Overall Impression:
Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer, often with interesting fruit, hop, or character malt notes. Well-balanced and clean, is a refreshing pint without aggressive flavors.

Aroma:
Light to moderate sweet malty aroma, possibly with a light bready or caramelly note. Low to moderate fruitiness is optional, but acceptable. May have a low to medium hop aroma, and can reflect almost any hop variety although citrusy, floral, fruity, and spicy notes are common.
Appearance: Light yellow to deep gold in color. Clear to brilliant. Low to medium white head with fair to good retention.

Flavor:
Initial soft malty sweetness, but optionally some light character malt flavor (e.g., bread, toast, biscuit, and wheat) can also be present. Caramel flavors typically absent; if present, they are typically low-color caramel notes. Low to medium fruity esters optional, but are welcome. Light to moderate hop flavor (any variety), but shouldn’t be overly aggressive. Medium-low to medium bitterness, but the balance is normally towards the malt or even between malt and hops. Finishes medium-dry to slightly malty-sweet; impression of sweetness is often an expression of lower bitterness than actual residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth without being heavy.

Comments:
Brewpub alternative to standard American lagers, typically offered as an entry-level craft beer.

History:
An American craft beer style produced by many microbreweries and brewpubs, particularly those who cannot produce lagers. Regional variations exist (many US West Coast brewpub examples are more assertive, like pale ales) but in most areas this beer is designed as the least challenging beer in their lineup.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Generally, all malt but can include up to 25% wheat malt and some sugar adjuncts. Any hop variety can be used. Clean American, lightly fruity English, or Kölsch yeast. May also be made with lager yeast, or cold-conditioned. Some versions may have honey, spices and/or fruit added, although if any of these ingredients are stronger than a background flavor they should be entered in those specialty categories instead.

Style Comparison:
Typically has more flavor than American Lagers and Cream Ales. Less bitterness than an American Pale Ale.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.038 – 1.054
FG: 1.008 – 1.013
IBUs: 15 – 28
SRM: 3 – 6
ABV: 3.8 – 5.5%

Commercial Examples:
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale, Russian River Aud Blonde, Victory Summer Love, Widmer Citra Summer Blonde Brew

Tags:
standard-strength, pale-color, any-fermentation, north-America, craft-style, pale-ale-family, balanced

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