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Purple Drank (Blueberry Blonde)

242 calories 28.5 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Blonde Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.051 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.072 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 58% (brew house)
Calories: 242 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 28.5 g (Per 12oz)
Created: Wednesday October 24th 2018
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
12.50 lb US - Pale 2-Row12.5 lb Pale 2-Row 37 1.8 63.3%
0.75 lb American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt)0.75 lb Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 33 1.8 3.8%
0.50 lb Belgian - Aromatic0.5 lb Aromatic 33 38 2.5%
5 lb Blueberry5 lb Blueberry 4.95 0 25.3%
1 lb Lactose (Milk Sugar)1 lb Lactose (Milk Sugar) 41 1 5.1%
19.75 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
2 oz YCH - german hallertau2 oz YCH - german hallertau Hops Pellet 3.6 Boil 60 min 27.09 66.7%
1 oz YCH - german hallertau1 oz YCH - german hallertau Hops Pellet 3.6 Boil 0 min 33.3%
3 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
Infusion -- 150 °F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.12 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 each vanilla bean Flavor Secondary 5 days
Wyeast - American Ale 1056
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
60 - 72 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 116 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 2.45 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

update 10/5/2020. Adding additional process notes. When base beer is hald fermented add the blueberries. I get frozen blueberries from the grocery store, thaw overnight, then blend into puree in the blender. I used 6lbs blueberry for this batch but that is probably too much. It tasted like juice instead of beer. Probably next time use 3 or 4 lb. Scrape the vanilla bean and soak in small amount of vodka with lemon zest for at least 2 days before adding to the beer.

Update 11/26/18 : brewed this last night, decided not to go with the belgian yeast - it was really old, i wanted to make a week long starter to prove it was still viable and the number of healthy yeast in there is probably low. anyway just went with the 1056 now we will just call it a blonde ale i guess. teal suggested that blueberry muffins often have lemon. plenty of ways to do this but i think i am going to zest 1 lemon and add it to the vanilla bean vodka mixture for a couple days before going into secondary. decided the amount based off of this discussion : https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/how-many-lemons-zest.15966/#post-249484
also considered using dried peel. would have to order or go to brew store for that though so we'll try the zest.
10/24/2018 : copied from 2016's trustmonkey belgian blond. removing cane sugar and LME, changed from pilsner malt to 2row, adjusting efficiency, adding some base malt to make up for removed sugars but also to increase abv to around 7. adjusting crystal malts to match original recipe percentages. switched to only hallertau for simplicity. im seeing sample belgian blonde with 5.6AAU for 60 mins (https://byo.com/article/belgian-blond-style-profile/) so ill go with about that, and add some flavoring hops as well. not sure how much blueberry to use yet......rb10242018
copied from 2015's blinde recipe. came out with 5 gallons exactly but was under on gravity - 1.044 (without the sugar), wanted to hit 1.051. By chance I have some Pilsen LME so I will add enough to add 7 pts. Wort has been chilling for one day while yeast starter....starts. Adding the LME and pitching tonight (night after brew night)

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blackhawk8200 07/03/2022 at 02:17am
How did the beer come out for you ? Did the vanilla or lemon zest overpower the blueberries at all? I heard the minimum amount of blueberries to use is 1lb per gallon, if not more, so I dont think you used too much. Lmk if you would have done anything different. I plan on making a blueberry blonde and i'm searching for a good recipe that someone has proven.

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