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Blonde Ale

Unread postby DWP » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:26 am

I have been tweaking a recipe for my Blonde Ale for 18months and have just made # 6 and its will be tweaked again for lucky number 7.

All have had the same malt bill.

60% Golden Promise Ale
40% Wheat Malt

All mashed at 67c - most recent was 65c for a dryer crisper finish.

All using US05 Yeast fermented at 18c - reducing to 16c for the next one

All have 8g of Gypsum added for highligting the hops

Hops used
#1 - Galaxy @ 30m & Whirlpooled 10mins ( 25ibu )
#2 - Cascade @ 20m, 10m & 5m ( 22ibu )
#3 - Simcoe @ 15m, 5m + Dry Hop ( 20ibu )
#4 - Citra, Simcoe & Galaxy @ 10m, 5m WP 10mins ( got infected )
#5 - Galaxy @ 15m & WP 10m + Dry Hopped ( 23ibu )
#6 - Citra, Simcoe & Galaxy @ 5m + Dry hop ( 17ibu )

#7 Recipe

OG - 1.042
Ibu - 17

60/40 Malt - Ale & Wheat

Mashed @ 65c for 60mins, Mash out @ 78c/15m

60min boil

Citra/Cascade @ 10mins to 17ibu
Dry Hop with Galaxy for 3days after ferment.

US05 @ 16c for a cooler longer ferment
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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby Dicko » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:35 pm

So which one is the best so far?

I have recently brewed an apa with Simcoe as bittering and galaxy and Citra later and I will be kegging it today.
It tastes magnificent in the cube at the moment. I hope it is as good with a hit of Co2 in it. :D

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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby DWP » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:44 pm

The Simcoe, Citra & Galaxy has been the best one so far.

About to remake it and adjust the grist to 70% Organic Pils & 30% Wheat, mashing @ 64c and ferment @ 18c with 001.

How did your APA turn out with those hops?
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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby Nesto » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:47 pm

Dicko wrote:So which one is the best so far?

I have recently brewed an apa with Simcoe as bittering and galaxy and Citra later and I will be kegging it today.
It tastes magnificent in the cube at the moment. I hope it is as good with a hit of Co2 in it. :D

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I've always been scared to use Simcoe. Most commercial beers with Simcoe hops taste terrible to me - catty galore (Bond fan play on words!). I sometimes get it with Citra too. There are some notable exceptions - Pliny, Sculpin. Since I don't brew many hoppy beers, I haven't done much work to figure out what secrets are used to avoid or blend the catty flavors... any advice? Does it ever come out for you?
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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby Dicko » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:31 am

My APA was quote good imo.
Well it didn't last long anyway.

I have a hint of cat from Simcoe and a bigger hint of cat from Citra but all that smell seems to dissapear by the time it is ready for kegging. The cat only ever seems to be in the fermenting fridge in the first week then it jumps the fence and goes over into the neighbors place, if you know what I mean.

Jokes aside, I recon the Simcoe Galaxy and Citra work pretty well together.
I made a smash beer many years ago with just Simcoe at 60 mins and it was very smooth with a BU/GU around 5 from memory.

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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby Nesto » Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:31 am

Dicko wrote:My APA was quote good imo.
Well it didn't last long anyway.

I have a hint of cat from Simcoe and a bigger hint of cat from Citra but all that smell seems to dissapear by the time it is ready for kegging. The cat only ever seems to be in the fermenting fridge in the first week then it jumps the fence and goes over into the neighbors place, if you know what I mean.

Jokes aside, I recon the Simcoe Galaxy and Citra work pretty well together.
I made a smash beer many years ago with just Simcoe at 60 mins and it was very smooth with a BU/GU around 5 from memory.

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So maybe it's fresh Simcoe and Citra and the right blend. Interesting.
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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby dinnerstick » Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:35 am

it's worth remembering that simcoe was developed as a high alpha bittering hop for the watery us macrobrewers, high alpha and low cohumulone. so it is supposed to work great as a clean bittering hop at 60m. i don't dare, as it's hard enough to get here, and we have cheap, fresh magnum coming out of our ears...
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Re: Blonde Ale

Unread postby Nesto » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:04 pm

dinnerstick wrote:it's worth remembering that simcoe was developed as a high alpha bittering hop for the watery us macrobrewers, high alpha and low cohumulone. so it is supposed to work great as a clean bittering hop at 60m. i don't dare, as it's hard enough to get here, and we have cheap, fresh magnum coming out of our ears...


Ah, so maybe it's all those breweries dry hopping with Simcoe! I'm the same way - Magnum my bittering hop of choice. One of my brew partners is a hop distributor and we get all the Magnum we want!
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