My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

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My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby niels » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:50 am

My first brew on the Braumeister was a basic blonde based on a clone recipe of Westvleteren 6. It is a very basic recipe that allowed me to get used to the BM without worrying about things that could go wrong.

It uses basic malts, some cornflakes for body and cane sugar (or crystal sugar) to up the SG a bit. You can either add the sugar 10 minutes before the end of the boil or you can add it after 2~3 days into fermentation to get a little better attenuation.

The yeast I used is Fermentis Safale US-05 which I had laying around. The original recipe calls for a Westmalle (WLP530 / Wyeast 3787) yeast (as Westvleteren is using Westmalle yeast).

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Basics----------------------------------------------------
Name --------------- : A Simple Blonde
Beer type----------- : C Blond
Desired litres------ : 25 litre
Desired SG---------- : 1059
Extraction efficiency: 75 %

General---------------------------------------------------
Total brewing water- : 38.5 litre
Mash water---------- : 30 litre
Sparge water-------- : 8.5 litre
Boiling time-------- : 80 minutes
Calculated colour--- : 8.9 EBC (Morey)
Calculated bitter--- : 42 EBU (Tinseth)

Malt bill------------------------------------------------
 80%   5000 g  Pilsener malt                     3    EBC
  5%    310 g  Wheat malt                        3    EBC
  5%    310 g  Münchener malt                    15   EBC
  5%    310 g  Cornflakes
  5%    310 g  Light cane sugar

Hops------------------------------------------------------
Whole hops---25 g  9.00 %aa   FWH      Northern Brewer (D)
Whole hops---25 g  9.00 %aa   80 min   Northern Brewer (D)
Whole hops---20 g  4.15 %aa   10 min   Saaz (CZ)

Yeast------------------------------------------------------
Strain-------------- : Fermentis Safale US-05
Added as------------ : hydrated
Volume-------------- : 1 package of 11.5 g
Aeration------------ : Shaking
Temperature--------- : 20°C

Mash table-------------------------------------------------
45 min at 62°C
10 min at 70°C
 5 min at 75°C
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RE: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:12 am

How did that one turn out niels??

It is certainly a simple beer...might give it a go with the wy 3787.

Thank you for sharing
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RE: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby niels » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:35 am

Dicko wrote:How did that one turn out niels??

It is certainly a simple beer...might give it a go with the wy 3787.

Thank you for sharing

Well, I drank a bottle again yesterday. I really like it, but it will not win any prizes in a competition. It drinks pretty easy and has around 6.2% ABV, so it is a nice refreshment after a walk with the lawnmower :)

I'm not an experienced taster, but because of the US-05 it has fermented pretty clean and you really taste the Saaz. And for me it has a nice bitterness. It has a very nice head that stays on very well :) I must post a picture of it.

Because of the hard water in our region I boil my brewing water during 30min in a big pot the day before and let it cool with the lid on. The next day the bottom 2 cm in the pot are looking creamy because of the calcium that is settling out. If I don't do this, the hop bitterness is a bit harsh.

When using a Westmalle yeast it will be something completely different, so I'm planning on trying this very soon. This way I will be able to compare both beers!

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RE: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:01 am

Sounds good niels, I treat RO water for my beers as the water in my area is extremely hard, terrible in fact.

In Aus a lawnmower beer is usually a bit lighter on OG than that :D
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RE: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Batz » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:22 am

Dicko wrote:
In Aus a lawnmower beer is usually a bit lighter on OG than that :D



6.2% ABV, that's one lawnmower beer !! In fact the lawnmower could possibility run on it. :lol::-) I can see you are from Belgium.

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RE: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby niels » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:49 am

Batz wrote:6.2% ABV, that's one lawnmower beer !! In fact the lawnmower could possibility run on it. :lol::-) I can see you are from Belgium.

Batz

That's why I recommend to drink it after you have put the lawnmower back into the shed :)

I might actually create a beer with lower OG based on this recipe for drinking while doing chores this spring/summer!

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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Jenssen » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:28 pm

I would really like to brew this recipe, but I have an 20l.

Is there an easy way to scale down the recipe?
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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Dicko » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:41 pm

Jenssen wrote:I would really like to brew this recipe, but I have an 20l.

Is there an easy way to scale down the recipe?


Hi Jenssen and welcome,

Niels has quoted the grain in percentages and the hop additions in IBU's so if you are using brew recipe software you should be able to match the ingredients to your BM and your equipment profile.
To do it this way you will need your efficiency figures and your pre boil and boil off volumes.

If you dont use software then it will need a calculator or a clear head :lol:
With some paper and a pencil.
There are a few free software programs on the internet. I personally prefer Beersmith which is relatively cheap for what it can do.

Good luck with the brew.
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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby niels » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:57 pm

Jenssen wrote:I would really like to brew this recipe, but I have an 20l.

Is there an easy way to scale down the recipe?

Hi Jenssen,

Since the recipe is for 25 litres you could scale it pretty easy by simply dividing all ingredients by 5 and multiplying by 4.

You might use these figures as a starting point in your favourite brewing software. I noticed that every program has a little difference in the calculations, but you shouldn't sweat it.

Scale it down as said above, brew it, measure while brewing and use these figures to fine tune.

With a simple recipe as this it will be hard to end up with an undrinkable beer :)

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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Jenssen » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:07 pm

Thanks for the answers niels & Dicko.

I have Beersmith installed but found it a bit hard to setup, so I used the other math method and now I have the recipe.
Just ordered the ingredients so hopefully sunday will be brewday. This will be my second brew ever. :cheers:
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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby leosardinha » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:24 pm

what software is that, for the recipe?

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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby niels » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:44 pm

leosardinha wrote:what software is that, for the recipe?

Thanks!

Do you mean which software I used for the original recipe?

I use ConfoMash for quickly creating a recipe, but I finetune it by hand. I also used Brewtoad a few times already.
But since I only have 4 brews on my Braumeister it is a bit too soon to determine which program is hitting the numbers...

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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby leosardinha » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:09 pm

I use beersmith 2, but sometimes I wish something simple, so I liked the look of it.

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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby Dicko » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:29 pm

leosardinha wrote:I use beersmith 2, but sometimes I wish something simple, so I liked the look of it.

Thanks ;)


As I said above I use BS 2 but I have had a look at BrewToad and it looks reasonably simple and BrewMate from Au is reasonably simple to use and it is free as well.
BrewMate is a little outdated now and the owner doesn't seem to be interested to update it however it works fine for most situations unless you require it to work on Apple products IOS.

I may be able to help with Beersmith if you give details, the recipe scaling function can be helpful at times.
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Re: My first brew on the Braumeister - A Simple Blonde

Unread postby leosardinha » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Actually I use beersmith for a while, I am somehow an advanced user...

But as I said i find it not very simple, different tabs for water, mash schedule, fermentation and etc...

Brewtoad is nice but I do not like the water part, I think it is not good.

I think I will just build a simple template on excel... or just stick with beersmith...
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