Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blonde Ale, March 21 2010

I suppose Blond Ale would be the best style to fit this formulation.  I don't really brew to style often and typically look to my inventory and thirst for inspiration.  I originally envisioned a California Pilsner but after a few changes on brew day and quick look at BJCP styles, this may come out more as a Blonde Ale than any other categories (albeit a hoppy one).

Blonde Ale, March 21 2010

5 Gallons, All Grain, Single Infusion Mash, 90 Minute Boil

9 lbs. Pilsner
0.5 lbs. Red Wheat Malt
1 lb. Dried Rice Extract

1.25 oz. Homegrown Magnum hops for 60 min.
1 Whirlfloc tab 20 min.
1/4 oz. Northern Brewer each for 20 min, 10 min, 5 min, and 1 min.
1/4 oz. Saaz each for 20 min, 10 min, 5 min, and 1 min.

White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast (vial to starter), thanks Kara!

OG: 1.057 @ 78°F
FG: 1.011
ABV: 6.4%

Update 3/31: Tasted this going into secondary, great hop profile.  While it may be too much for many that I know (except Kara, she's a hop fiend), I think I'll just tell them its a Blonde Ale and watch them experience it!  Perhaps its true name is Blonde B--ch!

Kegged on 4/21


  1. Do you know what the AA% is for your homegrown hops? Or are you going by a standard value for Magnum?

    Since I have access to all sorts of sciencey instruments, I have measured the %AA for my own hops. Doing that is overkill and really unnecessary, but I like that nerdy stuff.

  2. Very cool. I think I can send them to White Labs for analysis. I believe they use a chromotography method. I'll ask. I've though about doing this for a while now. For my purposes, the AA range is good enough for homebrewing:


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