OK, here's my belgian blonde recipe. I'll preface this by saying I'm sure there are better recipes out there, but I wanted to enter a competition that required a (more or less) original recipe.
Also, the 1lb 4oz pale 2-row wasn't part of my recipe, but there was a goof-up when I was buying my grain. If I don't win then that will be my excuse!
Finally, I don't think the hops needed to be added the way I did. There is no detectable (to me) hop flavor/aroma so you could probably just do a single addition at 60 minutes adjusted to get the same matching IBU estimate. And the sugar was added pre-boil.
Recipe: My Belgian Blond 1
Style: Belgian Blond Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Boil Size: 8.00 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.10 gal
Estimated OG: 1.065 SG
Estimated Color: 4.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.1 IBUs (tinseth)
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 82.5 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 75.5 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 9.4 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.5 %
8.0 oz Vienna Malt (Briess) (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 3.8 %
8.0 oz Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 5 3.8 %
14.17 g Northern Brewer [9.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 14.8 IBUs
10.63 g Northern Brewer [9.80 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 8.5 IBUs
3.54 g Northern Brewer [9.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 1.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belgian Ale (White Labs #WLP550) [35.49 Yeast 9 -
Single infusion mash at 154F
Pitched at 64F and slowly raised it to 68F over 7 days. I may try pitching at 66 and raising to 70 next time as I don't quite get enough of that awesome Belgian clove aroma/flavor.
Estimated FG was 1.010 but mine finished at 1.012. Maybe the low temp pitch did that, maybe I didn't aerate enough? I'm still new to this so I'm not sure.
I've never tried to convert a recipe to/from all-grain so I won't try now, I'll probably mess that up.
Anyway, I hope you and your dad have fun whatever you choose to brew. You've inspired me to haul my gear 80 miles
west this summer to brew with my dad. He just had some surgery and has been laid up for a while. He loves beer as much as I do and I think that would be a great way to spend some time with him.
[edited for poor geography, Miss South Carolina was right, I do need more maps...]