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goschman:
Thanks all. I will probably go back more to the original idea. My biggest challenge is to determine how much crystal I want to use. If honey malt is more or less crystal than I guess I should keep the total amount of honey malt + crystal at or below 10%. I do like hoser's idea too...

hoser:
Seriously, you are over thinking this :D.  Blonde ales are very simple.  Basically an all malt premium lager with ale yeast and maybe a little more hop character.  Mostly 90+% 2-row, occasionally an adjunct(i.e. wheat), and maybe a light crystal malt, with low hop profile.

Per the BJCP (you may need to scroll down):
http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style06.php#1b

Here is Jamil's recipe from the Beer Dujour website.  I like the centennial idea better than williamette:
http://beerdujour.com/Recipes/Jamil/JamilsBlondeAle.htm

Sometimes, the more simple the recipe, the better it tastes! ;)

goschman:

--- Quote from: hoser on February 12, 2013, 08:37:21 PM ---Seriously, you are over thinking this :D.  Blonde ales are very simple.  Basically an all malt standard lager with ale yeast and maybe a little more hop character.  Mostly 90+% 2-row, occasionally an adjunct(i.e. wheat), and maybe a light crystal malt, with low hop profile.

Per the BJCP (you may need to scroll down):
http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style06.php#1b

Here is Jamil's recipe from the Beer Dujour website.  I like the centennial idea better than williamette:
http://beerdujour.com/Recipes/Jamil/JamilsBlondeAle.htm

K thanks

Sometimes, the more simple the recipe, the better it tastes! ;)

--- End quote ---

hoser:
Start simple and slowly build from there with one ingredient or process change at a time to achieve the beer you are looking for.  Good luck!

goschman:
Bottled this last week. Final recipe was

87.5% two row
6.25% honey malt
6.25% wheat

14 g Centennial - 60 min
14 g Centennial - 10 min

US-05 yeast

OG - 1.051
FG - 1.009
IBUs ~22

I also added 9 g lime zest, 19 g grated lemongrass with 5 min remaining in boil as I was partially influenced by Burnside's Lime Kolsch. I am afraid it will end up tasting like a glorified mexican beer with a lime...

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