I think this is my first post on here, but I've been reading the forum for a while. So hello from the UK.
In the NY I plan to create the perfect blonde ale for my gf. But as usual I'll make sure I benefit from it too.
I want to go back to basics and learn what each variable brings to the party, malt, hops, yeast, water and so on...
My first round of testing will be 3-4 smash brews to identify her preferred hops. I'm thinking noble type hops, saaz is in there but what others do you guys recommend?
The 2nd round will be speciality malts, again no more than 4 brews. E.g. 5-10% Munich, Vienna etc with her chosen hops, but keeping the ebc <10 (4-5 srm). Again, recommendations?
3rd round will be yeast. I think I'll do more than 4 brews here as I could split a brew into 2 fv and pitch different yeasts.
From here I plan to test water, hop timing and any other technique based variable.
The end goal is create her perfect blonde and a beer I could use as a base, e.g. Add different aroma hops.
Specs will be:
No more than 3 malts
Any other recommendations?