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Offline IMperry9

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Blondie's Ale
« on: May 05, 2015, 06:55:22 PM »
Have been trying to come up with a simple light beer for my dad who is not much of a craft beer drinker. He prefers his lite American lagers but I don't have the capability to produce lagers. So I came up with a light ale that hopefully isn't too complex let me know what you think.

5 Gal. Batch
-8lbs. Briess 2-row
-.3lbs. Gambrinus Honey Malt
-.2lbs. Biscuit Malt
- 1oz Willamette 60min.
-East Coast Ale WLP008

OG: 1.045
FG: 1.012
IBU: 18.7
SRM: 6.55
ABV: 4.2%
EFF: 70%

Any suggestions?
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 07:17:34 PM »
Beautiful.  Gorgeous.  Brew it.  Don't change a thing.

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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2015, 05:31:54 PM »
Looks good to me as well. You could even use pilsner malt instead of two row if you like.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 05:43:51 PM »
Looks good to me as well. You could even use pilsner malt instead of two row if you like.

+1 my only thought also if you wanted to.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2015, 05:49:54 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll probably stick with the 2-row just because that's what I have on hand. Also LHBS might not have WLP008 so I was thinking WLP001 instead. Any thoughts?
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2015, 05:53:00 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll probably stick with the 2-row just because that's what I have on hand. Also LHBS might not have WLP008 so I was thinking WLP001 instead. Any thoughts?

Never used WLP008 but I don't think you can go wrong with 001 for a beer like this.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 05:53:45 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll probably stick with the 2-row just because that's what I have on hand. Also LHBS might not have WLP008 so I was thinking WLP001 instead. Any thoughts?

It'd work fine - just ferment cool. I use 1056 for cream ale at 60F and it works great.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2015, 07:45:59 PM »
Can't go wrong with WLP001.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2015, 01:00:19 PM »

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'll probably stick with the 2-row just because that's what I have on hand. Also LHBS might not have WLP008 so I was thinking WLP001 instead. Any thoughts?
Recipe looks solid. I'm a huge fan of WLP029 for crisp, clean lager-like ale. I actually use it to make lager styles, some of which have won awards.

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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2015, 11:41:06 PM »
Update: Just brewed this one yesterday was a good brew day. Bottled a experimental 1 gal Lite Lager and a brewed up this beauty Only change was the WLP001 instead of WLP008. Efficiency was a little off got a starting gravity of 1.042 instead of 1.045. To adjust that should I adjust my Final gravity. It looks like it turned out a little darker than anticipated but I think it will lighten up a bit once it settles out in the secondary. Ill keep you guys posted!
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2015, 03:40:33 PM »
I think the honey malt is what turned it darker. I made the mistake and put 6% into an american wheat last time and it was just a tad lighter than an all extract wheat beer. 4% in a delicate beer like yours is probably still a little much, in terms of color. Maybe 2-3% imo. It should still be very tasty  8)

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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2015, 03:46:11 PM »
I think the honey malt is what turned it darker. I made the mistake and put 6% into an american wheat last time and it was just a tad lighter than an all extract wheat beer. 4% in a delicate beer like yours is probably still a little much, in terms of color. Maybe 2-3% imo. It should still be very tasty  8)

I think 3.5% from the original recipe should be okay but I agree that once you get over 5% in a light beer it can become too much. I do one that has 7% and will be backing that down to 5% next attempt. It actually worked okay because I have some tartness from other ingredients that balances out the malty sweetness.
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2015, 02:11:10 AM »
Just wanted to update everyone on how this beer went. Just cracked a bottle open after work and it was amazing. The honey malt and the biscuit malt blended perfectly to provide a sweet light bready flavor. The hops balance everything perfectly toning down the sweetness. I definitely will be brewing this one again. I like how the WLP001 turned out very clean but I still want to try it with the WLP008 sometime. Cheers!
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 02:00:31 PM »
Good to hear. Looks like a solid beer!
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Re: Blondie's Ale
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2015, 03:30:53 PM »
Just wanted to update everyone on how this beer went. Just cracked a bottle open after work and it was amazing. The honey malt and the biscuit malt blended perfectly to provide a sweet light bready flavor. The hops balance everything perfectly toning down the sweetness. I definitely will be brewing this one again. I like how the WLP001 turned out very clean but I still want to try it with the WLP008 sometime. Cheers!
This is great to hear. I liked the recipe and made it myself. Its been in bottles for about 5 days now, and the intention is that this will be our RV trip beer, and that trip starts a week from today, so fingers crossed. I also used SO5 for my yeast and harvested for the first time. This will be a great yeast builder for almost everything I like to make. Thanks for posting and I will post my thoughts after tasting it myself
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