Hi everybody! I am going to be attempting my first all grain batch on my next brew session. This will also be my first time creating my own recipe instead of using a kit, so I want to get some advice/feedback. I want to do a honey blonde ale that has a slight toastiness to it. Ideally I want to take this on a vacation to San Diego in September (when should I brew it?). This is what I plugged into Beersmith. Any suggestions, critiques etc. would be awesome. I am building a cooler MLT and will be doing batch sparging. What temp(s) should I mash at? I can't wait to start all grain brewing and creating recipes.
-8 lbs Pilsner 2 row
-8 oz crystal 20L
-8 oz Vienna Malt
-1 lbs Honey (orange blossom or something like that)
-1/2 oz nugget 60 mins
-1/2 oz amarillo 5 mins
**My choices for hops in Beersmith had nugget at 13%AA and amarillo at 8.5%AA, but who knows what it would be when ordered. **Estimated IBUs: 27.6
**Estimated OG: 1.055
***Oh and I forgot yeast, what yeast would be recommended, WLP001 (Wyeast 1056), WLP029 (Wyeast 2565)(Kolsch), or some other strain?
What do you all think? I kind of what a session type beer, but not too light and with some toastiness and hops; but overall an easy drinking beer. Will that much honey really dry it out a lot?