Shred’s Dumb Blonde Ale (extract recipe)

 

Description:

Just a quick, simple Blonde Ale recipe.

 

Batch Size:  5.25 Gallons
Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
ABV:  5.1%

 

Recipe:

2 lbs Vienna Malt  – Steep at 155F for 30 minutes

5 lbs Extra Light Dry Extract – Boil for 60 min
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] – Boil 30.0 min
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] – Boil 20.0 min
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] – Boil 0.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs

1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)
 

Tasting Notes:

This one wasn’t bad for a half-assed attempt at an extract Blonde Ale.  Not a whole lot of malt character and the Vienna would likely not be considered a typical ingredient (at least in this quantity) in a Blonde due it’s tendency to create red hues.  That said, it was well-balanced and extremely drinkable.  I think if I were to rebrew this one, I’d knock the fermentables down just a touch and make this an actual session ale.  (Session Ales are brews that are meant be be enjoyed in quantity or drinking sessions.  They contain less than 5% ABV by definition).  I’d also reduce or swap out the Vienna malt for a mixture of light colored caramel malt (10L-20L) and a little biscuit malt for flavor.

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