Batch 013 - House Blonde Ale

Batch Size Boil Time Est. IBU Est. SRM Est. OG Est. FG Est. ABV
5 gal 60 min 23.4 4 1.044 1.009 4.6%

Ingredients

Amt Name Type %/IBU
3.5 lb US 2-Row Grain 40.6%
3.5 lb Pilsner Grain 40.6%
1 lb Munich Light Grain 12.5%
8 oz Wheat Malt Grain 6.2%
0.75 oz Willamette 6.5% AA, Boil 60 min Hops 18.6 IBU
1 oz Cascade 6.3 % AA, Boil 5 min Hops 4.8 IBU
1.5 L starter WLP029 German Ale/Kolsch Yeast Yeast  

Water profile

Went for “Yellow Balanced” profile in Bru’n Water:

Calcium (ppm) Magnesium (ppm) Sodium (ppm) Sulfate (ppm) Chloride (ppm) Bicarbonate (ppm)
54 1 33 80 57 -63

Mash

Results

Actual OG Actual FG Actual ABV Apparent Attenuation
1.047 1.010 4.8% 79%

For this batch, I had a few goals:

It took a loooong time for the yeast to settle out of this beer. It was difficult to stay patient, and in hindsight, I drank many pints of it before it was in its prime. The beer didn’t really clear up until I bottled the last gallon or so using the Beergun.

This won 2nd place in the “Light/Brown Ale” category of the Portland Mashing Maineiacs Groundhog Day Competition held on 1/28/18! (see http://www.portlandmashingmaineiacs.com/activities-projects/club-sponsored-competitions/)

Lessons learned