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Old 11-09-2010, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default Belgian Blonde Critique Please

6# Northern Brewer Pilsen LME (add 3# @ 60m, add 3# @20)
1# Belgian Soft Candi Sugar - Blond (add @10m)
1# Muntons Wheat DME (add @60m)
0.5# Briess Crystal Malt 40L (steep @ 150 30m)
0.5# Dextrin (CaraPils) Malt (steep @ 150 30m)

Batch size: 5.0 gallons, 2.5 gal boil

hops
boil 60 mins 2.0oz Hallertau Mittelfruh pellet
boil 5 mins 1.0oz Styrian Goldings pellet

Wyeast 3787

Primary 2 weeks
Secondary 2 week
Keg

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Old 11-09-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Looks good, although I'd probably drop the cara/crystal malt, it is hard enough to get extract beers to dry out without the added unfermentables. Good luck.

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Thats what I was going to say, with extract its going to have enough body already.

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So, remove both specialty grains of just the 40L? Keep the wheat DME?

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So, remove both specialty grains of just the 40L? Keep the wheat DME?
I'd remove both of the specialty malts. Carapils is just a really light crystal malt.

Wheat DME is fine, you should be around 1.063 for your OG with it.
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Do I even really need the DME? Just questioning myself now....

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Do I even really need the DME? Just questioning myself now....
Need, no. However Blonds tend to be 1.062+ according to the BJCP, so the extra gravity would be fine.
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I'd probably replace the CaraPils and the Caramel 40 with some Belgian Aromatic, but that's just me.

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I'd probably replace the CaraPils and the Caramel 40 with some Belgian Aromatic, but that's just me.
Good idea, I have .75# of biscuit that I need to use up....
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