I'm trying to brew a simple Blonde Ale. I want it to be an easy drinker but not too light.
11.5lb US 2 row malt
.5 Crystal 15
Boil for 60 min
.33oz Citra Pellet @60
.33oz Citra Pellet @25
.33oz Citra Pellet @10
How does this look? I cant decide if I should add the whole oz of Citra at the beginning of the boil or if I should break it up like above.
I wouldn't use the Citra for bittering, I'd save it for flavor (15 minute addition), aroma (flame-out steep), and dry hopping, and find something else for your 60 minute addition...
I will second not using Citra for bittering.
Thanks! What would be a good pair with the Citra? How about 1 oz Willamette @ 60? Then .5 oz Citra at flameout?
I plugged that into beer alchemy and the IBU is only 13. I was shooting for around 20. Any suggestions?
1oz of cascade of about 5% AA @60min will get you around 23 IBU's.
I recommend using a high quality pilsner malt rather than domestic 2 row. In a beer like this you have nothing else to make up for the lack of malt character.
you didnt mention anything about the most important part of the whole thing...
the yeast and the fermentation.
what are you planning to use? The recipe looks fine, as long as it's brewed cleanly and fermented well. It should be a nice basic beer.
A FWH with Mt. Hood, Liberty, or Saaz works really well. 2row and munich can be plenty for a blonde. Best combo I have tried so far is percentages around 66, 22, 11; of 2row, Pilsner, and Munich
Add some Vienna or Munich, say a pound.
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