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Old 07-12-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Help Tweaking Westvleteren Blond Recipe

I love this beer and happen to have a few stored away in my cellar I wanted to see if I could get a clone as close as possible. I tasted mine next to the real thing and find them very close. Mine just needed a little stronger Hop flavor. I put my Flavor hops in the last 10 minutes of boil, I was thinking either adding .25 oz flavor hops in the boil to increase the flavor, or leave it alone and boiling for an additional 5 minutes to extract more flavor. Whats your opinion?

Type: All Grain
Date: 5/15/2009
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Mike
Boil Size: 6.35 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 55 min Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Igloo Cooler (10 Gal)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 40.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 63.00


Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 90.91 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (3.0 SRM) Grain 4.55 %
0.50 oz Brewer's Gold [9.70 %] (55 min) Hops 17.1 IBU
0.75 oz Styrian Goldings [3.50 %] (10 min) Hops 3.4 IBU
0.35 oz Hallertauer [2.40 %] (5 min) Hops 0.6 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [2.20 %] (5 min) Hops 0.8 IBU
1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
2.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
8.0 oz Candi Sugar, Clear (0.5 SRM) Sugar 4.55 %
1 Pkgs Abbey Ale (White Labs #WLP530) [Starter 660 ml] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.051 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.007 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.13 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.73 %
Bitterness: 22.0 IBU Calories: 223 cal/pint
Est Color: 4.1 SRM Color: Color

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 10.50 lb
Sparge Water: 4.58 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5.4 PH

Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 13.13 qt of water at 167.7 F 152.0 F

Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 3.8 oz Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F


Day 1 Temp was 81, Day 2 Temp was 78, Day 3 Temp was 77, Day 4 Temp was 73 Day 4 Temp was 68, Day 5 Temp was 68 Day 6 Temp was 70 Day 7 Temp was 70.Day 8 Temp was 72, took Gravity reading, 1.007 Day 9 Temp was 72 Gravity Reading 1.007 Day 10 Moved Primary to basement Temp 66.Days 11,12,13 Temp 66, Day 11 placed primary in Frig at 52 Degrees to drop the yeast and clear the beer, bottled 7 days later. Add half a pack of Nottingham dry yeast with corn sugar to carb.

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Old 06-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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How close was the color? It seems as though this would be darker than the original. Have you made any other changes since posting this two years ago?

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