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Old 06-24-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Default Using 2-row as base for Belgian Blond?

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I want to make a Belgian Blond, not a Leffe clone, but in that ballpark. I see many recipes use Pilsner malt as a base, but I dont have any. Can you use 2-row pale instead? I'm using WLP550 Belgian Ale yeast, and have Belgian aromatic malt - will they alone provide the correct flavours? I'm guessing that Pilsner is used so the colour is nice and pale, right?

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Yes you can use it but it's going to have more of a pale ale-type malt flavor.

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I made a batch very much like what you've proposed, albeit with home-toasted malt instead of aromatic. I won't say the flavors were correct, but they were delicious.

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I made a batch very much like what you've proposed, albeit with home-toasted malt instead of aromatic. I won't say the flavors were correct, but they were delicious.
How'd you go about toasting the malt? Spread out on a cookie sheet and stick in the oven?
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Hi,
I want to make a Belgian Blond, not a Leffe clone, but in that ballpark. I see many recipes use Pilsner malt as a base, but I dont have any. Can you use 2-row pale instead? I'm using WLP550 Belgian Ale yeast, and have Belgian aromatic malt - will they alone provide the correct flavours? I'm guessing that Pilsner is used so the colour is nice and pale, right?
I've brewed Midwest Supplies Belgian Blonde and it was great. Their base malt consists of 5# 2-row and 4# wheat. I reallllly liked their recipe. It was a hit with everyone who had it. Here's a pic of it in the carboy.
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How'd you go about toasting the malt? Spread out on a cookie sheet and stick in the oven?
In short, yes. Long answer, I used 1/3 lb of the 100 Lovibond roast as directed by:

http://barleypopmaker.info/2009/12/08/home-roasting-your-malts/

Goes great with group buys.
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I've got to try this someday. And I love our Group Buy.

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