So this last weekend I brewed up batch of blonde ale(ish) with a couple buddys. The batch was 7.5gal and consisted of the following:
15.75lb 2row(great western)
60min 2oz Saaz
30min .75oz Sorachi Ace
5min .75oz Sorachi Ace
5min juice from 2 lemons and 2 oranges (hand squeezed)
3min zest from all 4 fruits
10min whirlfloc addition
I double crushed the grain this time and I think it helped the eff.
Most of the time with a simple grain rinse, I'm somewhere around 70-72% eff. This time I was somewhere around 77% with a simple rinse.
Post boil: 1.064
I was guessing it wouldn't do much (double crush) so I was thinking I'd be under 1.060, but I did better than I thought with 1.064 so I added a bit of water and brought it down to 1.058. I didnt want the abv too high as this is kind of a lightish fruity ale that my wife and her friends won't be afraid to drink.
I separated the wort into two carboys, a 6 and a 3 gallon better bottle so I could try a little Sorachi Ace dry hop for me and my friends . It won't be much (.75oz) but it will add to the aroma a bit and make it a little earthier.
I'm using Wyeast Belgian Strong Ale yeast on the ladies version and safale 04 on the 3gal, dry hopped, guys version.
I also plan on adding several ounces of orange and lemon zest at about a week or so in, but I'm not entirely sure on how I should treat the zest before adding to the primaries. Thoughts?
And for the pics of brew day...