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Old 05-26-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default Memorial Day Brewing Centennial/Amarillo Golden Ale

Below is the original recipe from BeerTools. Half of that 6oz is Amarillo (it's all the LHBS would give me). I noticed 2 things, first the IBUs are out of style for a 6B Blonde Ale. I'm not too worried, because I like the hops, but I noticed that the recipe calls for a boil duration for 1.5 hours. I've never boiled for more than an hour, is this really necessary? Also should I do the hop schedule 2oz Cen, 1oz Cen 1oz Am and 2 oz Am? Or should I just dump everything in a bowl and give a random mix and pull 2oz out accordingly, for the hell of it?

Centennial Golden Ale (Blonde Ale) from BeerTools website
11 gal batch
16lb American 2 row
2lb American Vienna
1lb Rye
2oz Centennial 8.8% at 60 min
2oz Centennial 8.8% at 15 min
2oz Centennial 8.8% at 0 min (the recipe says at .25 min?)
WYeast 1056 American Ale
1.050 OG
1.011 FG
3.60 SRM
46 IBUs
5.1% ABV

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:16 PM   #2
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Perhaps the extra 30 min. on the boil is for obtaining the proper target volume of 11 gallons? What's the sparge schedule look like?

When I plug your recipe into Beersmith I get 1.02 IBU/SG. Seems quite high for a Blonde style. What is the AAU% of the Amarillo you got.

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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That's actually more of an APA than a Blonde at those IBUs and late additions. A blonde would be more like a single 2oz addition at 60min. Nothing wrong with the recipe really, just requires a name change (Amarillo Pale Ale).

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Right now I'm more concerned with making something that we like rather than being restrictive to style. It's good to know that in theory the recipe wont be a disaster (due to the high hop schedule). Oh, and it's freaking hot out here today...

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Theres no Pils in that grain bill, so the boil for 90 is a little weird. If that was a recipe that I was going to do I would go for just the 60 min boil and keep a close eye on my water volumes. Good Luck, sounds good.

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Thanks Gabe.. I was wondering about the whole 90 minute thing.. sounded odd to me.. I really need to pay more attention to the recipes before I go ahead and do them.. Everything should turn out fine though...

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Any opinions on the hop mixing? I may just dump both 3oz bags of hops in a bowl and scoop them out in 2oz increments as per the schedule. Unfortuantely I didnt think to get the %'s on the Cent or the Am...

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