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Old 07-20-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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Default Imperial Blonde Ale questions!

So I recently read and interesting article on Glacier Brewhouse up in Alaska and they had an interesting style of beer posted. They made an imperial blonde ale that was single hopped with centennial.

I was curious about making something similar! I already ordered some supplies from one of my favorite sites, Austin Homebrew, and was just wondering if I could get some input on how to craft this beast!

Things in the mail:

1lb Belgian Candy Sugar Clear
5oz Centennial Pellet hops
8lb Briess Light Dry Malt Extract
1 smack pack Wyeast Belgian Abbey II (a personal favorite of mine)


It looks pretty basic (and it is), any suggestions or input is wanted!

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Ever looked at hopville' home brew recipe calculator? It's free and I've used it for all of my batches so far and love that site.

http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe

LIking that simple recipe....can you tell me, do you add the Belgian Candy Sugar Clear to the boil and for how long?

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Old 07-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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I have not checked that out but now I need to! I think I will be adding it to the boil but probably within the last 15 minutes. Some of the extract will go in as a late addition too I think.

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Old 07-20-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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Ya, add those at the end, so to keep it light. Imperial anything always makes it better!

WHat time are the hop additions?

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I'm not quite sure yet. I know blondes traditionally are lightly hopped but do I need to up the IBU's to match that extra malt? I really want the centennial to come through on this one so I'll probably have quite a few late additions.

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I'm not that experienced yet but that doesn't sound like an excessive amount of extract in your recipe to me. But 5 oz. hops is quite a bit imho. I just added only 4 oz. hop pellets to a brown ale (~5.25 gal) and it is tasting really hoppy/bitter (pre-bottle, bottling it today).
Again, I'd refer you to the beer calculator to help answer your question. Did you plug in the beer style you're shooting for and then it tells you, with a big green check mark, if you have all the right amounts for your ingredients including hop additions and timing(when to add). And it shows a sliding scale to the right that tells you where your recipe is from malty sweet to hoppy/bitter. Good luck.

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The only problem is that there is no baseline on the two calculators I've tried. Imperial blonde ale isn't listed and American Strong Ale is not listed either. Essentially with all of the malt and sugar the abv comes out at 8.2%. Currently my tentative hop lineup puts me at 45.8 IBU's with a bitterness ratio of 0.594 IBU/SG. Compared to a regular blonde that I've made the bitterness ration is just a bit higher on this one

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Sounds like you're in the ball park. Good luck with it.

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The ingredients are in today! Hopefully ill have time to get up early and do it friday morning!

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The ingredients are in today! Hopefully ill have time to get up early and do it friday morning!
Hmm never heard of an imperial blonde. I just made a blonde and its sitting in the keg right now, tastes great.

The one thing id say is make sure you use enough yeast, as well as the proper type. With high abv beers, once the abv starts to go beyond 6% it can be too toxic for the yeast and kill it off before fully attentuated. Also make sure you ferment at the proper temp, you dont want te yeast to create off flavors.

Thats all i got, good luck!!!
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