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BlindLemonLars 01-28-2008 05:34 AM

Squeeze My Lemon Summer Blonde
Recipe: Squeeze My Lemon Summer Blonde (AG)
Brewer: BlindLemonLars
Style: Blonde Ale
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.043 SG
Estimated Color: 4.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.0 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item
5.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
2.00 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM)
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (60 min)
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (10 min)
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min)
1.00 Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 min)
2.00 oz Fresh Lemon Zest (Boil 5.0 min)
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04)

Total Grain Weight: 8.25 lb

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Mash 76 minutes @ 150.0 F

Ferment @ 62-65 F


tgrier 02-01-2008 01:46 PM


What would you say the flavor profile of this is?

I am searching through the Recipe Database looking for some lower hopped summer drinking beer and this one looks pretty good.

BlindLemonLars 02-02-2008 05:41 AM

It's very pale in color, crystal clear and definitely lightly hopped, with a light body but enough malt character to loudly declare that it ain't no BMC! I think the Safale S-04 gives it a touch of fruity and even floral flavor, but US-05 or Nottingham could be substituted if you want it squeaky clean. The lemon zest (I used fresh, off my tree) gives it a nice little bite that kind of compensates for the low IBUs, and plays off the citrusy notes from the Centennial & Cascade. Next time, I may skip boiling the zest, and instead steep it in some everclear. (Which is what I do when making limoncello.)

This recipe started life as a "housekeeping" brew, when I was clearing out some old supplies. I had the hops, a few pounds of extract, a bit of crystal and cara-pils and I threw in a pound of dextrose :eek: just to up the gravity a bit. I wasn't expecting much, but it was very nice...light and refreshing. I've since made two all grain batches, and it's a big hit with everybody who tries it. I took 2 liters to work today, and my co-workers made short work of it! :mug:


tgrier 02-04-2008 02:09 PM

Thanks for the pic Lars.

It looks great.

I am going to give this one a try. I will report back here after I brew it.
I am thinking of doing a 10gal batch and dropping 04 and notty in and then I can compare the difference.

Do you add some lemon to your final product when you serve it?

BlindLemonLars 02-04-2008 04:01 PM


Originally Posted by tgrier
Do you add some lemon to your final product when you serve it?

No, but my friend likes it with lime. Of course he's from Mexico City, and eats/drinks EVERYTHING with lime!

medic_35057 04-24-2008 03:30 AM

Made BlindLemonLars' Squeeze My Lemon Summer Blonde yesterday. Pitched Nottingham yeast this a.m. before leaving for work. Got home tonight and had good fermentation going on. The smell of lemons is incredible.:rockin: I did my first batch sparge on this beer and while I was short a little on sparge water amount I was still able to hit O.G. of 1.043. Boiled 5 gallons down to 4 but added 1 gallon of spring water to the carboy for 5 gallons. Not sure how this will affect the wort but looking forward to it anyway. I used 2 oz. of dried lemon peel along with zest from 5 lemons in the boil at 10 minutes. I will try to remember in two weeks to post a comment on the taste when I rack into secondary.

BlindLemonLars 04-24-2008 06:27 PM

That's great, I'm pleased somebody is taking a stab at my recipe! Yes, please let us know how it turns out. I just blew out my last keg a few days ago, and am already missing it. If circumstances allow, I'll be brewing another batch this weekend, to have it ready for summer pool parties.

I should clarify my recipe...the 2oz of lemon zest is FRESH zest, not dried peel. Something tells me your beer is going to be much more lemony than mine, which has just a hint. Still, I bet it will be great!

BlindLemonLars 07-08-2008 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by BlindLemonLars (Post 540358)
Next time, I may skip boiling the zest, and instead steep it in some everclear. (Which is what I do when making limoncello.)

Okay, scratch this idea...save the everclear and lemon zest for limoncello. I tried it with my last batch, and now I have 5 gallons of beer that tastes like lemon cake.

It's actually not all that bad, just not nearly as good as my previous batches, which had the most subtle hint of lemon. This one SCREAMS lemon, where the other ones whispered. Next time, the zest is going in the boil, where it belongs.

artbrewer 10-30-2008 03:48 PM

i was thinking about making this with lime...would the zest from 1 lime be enough?

BlindLemonLars 10-30-2008 04:33 PM

I'd think you'd need at least a few more...it took several lemons to harvest enough zest for this recipe. Remember, you're just shaving off the outer layer, leaving the white behind.

In my experience, lime zest is much more bitter than lemon. In the context of a beer that might work out OK, but I've never tried it. I did try making limoncello (which I make all the time with lemons) with lime zest, and it was undrinkable.

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