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Old 07-22-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Brulosopher's Blonde Ale

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP029 - German Ale/Kolsch
Yeast Starter: 1.5L
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 21.3
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 4.2
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days @ 63F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): Keg condition (on gas) at 38F for 5+ days
Tasting Notes: Refreshingly citrusy with a subtle woodiness from the CTZ. Delicious!

This is a great warm weather session quaffer. The CTZ at 10 minutes lends this beer a great yet subtle woodiness, which melds wonderfully with the Cascade hops. I'm sipping 20 oz of this as I type:

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8.25 lbs Pale Malt (NW Pale)
0.75 lbs White Wheat Malt
0.50 lbs Crystal 15 Malt
0.25 lbs CaraPils

Hops Schedule
7 g (.25 oz) Galena (13%) - 55 min
7 g (.25 oz) Cascade (6.4%) - 25 min
7 g (.25 oz) CTZ (12.9%) - 10 min
7 g (.25 oz) Cascade (6.4%) - 5 min

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WLP029 German Ale/Kolsch

Nothing special with this brew, just a basic/simple process. If you brew it, let me know what you think. I've had it on tap for less than a week and it's about gone... damn Here's a pic:

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Old 10-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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I'm going to grab the grains and brew this with a buddy over the weekend. Will be uping it to a 10 gallon batch. I have lots of CTZ so i will be using them in place of the Galena at the start of the boil also. This also looks like a good candidate for a fruit beer so an extract might need to be added at bottling or perhaps frozen strawberries or a puree in the secondary. Will let you know. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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I'm going to grab the grains and brew this with a buddy over the weekend. Will be uping it to a 10 gallon batch. I have lots of CTZ so i will be using them in place of the Galena at the start of the boil also. This also looks like a good candidate for a fruit beer so an extract might need to be added at bottling or perhaps frozen strawberries or a puree in the secondary. Will let you know. Thanks for sharing.
Great, don't forget to report back! CTZ will be great as a bittering hop, just try to match the IBU, this one is nicely balanced. Cheers!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Great, don't forget to report back! CTZ will be great as a bittering hop, just try to match the IBU, this one is nicely balanced. Cheers!
Yup I adjusted to keep the ibu close. I'm at 22 according to beersmith.

What did you mash at? I'm thinking about 148-150 ish too keep this light and let it finish fairly dry. Thanks will let ya know how it turns out.
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Yup I adjusted to keep the ibu close. I'm at 22 according to beersmith.

What did you mash at? I'm thinking about 148-150 ish too keep this light and let it finish fairly dry. Thanks will let ya know how it turns out.
Sounds good. I mashed at 150F.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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I brewed this on October 28th so yesterday was day 14. I took a SG reading and was at 1.010 and all krausen had fallen and it had cleared up pretty nicely so I racked it to keg stuck it in the kegerator and put it on the gas.

I used Wyeast 2565 Kolsch yeast instead of the White labs and I used CTZ at 60 mins for the bittering hop in place of the Galena. I overshoot the OG a bit mine was 1.056 so it's going to be a 6% blonde. Other then that everything was the same. Will report back in a few weeks with a taste test.

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I brewed this on October 28th so yesterday was day 14. I took a SG reading and was at 1.010 and all krausen had fallen and it had cleared up pretty nicely so I racked it to keg stuck it in the kegerator and put it on the gas.

I used Wyeast 2565 Kolsch yeast instead of the White labs and I used CTZ at 60 mins for the bittering hop in place of the Galena. I overshoot the OG a bit mine was 1.056 so it's going to be a 6% blonde. Other then that everything was the same. Will report back in a few weeks with a taste test.
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Reporting back as promised :-) taste test is smooth and a bit sweet but balanced. A fine brew slightly cloudy (expected with kolsch yeast) 2 thumbs up

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Looked a bit dark in that last pic here is another one

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Looks great. That puppy will be crystal clear in 2-3 weeks... I it's still around by then
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