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Old 12-31-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default Unruly Blonde

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale US-05
Yeast Starter: N/A
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.059
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 29
Boiling Time (Minutes): 65
Color: 4.5
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7d@61F, then 7d@69F
Additional Fermentation: N/A
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 8d@61F
Tasting Notes: Well balanced with ample hop character and little to no alcohol presence despite ABV.

This was intended to be a simple blonde ale to inaugurate my new AG system, but it got away from me thanks to my under-estimate of efficiency. I'm posting the recipe as-brewed since it turned out so well. It is almost a 2-row/Palisade SMASH except for the 4% rye malt that I added for head retention and just a touch of zing.

Grain bill:
96% 2-row Pale malt (11lb)
4% Rye malt (0.5lb)

Single infusion, 1.25qt/lb @ 152F for 60 minutes

Batch, targeted 7.0gal boil to get ~5.5gal in my fermenter

65 minute boil

Hop Schedule:
60min: 1oz Palisade
15min: 1/2 oz Palisade
Flamout: 1/2 oz Palisade

1 packet Safale US-05, no starter
Fermented in the low 60s (fahrenheit) for 1 week then increased to the high 60s for the 2nd week. Racked to a brite tank for 1 week in the low 60s to clear-up.

This turned out to be a much more flavorful beer than I expected. Hop bitterness is extrmely well balanced against the malt, and the Palisade flavor comes through very nicely. I would call the flavor "herbal." The rye goes almost unnoticed due to the small percentage used, but just a hint of spiciness can be detected in the finish if you look for it. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer despite having a higher alcohol percentage (6.3% ABV) than a "standard" blonde ale.

You'll have to pardon the chill haze.

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Looks good, nice job. Nice idea of adding a hint of rye, I'll have to do that next time.

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