I'm planning my 8th or 9th brew coming up here in February and need some advice on the recipe. The beer is a blonde ale (at least I think it is), with various aphrodisiacs thrown in. Hey, it's for Valentine's day
Recipe Type: All Grain
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 31.6 (0.57 BU:GU)
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Amount Item Type %
8.00 lb Belgian Pilsner Grain 73 %
1.00 lb Belgian Aromatic Grain 9 %
1.00 lb Briess CaraPils Grain 9 %
1.00 lb Simpsons Golden Naked Oats Grain 9 % (Simpsons Golden Naked Oats : Northern Brewer
0.5 oz Centennial (60 min) Bittering Hops
0.5 oz Centennial (30 min) Bittering Hops
0.5 oz Cascade (10 min) Aroma Hops
1 Pkgs Wyeast German Ale (1007) (Wyeast 1007 German Ale : Northern Brewer
12.0 fluid oz Apple Juice (10 min)
12.0 fluid oz Pear Puree/Juice (10 min)
12.0 fluid oz Pineapple Juice (10 min)
1.0 fluid oz Vanilla Extract (10 min)
3 Whirlfloc tablets (10 min)
Bottle carbonate with Clover Honey
Some of my concerns:
1. Did I pick the right yeast? I want something balanced and not too fruity, as the juices will take care of that.
2. The IBUs and/or BU:GU measurement might not be totally accurate as I don't think it's incorporating the juices. In other words, probably won't be as bitter as it says.
3. Overall, what do you think about my choice of hops and malts? Trying to give my blonde ale a little bit of fruity zest with the Cascade/Centennial, to complement the fruit juices.
4. Would bottle carbonating with Clover Honey be too cloying? If so, any recommendations on what else I can use? Trying to stick to aphrodisiac theme
Any help would be appreciated!