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Old 03-17-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Amarillo Blonde

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP080
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU: 30.4
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 4.5
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 30 @ 65 Degrees
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): n/a
Tasting Notes: Well balanced very sessionable light beer with just enough hop bitterness coming thru

I wanted to make a couple of lighter beers for my outdoor wedding in April with a simple and cheap grain bill, I finally ran across some Amarillo hops that i had been wanting to try and this is what i came up with.

I am really impressed with the Amarillo flavor even though I used less than an ounce for the batch. It shines through with just a enough bitterness. When i do this beer again i will move the second hop addition to somewhere around 5-10 minutes for more aroma. This is lawnmower enough for the BMC fans but packs a bit more flavor.

Mashed @ 148 for 60 minutes.

Amarillo Blonde
Blonde Ale
Type: All Grain Date: 2/12/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal Brewer: Andy
Boil Size: 6.25 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
End of Boil Volume 5.20 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 4.75 gal Est Mash Efficiency 70.0 %
Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 88.2 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 11.8 %
0.60 oz Amarillo [9.30 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 24.3 IBUs
0.25 oz Amarillo [9.30 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 4 6.1 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.0 pkg Cream Ale Yeast Blend (White Labs #WLP080) [50.28 ml] Yeast 6 -

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.043 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.053 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.006 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.8 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.4 %
Bitterness: 30.4 IBUs Calories: 176.4 kcal/12oz
Est Color: 4.5 SRM
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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Amarillo is awesome. I was just thinking yesterday that I'd like to try a pale Amarillo and this looks pretty decent!

Does the full pound of crystal 10 overwhelm with sweetness at all? That's a higher % than I'd normally go on crystal, but I suppose I always use crystal 20...
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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I was kind of worried about the crystal being too sweet but it really isnt. There is a great balance with the Amarillo being strong enough to shine through even with the small amount i used. A 90 minute mash may be a good option to dry this out a bit more if you really wanted too.

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So i am now halfway through my keg of Amarillo Blonde V2.0

I used Marris Otter instead of the 2 row and moved the 60 min addition to .70 ounce of Amarillo and the 20 min addition is now a 2 min addition of .25 ounce. Its still really balanced but has a more pronounced hop flavor that i like much better, i will not use the MO again in this recipe though.

I think this is a solid base recipe with lots of room for improvements or additions.

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If this was my recipe I would try adding around 1LB of vienna if you are searching for just a little more malt flavor but the MO was too much.
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Vienna would be good. I love MO and use it in a lot of beers, I just like 2 row better in this beer. this is a beer I will keep making with slight changes until I find the perfect balance.

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Vienna would be good. I love MO and use it in a lot of beers, I just like 2 row better in this beer. this is a beer I will keep making with slight changes until I find the perfect balance.

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Would you recommend adding a lb Vienna in addition to the existing grain bill or would you swap a lb of Vienna for a lb of 2-row? I am hoping to brew this recipe this weekend since the high temps will be in the 80s instead of upper 90s and 100s.
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Personally I think I would sub the Vienna for a pound of 2 row. You wouldn't want the OG to get to high and throw off the balance of the malt and hop characters. Let me know how this turns out, I really think its a good base and inexpensive grain bill that you can change around.

Looking forward to hear about your version.

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I am putting brewing this beer now ahead of 6 other that I have all ready assembled the grains for. The only problem is that I don't have the correct yeast so I was thinking of using White Labs American Ale. Did you like the result of moving the aroma addition forward to 5 minutes?
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WLP060 sounds awesome for this beer. I was very pleased with skipping the 20 minute addition in the second batch. 5, 2, or even flame out be fine for the second addition.

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