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Old 04-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #11
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Following the threads on this, it looks like the recipe you point to with the Hallertau was the old recipe, and the current brew has citra. But I can say that my attempt with citra smells a lot like Big Wave that is out now.
Wow. Ok, never seen a beer change its profile SO much... but still keep the same name. The two malt bills and hop profile aren't even CLOSE.

Why not just give it a new name??

o_O

Fyi - my clone is bubbling away @ 70 degrees...

 
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #12
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Got a chance to brew a second batch with a few changes. I suspect the crystal level is low still, but the dry hopping may get me closer to the hop profile.

Poor Man's Blonde Ale-2

Recipe specifics:

Style: Blonde Ale
Batch size: 5.2 gal
Boil volume: 3.5 gal
OG: 1.042
FG: 1.010
Bitterness (IBU): 22.3
Color (SRM): 6.4
ABV: 4.1%

Grain/Sugars:

3.30 lb Light LME, 42.0%
2.00 lb Weyermann Pale Ale Malt, 25.4%
1.56 lb Light DME, 19.9%
1.00 lb Crystal 10L, 12.7%

Hops:

0.25 oz Citra (AA 14.5%, Pellet) 30 min, 8.2 IBU
0.25 oz Citra (AA 14.5%, Pellet) 20 min, 6.4 IBU
0.50 oz Citra (AA 14.5%, Pellet) 10 min, 7.7 IBU
1.00 oz Ahtanum (AA 5.7%, Pellet) dry hop

Yeast/Misc:

London Ale yeast, 1.0 unit(s), Yeast

 
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:13 PM   #13
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London ale huh, and all the pale ale malt - I'll be interested to hear how this turns out. Are you aiming for a clone or just a good recipe?

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #14
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Clone would be nice. I really enjoyed the brew I had at my local pub. Since I'm an extract/specialty grain brewer, I find throwing pale malt in helps with grain flavor.

I went with London ale for the clean dry finish of it. I felt the Big Wave I drank went in that direction as well.

Do you have a favorite yeast for that type of finish? OR, do you know what yeast Kona uses??

 
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:52 PM   #15
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Clone would be nice. I really enjoyed the brew I had at my local pub. Since I'm an extract/specialty grain brewer, I find throwing pale malt in helps with grain flavor.

I went with London ale for the clean dry finish of it. I felt the Big Wave I drank went in that direction as well.

Do you have a favorite yeast for that type of finish? OR, do you know what yeast Kona uses??
I worry that with all the pale ale malt and the London ale that this will come across as closer to a bitter - citrusy - but with more bready, biscuity flavors. Another tip off is your color is darker than I think the big wave is. My side by side tasting of mine and the bottled original were nearly identical in color - in the 4L range.

I would think this would be best with a clean American ale yeast (1056, 001, US-05, or others like PAC man, San Diego etc). British ale Yeasts are described as being pretty clean if fermented really cool - but I haven't done this, but would the cleanest British yeast brows more esters than the clean US ale yeasts.

Your will make a great and tasty beer, but if I had to guess it won't be a clone. But I could be weong

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:05 PM   #16
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Tasting day: too hoppy, not sweet enogh. Will have to bump up the crystal, and dampen the hop additions. Just a bit darker by a degree or two. Can't help that much with extracts.

Not bad as is, but basicly just a Citra version of Sierra Nevada.

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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Glad to hear it is a good beer anyway. Citra SNPA sounds good! Mine just kicked this week - was too thin for big wave as I stayed before. Back to the drawing board

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #18
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Actually, drinking a second glass, I'm looking at color thinking I'm not far off. First pic is Kona from my favorite local pub...

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Now light isn't the same, but that looks darn close to me! :-)

(Score!)

 
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:06 PM   #19
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Not too shabby! This beer took first place at an informal tasting this week!

 
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