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Old 10-26-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: Nottingham   
Yeast Starter: Nope   
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: Nope   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5 & 11   
Original Gravity: 1.039   
Final Gravity: 1.008   
IBU: 21.6   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60-75   
Color: 3.9   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 4 days at 68 Degrees   
Additional Fermentation: Kegged, chilled and Carb'd for one week   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 5 Days at 68 Degrees   

I’ve been tweaking a house ale recipe for a few months now and this is it. This is the recipe that will be a permanent fixture at my house. I’ve brewed it twice, served the first 10 gallons to friends, families and “curious on-lookers”, and just finished the second 10 gallon batch with identical results.

Light and crisp. The IBU’s are on the low side, but there is a nice sweet/spicy balance to the beer. The great fresh taste of a craft ale with an extremely clean finish. This reminds me of what a local craft brewery might come out of the gates with to win over a new market. Very drinkable with wide appeal. I’ve yet to have anyone, even BMC drinkers not say it’s one of the best beers they’ve tasted….period. The secret lies in the name. I moved through Northern Brewer, Nugget and Pearle hops, all in combination with Cascade. Even went with a strict Cascade hop bill, but was just a bit on the tart side for this lighter grain bill.

Once I matched up Centennial as the bittering hop and Cascade as a flavor/aroma hop…that’s when the magic happened.

This is also a simple, hard to screw up recipe. At just around 4%, this is a quaffer. Due to the lighter grain bill…this is easily a beer that can go from grain to glass in 2 weeks (if you keg).

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****10-Gallon Batch****
Batch Size: 11.00 gal
Boil Size: 13.69 gal
Estimated OG: 1.039 SG
Estimated Color: 3.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 21.6 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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14.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
1.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.50 oz Centennial [9.50%] (55 min)
0.50 oz Centennial [9.50%] (35 min)
0.50 oz Cascade [7.80%] (20 min)
0.50 oz Cascade [7.80%] (5 min)
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) (Hydrated)



****5 Gallon Batch****

Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.57 gal
Estimated OG: 1.040 SG
Estimated Color: 3.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 21.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount
7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (55 min)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (35 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (20 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (5 min)
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) (Hydrated)


Mash at 150 degrees for 60 minutes.


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Old 10-26-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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Pretty Sweet! I'm getting in the 80s with my beers lately so I'll need to scale back some grain I guess.

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Old 10-27-2007, 03:45 AM   #3
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Wow only $22.59 shipped! (for the grains and yeast...I've got a LB each of Centennial and Cascade)

Can you say next brew?

Thanks for posting this BM

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:17 AM   #4
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Have you let it age any ever??? How was it? I too like the hops you choose for light beers they work really well together I am trying a Willamette test with my blonde right now, Its in secondary as we speek and I am guessing I should leave it there for a bit longer than 5 day. but my yeast is a bit slower than the Nottingham. I should try that one next. thanks for sharing
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:02 PM   #5
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Didn't need a lot of aging at all. This recipe is designed for quick turn around.

Thehops ratio is low enough and the centennial hops are "nice" enough...that there is no early bitterness.

 
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:54 AM   #6
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These Centennial Blondes only lasted about an hour at a family affair in KC this weekend. Even the non-beer drinkers indulged in more than a few.

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I had to slap a few hands of people who kept insisting on drinking from the bottle....then I decided to try the same and boy...this was even good without a proper pour into a pilsner glass.

It only took a couple hours to polish off most of the stash.

I decided to abscound with some extra Corona empties (I'm skunking some beer for you Yuri...;D)

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Looks like you put the BMBF to good use.

 
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Looks like you put the BMBF to good use.
Yepper...

Decided to go to the trouble of freezing the bottles this time around when bottling and made a huge difference.

Next time you're in town...I'll give the beer I serve you the same consideration...

 
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Sounds good. Any chance of a similar 5 gal extract version?

 
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Sounds good. Any chance of a similar 5 gal extract version?
This should get you a very similar beer:

Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.57 gal
Estimated OG: 1.044 SG
Estimated Color: 3.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 16.8 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.00 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 83.3 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 16.7 %
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (45 min) Hops 7.8 IBU
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (20 min) Hops 5.1 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (10 min) Hops 2.5 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (5 min) Hops 1.4 IBU
1 Pkgs Nottingham (Danstar #-) Yeast-Ale

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