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Old 01-08-2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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Recipe Type: Partial Mash   
Yeast: Wyeast British Ale (1098)   
Yeast Starter: None   
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: None   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5   
Original Gravity: 1.054   
Final Gravity: 1.013   
IBU: 20.1   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60   
Color: 4.2   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 days @ 68-70F   
Additional Fermentation: None   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): None   
Tasting Notes: Malty, bready, subtle hop flavor, moderatley dry finish   

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Recipe: Ditzy Blonde
Brewer: AJ Lott
Asst Brewer: Kate Lott
Style: Blonde Ale
TYPE: Partial Mash
Taste: (35.0) 

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.00 gal      
Boil Size: 4.08 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 4.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 29.2 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 69.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
5 lbs         Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM)         Dry Extract  71.43 %       
1 lbs         Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        14.29 %       
8.0 oz        Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)              Grain        7.14 %        
8.0 oz        Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                     Grain        7.14 %        
1.00 oz       Williamette [5.50 %]  (60 min)            Hops         16.5 IBU      
0.50 oz       Fuggles [4.70 %]  (15 min)                Hops         3.5 IBU       
0.50 oz       Fuggles [4.70 %]  (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops
1 tbsp Irish Moss (15 min)
1 Pkgs        British Ale (Wyeast Labs #1098)           Yeast-Ale                  

Mash Schedule: My Mash
Total Grain Weight: 2.00 lb
My Mash
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp     
60 min        Step               Add 2.50 qt of water at 167.1 F     152.0 F

In a side by side comparison with Leffe Blonde, I have to say that I got pretty close. I wasn't even trying to clone Leffe, but that's what I got, so for those of you who want to brew a Leffe clone, this will get you pretty close. A couple tweaks might be in order to get it right on the money, but I believe it is close enough to call it a clone.

The weird thing, I thought, was that I didn't use any ingredients typical of a belgian blonde, but I still got one, somehow.

As far as quantitative differences betwee the two, it has a lower ABV, 4% in mine as opposed to 6% in theirs; mine is pretty clear but there is still a bit of haze while the Leffe is brilliantly clear. As a point of reference, when I hold my hand on the other side of the Leffe I can tell I am wearing a wedding ring while I can't with mine, but I can still see my hand.

So, overall, this a good approximation of Leffe, but the next time I brew it I will probably use a bit more pale malt to increase the ABV and do a two stage fermentation to aid with clarity. If you brew it, let me know how it turns out. Cheers
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:03 AM   #2
Nov 2009
San Jose, Ca
Posts: 32

Thanks for the recipe. I am a huge fan of leffe. As this is my first attempt at reading a recipe that I will actually make (read noob with only 1 batch under his belt), do you mind helping clarifying what I see in this recipe. See below for my interpretation;

- Looks like do a partial mash on grains (40 minutes or so) then sparge
- Add extract, boil then at rolling boil add first hops
- At 15 minutes remaining, add second hops and irish moss
- add final hops at 0 minutes

- rapid cool down
- pitch yeast with 2.5 gallons of cool water
- add wort
- air lock away (maybe 2 weeks in primary and 3 in secondary)

How long did you bottle age for? Also, any ideas on how to up the alcohol to 6%?

Thanks for the help!

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