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Homebrew: South Pacific Blonde

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Today, me and my friend Marcus brewed up 25.5 liters of Blonde Ale hopped with hops from New Zealand (Nelson Sauvin) and Australia (Summer). We were aiming for a light and refreshing ale, with subtle bitterness, but still loads of hop flavors. The malt bill was inspired by the Centennial Blonde I brewed up last summer, and contains Pale Ale, Carapils (for head retention and some body), Vienna (for a little maltiness), and Crystal (for some caramel tones and body) malt. We were aiming for an OG of 1.044, but ultimately ended up slightly higher (12.0 brix; 1.046). If this ferments as dry as we hope, the final gravity should be around 1.007-1.008, giving an ABV of 4.7%. We used a small bitterness addition, followed by large amounts of late hops. I added 3.9g MgSO4 and 4.2g CaCl2 to the mash as well. I pitched some Nottingham yeast and placed the beer in the fermentation fridge, where it will ferment for a week at 17 degrees C before I add the dry hops. Really looking forward to this one, as the hops were smelling fantastic!

Recipe: South Pacific Blonde
Style: Blonde Ale
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 32.16 l
Post Boil Volume: 30.16 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 25.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 23.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.044 SG
Estimated Color: 10.6 EBC
Estimated IBU: 26.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.4 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt         Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
4.500 kg    Pale Ale (4.5 EBC)                       Grain         1        81.1 %        
0.450 kg    Cara-Pils/Dextrine (3.9 EBC)             Grain         2        8.1 %         
0.350 kg    Vienna Malt (6.9 EBC)                    Grain         3        6.3 %         
0.250 kg    Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (78.8 EBC)    Grain         4        4.5 %         
10.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min  Hop           5        11.5 IBUs     
10.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min  Hop           6        7.0 IBUs      
10.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min  Hop           7        5.7 IBUs      
10.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min   Hop           8        2.3 IBUs      
10.00 g     Summer [6.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min           Hop           9        1.1 IBUs      
20.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min   Hop           10       0.0 IBUs      
20.00 g     Summer [6.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min           Hop           11       0.0 IBUs      
1.0 pkg     Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         12       -             
40.00 g     Nelson Sauvin [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Da Hop           13       0.0 IBUs      
40.00 g     Summer [6.00 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days       Hop           14       0.0 IBUs