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Homebrew: Summer Blonde


The Imperial Stout I brewed last week has been fermenting along nicely, and as the airlock activity started slowing down, I raised the fermentation temperature (from the initial 17C) to 20C. Big and complex stouts aren’t the ideal summer beers, so last Sunday I brewed up a batch of a really simple Blonde Ale. The malt bill consisted of Pilsner malt, Flaked Oats, CaraAmber and CaraPils. I slightly overshot the OG, and ended up with 38 liters of 1.055-gravity wort instead of 42 liters of 1.050-gravity wort. The beer is lightly hopped with Herkules and Cascade, with a calculated IBU around 24. This means the beer should appeal to pretty much everyone and be really easy to drink. I decided to ferment the beer with White Lab’s German Ale/Kölsch strain, which should lend some lager-like characteristics as well. The brewday went extremely smoothly for once, and even hit the assumed efficiency of 70%. This will be kegged and ‘lagered’ after a couple of weeks. Hopefully a really nice beer to drink on hot summer days.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
38 L 90 min 24.1 IBUs 10.8 EBC 1.054 1.013 5.5 %
Actuals 1.05 1.01 5.2 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Blonde Ale 6 B 1.038 - 1.054 1.008 - 1.013 15 - 28 5.9 - 11.8 2.4 - 2.8 3.8 - 5.5 %


Name Amount %
Pilsner 8.2 kg 84.97
Oats, Flaked 750 g 7.77
Caraamber 450 g 4.66
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 250 g 2.59


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Herkules 15 g 60 min Boil Pellet 14.5
Cascade 15 g 25 min Boil Pellet 6.4
Cascade 30 g 15 min Boil Pellet 6.4
Cascade 15 g 0 min Boil Pellet 6.4


Name Amount Time Use Type
Calcium Chloride 9.80 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.50 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Lactic Acid 4.30 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
German Ale/Kolsch (WLP029) White Labs 75% 18.33°C - 20.56°C


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 66.67°C 60 min

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