|Beer in the front, desk in the back!|
Finally, its a summer brewday. Meaning I’m brewing a blonde on the driveway where all the neighbours can see. Blondes are a quintessential summer brew – light, modest alcohol, modest hoppiness, means these can be enjoyed pint, after pint.
I’m making an extra 5L of this brew, to act as a test wort for a fermentation test of my recently purified wild strains. The low IBUs will let the yeast characteristics shine through, while the conventionally fermented portion of the brew will act as a flavour control.
I’m helping SWMBO’d refinish an antique maple desk during the brew, so I’ll have to keep this post short…
|Droit du seigneur Blonde|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 14-06-07|
|Batch Size (fermenter): 25.00 l||Boil Size: 30.69 l|
|Boil Time: 60 min|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.044 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.045 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.009 SG||Measured Final Gravity: TBA|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.5 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: TBA|
|Bitterness: 17.3 IBUs||Measured Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.035|
|Est Color: 3.8 SRM||Measured Pre-Boil Volume: 33L|
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge||Total Grain Weight: 5.00 kg|
|Sparge Water: 24.45 l||Grain Temperature: 22.0 C|
|Sparge Temperature: 75.6 C||Tun Temperature: 22.0 C|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE||Mash PH: 5.20|
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (8.98l, 15.47l) of 75.6 C water
The recipe is a simple one – the columbus hops are entirely optional, and were added as I didn’t have enough fuggels to get to the desired 17 IBU. Everything went fine aside from a slight overshooting at mash-in; fixed by stirring with the mash tuns top open. I ended up with a slightly larger boil volume than planned, but that was OK (who doesn’t like more beer?).