Blonde Ale is a light, refreshing ale variety that is meant to be easy-drinking and quite approachable. While not a lager,
blonde ale has many characteristics of light style lagers including a light golden or pale color and a clean finish. Blonde Ales
generally have higher hopping levels however, and are great for using German or European variety hops.
Another approach to hopping would involve Cascade or Amarillo in the finish to make an American variety blonde ale.
American 2 Row Pale malt as a base with some Munich and a bit of crystal should produce a nice beer. The addition of wheat or Cara malts
will provide some mouth feel.
Hopping can either be European (Hallertau, Saaz, etc.) or American (Cascade, Amarillo, Sterling.)
|OG: 1.03- 1.054||FG: 1.008 - 1.013||IBU: 15 - 28||SRM: 3 - 6||ABV: 3.8% - 5.5%|
All Grain Recipe - Blonde Ale ::: 1.052/1.012 (5.75 Gal)
9.5 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt (US)
1 lb. - Munich Malt
1 lb. - Carapils or Carafoam
Hop Schedule (21 IBU)
1.25 oz - Hallertau [4.8%] (60 Min.)
1 oz - Saaz [4%] (5 Min.)
White Labs WLP001/ Wyeast 1056 / Safale S-05 American Yeast
- OR -
White Labs German Ale/Kolsch (WLP029) - 1800 ml starter
Mash at 154° for 30 min.
Sparge as usual
Boil for 60 minutes
Cool and ferment at about 67° (WLP001) or 58° (WLP029)
Recipe changed 10/08 to lighten it up a bit.