I am currently composing everything for my first brew. I am reading Palmer’s “How to Brew”, I am not through yet, but getting there. Rather than just buying a kit I want to understand a bit more and buy the ingredients myself.
In style I want my beer to approach a Blonde Ale probably no one of you will know (“Chopfab Hell” by a local brewery which is getting increasingly popular in the area). It doesn’t have to be a clone but I’d like it to go in the same direction. On their website they actually give quite some information about the beer.
- IBU 21[/*]
- golden color[/*]
- Nose: flowery, fine hop[/*]
- Palate: fruity, mild[/*]
- Malt: Pale Ale, Pilsner, CaraHell (pale caramel malt)[/*]
- Bittering hop: Centennial[/*]
- Flavoring hop: Cascade, Chinook[/*]
- Dry hopping: Cascade[/*]
- ABV: 5%[/*]
It’s a very drinkable beer, noticeable but not excessive bitterness. Since it’s my first brew I’d obviously do extract. I’d go for Spraymalt Light. Since steeping grain doesn’t seem too hard to do, I think about steeping CaraHell but I might leave that out just to keep it easier. As for the yeast, probably any general purpose ale yeast like Safale US-05 will do?
For a 2.3 gallon (10 l) batch I would take:
- 3 lb Dry Malt Extract Light[/*]
- 10 g Centennial 60 min, pellets 9.6%[/*]
- 5 g Cascade 15 min, pellets 7.4%[/*]
- 2.5 g Chinook 15 min, pellets 11.3%[/*]
Ferment two weeks.
With a calculator (80% attenuation) this comes out to 5.1% ABV, 21.5 IBU.
My big question then is for dry hopping, how much would I use? (again Cascade, pellets) I’d likely throw it in after 3-4 days (when the fermentation dies down a bit) and leave it in for the remaining 1.5 weeks.
(And my even bigger question, do you think any of this makes sense? E.g. the hop distribution…)
If I was to steep some CaraHell, I would of course reduce the DME - to maybe 2.75 lb plus 0.75 lb steeped CaraHell (assuming 25-35% efficiency)?
I don’t care about the final color too much at this point, more about the general taste profile. So if it became darker it wouldn’t be an issue to me…
Thanks for any help!