GRID Blonde 3V Conical V1_2

Trying to perfect my Blonde recipe. It is modeled after 805 from Firestone Walker but only loosely. I’ve been on a few work trips to Vegas and they have 805 all over the place there at and it is a really really great blonde ale. Perfect for hot weather but really just great anytime. I wanted to try Great Western’s 2-row and so far it has been awesome. I really did not like their High Color malt but their Premium 2-row is fantastic. I’m trying 5-7% chit malt for my beers to promote head and retention which I got from Scott Janish’s IPA book. 805 uses Gambrinus Honey Malt which I have like when I used it in the past. it’s not so much a sweet honey flavor as a deep rich honey flavor and some other munich-esque flavors but pretty restrained. The hops also came from Scott Janish’s book. I’ve been using CTZ for my 60 minute addition. It does seem to give a spicy note to the beer which I really like. I wanted a blend of earthy/dank and citrus for this beer. Very much on the low end but noticeable. Janish found Nugget and Cascade do very well in the whirlpool so I figured I’d give those a go. And for the yeast, I’m trying Imperial’s Flagship which is the Chico strain. I have been super impressed with Imperial’s yeast but wanted to try a different strain for this run of beers.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid blonde v1_2
Style: Blonde Ale 18A BJCP 2015
Date: 09-20-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 17.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.47 G
Volume: 8.87 G
Temp: 32.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.042
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.9 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G


Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
15.000 Lb86.0 %Brewer’s Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Western)80.02.0
1.250 Lb7.0 %chit malt (BestMälz)78.31.5
1.250 Lb7.0 %Honey Malt (Gambrinus)83.025.0


0.35 OzColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)15.560 minsBoil12.0
1.0 OzNugget13.020 minsAroma8.0
1.0 OzCascade6.220 minsAroma4.0


1.000 unitFlagship Imperial A07


1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Predicted Mash Ph: 5.46


Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 28.391 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g
Lactic Acid: 4.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 7.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g


Ferment 68f for 2 weeks

Regular 3 Vessel Brewday. No issues.
For whirlpool I killed the boil and i already had cooling setup in place. I cooled to 205F, put in hops and whirlpooled for 20 mins before cooling. It fell to 179F by the end of the 20 mins.
I pitched most of the 400mL of yeast I collected from the APA
The wort tasted great. seemed a bit bitter maybe?
11/1/19 pitched @ 2pm
@8pm steady bubbling
11/2/19 @8am strong steady bubbling
11/3/19 ditto
11/4/19 ~8 sec
11/5/19 ~30 sec
11/15/19 cold crashed to 35F
11/18/19 harvested yeast -> filled up most of a quart mason jar
FG 1.014
tastes really good. nice subtle hop flavor. malt profile is really nice

12/18/19 Tasting notes compared to a Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale (BJCP reference Blonde Ale)

Aroma- Mine: sweet. low bready. low citrus/grapefruit, low earthy, no off aromas
Kona:low generic sweet, med-low citrus, no off aromas

Mine has a noticeably strong malt aroma, especially the bready notes. kona has a much stronger hop aroma but to me it is too much for a blonde ale.

Appearance – Mine: deep gold. nice 1/2″ head. excellent retention. crystal clear.
Kona: straw to pale gold. excellent head and retention.

Kona is noticeably lighter in color

Flavor: Mine: Low honey sweet, low toasty, low bready, low citrus, stonefruit (apricot) and earthy.
Kona: sadly showing a bit of age and oxidation. low clean sweet generic malt, med-low citrus/orange, grapefruit

Kona has zero malt flavor and much higher hop flavor. similar levels of bitterness

Mouthfeel – Mine:medium body, no astringency, lingering low breadiness and earthy notes
Kona: similar but lingering citrus

Overall: kona seems out of style. the hop flavor and aroma are more pale ale or even ipa although the bitterness is good. i like my beer but i need to tune down the honeymalt – maybe in half? to bring down the higher than i want for this style bready and rich honey notes as well as bring the color down from a deep gold to a light gold to straw color.

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