grid blonde v1_3

Continuing to refine my imaginary brewery beers :). No big changes. This beer is to build up Flagship for the APA and IPA.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid blonde v1_3
Style: Blonde Ale 18A BJCP 2015
Date: 12-21-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 16.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.16 G
Volume: 8.48 G
Temp: 32.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.040
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.67 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 Lb91.0 %Brewer’s Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Western)80.02.0
1.000 Lb6.0 %chit malt (BestMälz)78.31.5
0.500 Lb3.0 %Honey Malt (Gambrinus)83.025.0


0.5 OzColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)14.060 minsBoil15.0
1.0 OzNugget13.620 minsAroma9.0
1.0 OzCascade4.720 minsAroma3.0


1.000 unitFlagship Imperial A07


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

Predicted Mash Ph: 5.49


Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

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

1/15/20 Brew Day
No starter
Normal 3V Brewday with no issues
No ice needed…tap water is 62F
pitched @ 2pm
10pm slow steady bubbling
1/16/20 steady bubbling
1/17/20 “
1/18/20 ~8 sec
1/19/20 no bubbline
1/20/20 ~26 sec
1/21/20 ~30 sec
1/23/20 > 60 sec
1/31/20 cold crash to 35F
2/1/20 harvested 600mL of yeast. mixed and split across two pitches.
2/3/20 racked to keg. FG 1.012. fairly clear. tastes really good. promising!
2/4/20 turned down to 14psi and put on draft
2/5/20 carb already pretty good. a little low. really nice beer. clarity not great so will track to see how long it takes to drop clear
2/8/20 still hazy
2/14/20 crystal clear

2/19/20 comparison vs thousand smiles golden ale from foothills

aroma – mine: malty sweet w/ bready notes, faint dark honey notes. low citrus and herbal hop notes. low mineral note? clean. no off aromas
foothills: low generic malt aroma. med-low citrus hop aroma. clean.
delta: mine is a bit more malt leaning. foothills has a bit more hop aroma.

appearance – mine: gold. excellent clarity. 1/2″ white head w/ excellent retention
foothills: straw. excellent clarity. 1/2″ white head with excellent retention.
delta: mine is a bit darker

flavor – mine: generic malt sweetness w/ low toasty and dark honey notes. low herbal and grapefruit hop flavor. low bitterness. clean. no off flavors. balanced. finishes dry but not astringent.
foothills: very low malt flavor. med-low grapefruit hop flavor. low bitterness. clean. no off flavors. balanced a hair hop leaning. finishes dry.
delta: mine has subtle but noticeable malt flavor. foothills has no real malt flavor. foothills is a little higher hop flavor and mostly citrusy.

mouthfeel – mine: med body. med carb. not warming or creamy
foothills: med-low body. med carb. not warming or creamy
delta: foothills is noticeably thinner

overall – both are nice beers
for my goal which is an easy drinking step up from bud light but some subtle complexity I feel it is spot on. i think this beer is where I want it!!!

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