Clear Blonde Ale
Recipe Date: November 21, 2012
Type: Extract - Real Ale Fireman's #4 (6B)
Specialty Grains: .75 lb 2-Row Malt
Extract: 7 lb Extra Pale Extract
60 Minute Hops: .75 oz Crystal
15 Minute Hops: .75 oz Crystal
5 Minute Hops: .5 oz Crystal
Yeast: White Labs - Dry English Ale 007 - WLP007
OG/FG: 1.050 / 1.011
I brewed this same blonde ale recipe in February, 2012. It was the second batch of beer that I had ever made. I liked it so much that I decided to make it again. After brewing several batches of beer (starting with the Brown Ale - July 2012), I noticed that they get quite a bit clearer with a little aging. After one week of fermentation, and another week of secondary fermentation, I let the blonde ale age an additional six weeks in a keg with 20 psi of C02, before chilling it.
Once this blonde ale was chilled and carbonated, I sampled the first glass. It was still a little cloudy, but not like the February brew. After the beer chilled for another three weeks, I started noticing some clarity. The picture of the clear blonde ale on this page was taken 1 month after it was chilled (about three months after pitching the yeast).
This beer is excellent and smooth. My wife and I enjoyed several glasses while watching the NFL conference championships and Super Bowl. It was a great way to finish the 2012/2013 football season.