Please Help My Summer Blonde Ale

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Hey guys,

I was hoping to elicit some advice from you all.  I'm trying to brew a
lighter, but still flavorful summer ale.  I've searched through all of
my brewing books, as well as a bit of "Googling" and haven't found a
good basis for what I'm after.  Would you all mind taking a look at
this recipe and offering me a little advice on whether or not this
will be tasty, or how I may improve it?  

Summer Blonde Recipe:

1 lb. 20L Crystal Malt
4 lb. Munton's Plain Super Light LME
1 lb. Munton's Plain Wheat DME ( which is 55% wheat, 45% barley)
1 lb. Pure Wildflower honey

According to QBrew, this should work out to a starting gravity of
1.046 and finish up at 4.5% alcohol.  I'd sort of thought about adding
a small amount of corn sugar to lighten it up and add a little more
kick, but I've never used honey before, and I'm afraid honey AND corn
sugar will make the brew a little cidery.

As for hops, I haven't the slightest idea of what I'll use, but I have
about a pound each of Fuggles and EKG.  At this point I'm basically
just trying to find out if the fermentables sound ok, since I've never
used wheat or honey before.  

As for the honey, from what I've been able to gather from Google is
that I should add the honey after flameout in order to retain the
sweet honey flavor?

Thanks again!
Brad

Re: Please Help My Summer Blonde Ale
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Sounds delicious to me!!  You don't really need to change a thing.  However
it does seem a little bit more on the orange side rather than yellow, not
that there's anything wrong with that.... but if you'd like to lighten up
the color a bit, use only 0.5 lb crystal 20L and/or 0.5 lb wheat DME, and
add a little corn sugar or rice syrup to make up the sugar (& alcohol).  You
cannot go wrong with rice syrup.  I love the stuff.  It's got no color, and
no funny flavors that I know of.  It might thin the beer like corn sugar
does, but I've never noticed anything bad about it.  I've even used rice
syrup as the base malt (if you can call it that!) in one recipe and it
turned out great.  Anyway...

Also a couple of quick suggestions with the hops: try 0.5 oz Fuggles for 60
minutes, then 1 oz Fuggles or EKG for 15 minutes, then 1 oz Fuggles or EKG
to finish off.  This should get you within the good end of the bitterness
and flavor ranges.  If you want more citrus and fruity flavors, I might also
suggest Cascade hops, which may be a little more bitter, so you may want to
use less than the amounts I listed.  Just rough guesses anyway, with a
little help from my StrangeBrew software.  :)

Good luck!  Let us know how it turns out!

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



Re: Please Help My Summer Blonde Ale


 
Summer Blonde Recipe:
1 lb. 20L Crystal Malt
4 lb. Munton's Plain Super Light LME
1 lb. Munton's Plain Wheat DME ( which is 55% wheat, 45% barley) 1 lb.
Pure Wildflower honey
  a starting gravity of 1.046 and finish up at 4.5% alcohol. I'd sort of
thought about adding a small amount of corn sugar to lighten it up and
add a little more kick, but I've never used honey before, and I'm afraid
honey AND corn sugar will make the brew a little cidery.
  

i am by no-means a expert on this ...  but if you are woried about
adding sugar to honey THEN DON`T!! .... i think it is true... mix sugar
& honey and you get a cider-lemon-YUCK!!!! .. it hapend to me.....  
if it were me i would just add more honey........ and if its to heavy
for a summer beer (freez it/keg-it) and throw out the ice slush...
PS... i would go light on the hops..... JMO .....
  
  


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John, forgive me, but your logic is not quite right.  How you get from honey
to lemon is beyond me.  I believe your story and I trust you had that
experience, however I believe your experience was an isolated incident, and
is certainly not a common problem.  I have no idea how it happened.  Could
be the yeast, temperature, hops, sanitation, who knows.  Also, if a beer is
too heavy, you surely do not want to freeze it and throw out the ice
crystals -- this will just make it heavier and higher in alcohol!!  The best
way to thin it out is to add corn sugar or rice syrup instead of some of the
malt extract.  Or just add water.  ;)

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --
Genesis, 1973-ish



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