Blonde Ale – Extract


General Info

Brewed to appeal to friends and family (especially my wife) that just don’t like that "heavy beer." Intended to be a refreshing, light, easy-drinking, lawnmower ale...kind of a lighter California Common.


Beer is right on for bitterness and gravity, although the OG reading I took was a bit higher than expected - possibly the honey that boosted it. Color is at the top of the scale for the Blonde style. Racked to primary on June 11, 2006.

Racked to secondary and took a gravity reading. Beer is cloudy at this early stage, but a good secondary fermentation followed by three weeks of aging should clear it up nicely (June 18, 2006).

Racked to keg and cleared the head space. Began the aging process in the refrigerator (June 24, 2006).

By July 11, 2006, the beer has clarified and is a beautiful golden-straw color. Malty with a sweet finish - easy drinking to say the least. Just in time for the big birthday bash!

Well, they must have liked it. The keg was tapped out by 10:00 pm (July 15, 2006). I’ll be brewing this one again. Notes for next time:

  • Up the bitterness a bit by adding more hops or cutting down on the honey.
  • Possibly impart a drier finish.
  • Use White Labs California Ale V or American Ale Blend yeast.


Amount Extract % of Grist
5.50 pounds LME - Light 88%
5.50 pounds Total Extract Weight 88% of grist

Malts and Grains

Amount Malt/Grain %
0.50 pounds American Munich Malt 8%
0.75 pounds Total Grain Weight 12%


Amount Adjunct
1.00 pounds Honey (Clover)


Amount Non-Fermentable Time
1 tsp. Gypsum 60 minutes
1/8 tsp. Super Irish Moss 15 minutes


Amount Hop Time AA
0.50 ounces Northern Brewer 60 min 8.2%
0.25 ounces Northern Brewer 15 min 8.2%
0.25 ounces Northern Brewer 1 min 8.2%
1.00 ounces Total Hop Weight


Name Lab/Manufacturer Form Amount
California Ale White Labs Liquid 35 ml


  • Steep grains in 2.0 gallons of 160 degree water for 30 minutes
  • Sparge with .5 gallon of 168 degree water
  • Bring to boil
  • Add extract
  • Add first round of Northern Brewer hops immediately (bittering)
  • Add the second round of Northern Brewer hops at 45 minutes (flavor)
  • Add the third round of Northern Brewer hops at 59 minutes (aroma)
  • Cool wort to 70 degrees
  • Pitch yeast

Fermentation and Aging

7 days @ 70° F
7 days @ 70° F
21 days @ 39° F

Big Red Truck Blonde

Date Brewed:  

Brew Day Data

  Target Actual Notes
Boil Time: 60    
OG: 1.052 / 12.9° P    
Mash PH:      
Boil PH:      

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