Blonde Ale – All Grain


General Info

The second go ’round for the Big Red Truck. All grain this time.


OG reading was a bit high for the style. BeerTools predicted an OG of 1.051. This one clocked in at 1.058...well out of style guidelines. Must have been the honey. Next time, I’ll adjust the grain bill to bring down the gravity.

24 hours after pitching the yeast and the fermenter is bubbling like crazy (August 21, 2006).

Racked to keg and put into the refrigerator. Will do a slow force carbonate over the next week as it ages (September 2, 2006).

Force carbonation is still in process. I jump-started it a bit with a good minute of shaking with the CO2 cranked up. Early tasting impression: malty. Very malty. Not your typical crisp blonde ale, but I like it just the same. The Munich definately contributes to the creamy mouthfeel and malty profile. Bitterness is present but not overpowering. Much better that the extract version. We’ll see how this one plays out - still early in the game... (September 8, 2006).

Clarified a bit by the fourth week in the keg - still some chill haze, however. Overall impression:

  • Nice, creamy head with some great lacing.
  • Full bodied and still a bit sweet in the finish, but still crisp.
  • Color is much akin to honey.

Notes for next time: up the NB hops for bittering a touch and see about adding some polycar or isenglass finings (October 11, 2006).

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Malts and Grains

Amount Malt/Grain %
7.50 pounds American Pale Malt (2-Row) 78.9%
2.00 pounds German Light Munich Malt 21.1%
9.50 pounds Total Grain Weight 100%


Amount Adjunct
0.50 pounds Honey


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


Amount Hop Time AA
0.75 ounces Northern Brewer 60 min 8.2%
0.13 ounces Northern Brewer 15 min 8.2%
0.13 ounces Northern Brewer 3 min 8.2%
1.00 ounces Total Hop Weight


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

Mash Infusion

Step Description Temp. Time
Dough In Mix grain with 5 quarts of water 152° F 5 min.
Mash Single infusion, stirring every 20 minutes 152° F 60 min.
Sparge 1 Inital batch sparge with 1.5 gallons of water 168° F 15 min.
Sparge 2 Final batch sparge with 2.5 gallons of water 168° F 15 min.


  • Single infusion mash
  • Sparge with 4 gallons of 168 degree water
  • Bring to boil
  • 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 57 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
Strike Water Amount: 3.2    
Strike Water Temperature:      
Mash Temperature(s):      
Mash Time:      
Sparge Water Amount: 4.3    
Sparge Water Temperature:      
Pre-Boil Gravity:      
Pre-Boil Amount: 5.5    
Post-Boil Amount: 5.0    
Boil Time: 60    
OG: 1.058 / 14.3° P    
Mash PH:      
Boil PH:      

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