Gin Soaked Blonde

Friday, May 10, 2013

There isn't much better than a light bodied blonde on a hot summer day, glistening in the sun with condensation dripping down... Ok, you get the point - a blonde is a great beer to pass around, share and enjoy - woah there... I'm talking about beer! Chill.

Anyway, this was a recipe I found a while back, modified to get rid of some hops I am not a fan of and then spontaneously added juniper berries to. The combo of a light, crisp beer and the floral and slightly bitter aroma of juniper makes for a perfect summer drink. If a gin and tonic had a baby with a maibock, this would be it. Enjoy this with some hot blonde friends.. I mean drink this blonde ale when it's hot, with friends.



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Style & Targets
IPA
5% abv @ 5.5 gallons

Ingredients
9 lbs US 2-row
12 oz dextrine malt
8 oz crystal 10 L
8 oz vienna malt
.5 oz centennial hops (60 minutes)
.25 oz centennial hops (30 minutes)
.25 oz centennial hops (15 minutes)
.5 oz dried & crushed juniper berries (15 minutes)
1 tsp Irish Moss (15 minutes - how to use properly)
Nottingham Yeast
*Recipe calculated with BeerSmith 2.0 - The Best Brewing Software Around*

Procedure
Mashed 16 qt at 148 F for 60 minutes
Sparged with 2.8 gal at 176 F
Sparged again with 2.8 gal at 176 F
Brought to boil, followed hop schedule, chilled, siphoned off to bucket and pitched yeast.
OG: 1.048 @ 5.5 gallons


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