The Beginner Brewer: BIAB Recipe: Blonde Ale

Sunday, 7 July 2013

BIAB Recipe: Blonde Ale

Recently, we did another kick-ass demo of the BIAB method at Beer Keg homebrew shop and location of two new microbreweries (more on that in later posts). If you're new to BIAB, or just need a refresher on the how-tos, click here.

Today, I'd like to share a killer BIAB recipe for a refreshing, highly quaffable blonde ale. Try it out and tell me how you find it!

Lawnmower Man Blonde Ale

For a 19 liter batch, you will need:

Malt & Specialty Grains

(Milled Grains)

3.4 kg Pale Ale Malt
280g Carared or similar Crystal Malt 


12g Centennial @ 40 minutes
20g Cascade @ 10 minutes
30g Cascade in the whirlpool


1 tsp Irish Moss @ 10 minutes


11.5 g packet of US-05 Dry Yeast (re-hydrated) or similar American yeast.

Mash Schedule

Get 26 liters of water to a temperature of 71C. Add the grains to the bag and mash at 66-67C for 75 minutes.
At the end of 75 minutes, mash out at 75-76C for 10 minutes and lift the bag. Do not squeeze the bag.

Your pre-boil gravity should be close to: 1.037.  Boil for 60 minutes.

Fermentation & Bottling

Ferment at 16-18C for 2 weeks, then cold condition at 5C for another week. 
Bottle with 127g of dextrose or keg for 2.5 vols.

Technical Notes

Pre-boil Gravity: 1.037
OG (Original Gravity): 1.042
FG (Final Gravity): 1.009
ABV (Alcohol): 4.4%
IBUs (Bitterness Units): 22


1 comment:

  1. Marcel, really enjoyed your BIAG demo at Beerkeg on Sat. Can you share the recipe for the blonde ale in Beersmith format? Want to scale it down for a smaller size. Also, when buying ingredients for this brew, what's the best way to go about it? i.e. if you only need a small amount of Carared or centenial hops?


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