Sunday, October 28, 2012

Batch #6 - Dirty Blonde Ale

Batch #6. Another batch ordered from AHS.  We were trying some new procedures to ensure that the taint from before was gone.  We got a new auto-siphon, and cleaned the bottles differently (cleaned with B-Brite, then rinsed with water, and then baked in oven at 350°F for 1 hour while capped in aluminum foil - see picture below)

Style: Extract Brew
Sub-Style: Blonde Ale (6 B)
Malts: 2-Row Malt
            Carared Malt
            Carapils Malt
            Flaked Rye
Malt Extract: Extra Pale Extract
Hops: Bittering - Northern Brewer
           Flavoring - Northern Brewer
           Aroma - Northern Brewer
Other Additives: BrewVint Yeast Fuel
Yeast: Wyeast - Greenbelt Activator
Clarifying Ingredients: Irish Moss - 1 teaspoon
Number of Bottles: 48 (12 oz. bottles)
Original Gravity: 1.052 (82°F)
Final Gravity: 1.011 (72°F)
Percent Alcohol: 5.52% by Volume
Comments:  Erik & I liked this one a lot, and Andy didn't. The reason was the same for all of us, the clove flavor that the hops bring.  After tasting this side by side with a Grimbergen Blond Ale (one of my favorite Blonde Ales), we noticed that ours was not as sweet as the Grimbergen (we tasted a lot of honey in the Grimbergen).
                    Testing Date: 1/3/13
                    Aroma: 3 out of 12
                    Appearance: 3 out of 3
                    Flavor: 16 out of 20
                    Mouthfeel: 4 out of 5
                    Overall Impression: 7 out of 10
                    Total: 33 out of 50

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