Saturday, February 9, 2013

#27 - Sylvan Blonde Ale [All Grain]

My parents recently moved into a new home which is quite close to a lot of trees. Given that there are several neighbours with the same first and last names as my parents, they needed to give the house a name to  help the postman identify who is who. After a lot of brain storming and thesaurus overuse, they finally settled on the name "Sylvan Lodge". Given that they like light flavoured beers and would probably be expecting a lot of visitors for the coming months I thought it would be a good idea to brew them a blonde ale. This recipe is based on the original recipe from homebrewtalk forums. 
First hop addition
The hops I used for this brew were both fresh from the 2012 harvest but even at that they would still be nearly 6 months old. Due to poor vaccuming (on my part) I decided to use the hop age too in BeerSmith to take into account the fact that they are 6 months old and haven't been stored that well. That is why when you see the recipe the AA values wont be what you would expect, they are slightly lower than normal. I wont know whether this has had a positive effect or not until I try the brew.
Normally I would dry hop but given that the target audience for this beer is quite conservative, I wont be doing it for this batch. Depending on its popularity I may do it in future versions which would be brewed for the summer.

The recipe can be found below:

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 26.38 l
Post Boil Volume: 22.88 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 18.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.046 SG
Estimated Color: 11.8 EBC
Estimated IBU: 28.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 50.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 57.9 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                          Type          #        %/IBU         
34 l       Ballymore Eustace (South Dublin)         Water         1        -             
2tsp       Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins Water Agent   2        -             
5000g      Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC)         Grain         3        88.9 %        
250g       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L (30.0 EBC)    Grain         4        4.4 %         
250g       Vienna Malt (6.9 EBC)                    Grain         5        4.4 %         
125g       Acid Malt (5.9 EBC)                      Grain         6        2.2 %         
15g        Centennial [7.48 %] - Boil 55.0 min      Hop           7        12.7 IBUs     
15g        Centennial [7.48 %] - Boil 35.0 min      Hop           8        10.8 IBUs     
15g        Cascade [3.70 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop           9        3.9 IBUs      
1tsp       Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)              Fining        10       -             
15g        Cascade [3.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min          Hop           11       1.3 IBUs      
1pkg       Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         12       -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Single Batch Sparge [Shanes AG]
Total Grain Weight: 5625.00 g
Name              Description                  Step Temperature       Step Time       
Mash Step         Add 16.56 l of water at 165. 154.0 F                60 min          

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 17.95l) of 168.1 F water

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