EZY Blonde

Most of my recent beers have been rich, strong and hoppy beers. So I brewed this one to have a lighter easy drinking beer in my lineup of beers. The base is a blend of pilsner and pale ale malt with a little wheat and carapils for body/mouthfeel, head retention and a little biscuit to add another malty dimension. A good dose of late addition Motueaka hops should add some nice hop flavours/aroma while bitterness level is kept to a pretty low 25 IBUs.

Style Information

Name: Blonde Ale
Recipe Type: Partial Mash

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pilsner 2.5 kg
Maris Otter 2.5 kg
Wheat Malt 0.5 kg
Biscuit 0.25 kg
Carapils (Dextrine) 0.25 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Pacific Gem 0.01 kg 13.7% 0.137 60
Motueaka 0.05 kg 7% 0.35 10
Motueaka 0.05 kg 7% 0.35 0


Name Amount Notes
Mangrove Jacks M10 Workhorse 10g Rehydrated

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 67 C


Amount: 33 L
Water Description: Nelson City Water Supply
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 27 liters


Estimated OG: 1.048
Estimated FG: 1.012
Estimated ABV: 4.71%
Actual OG: 1.052
Bitterness: 25 IBU


    • Jamie Baird on 5 May 2015 at 8:09 am
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    Hi, Bill Fennel put me on to your website. Lots of good stuff on it. Im fairly new to brewing although my mates have been doing it for a few years. Im using the BIAB system which is getting fair results.
    I have a couple of questions and would appreciate any advice.

    I have just put on a pilsner which is fermenting in the fridge at a steady 13deg. a lot of people talk about lagering the beer for 3 to 5 weeks but im finding it hard to find the best temp to lager at. Any suggestions?

    Im also looking at your easy blonde. looks like a good one.



    1. Hi Jaime,
      I’ve not actually done a lot of lagers so I’m no expert on lagers but I did one last Spring and I was very happy with how it turned out (November Pilsner). Lagering works best at lowest temperatures, I would set my temp controller to about 1 deg. Lagers can take a long time but if you want to turn them out faster check out Brulosophy’s fast lagering method.

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