Since my first two beers were so dark, I decided to go in a new direction with this one, settling on Revvy's Leffe Blonde clone recipe. Unfortunatey, Austin Homebrew was out of the hops called for in the original recipe, so I ended up substituting them as best I could. Also, the original recipe is a complete all-grain deal; I used BeerSmith to help me convert it to partial mash. The recipe follows:
Recipe Type: Partial Mash...
Yeast: WLP530 White Labs Abbey Ale
Yeast Starter: Yes
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.25 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.075
Final Gravity: 1.017
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: 6.5 SRM
4 lbs Pilsner (2 row) Belgian
1 lb Munich Malt
5.3 oz Biscuit Malt
3.5 oz Melanoiden Malt
1 oz Glacier (5.6% alpha) at 60 minutes, 15.4 IBU
.5 oz Williamette (4.0% alpha) at 60 minutes, 5.5 IBU
.5 oz Williamette (4.0% alpha) at 30 minutes, 4.2 IBU
2 lbs 8 oz extra light dry extract at 60 minutes
2 lbs 8 oz extra light dry extract at 15 minutes
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just finished a leffe clone myself. happen to be drinking one at the moment. I've been doing all grain for a couple of years now and wanted to take a break, so i converted the above to extract with steeping grains. It actually came out a little darker than the original but is still quite tasty. I also brewed it at about 80 f in true belgian style. I called it Leffe Dirty Blonde. How did yours turn out?
posted by mat on 3/29/2012 at 09:04:02 PM
Great blog,I will brew the same tonight,BIAB with a bit less grain.will let you know how it went.
I hope I'm not gonna finish at 4am.
posted by Chris on 3/30/2012 at 02:14:21 AM
I'm familiar with brewing in the early hours of the morning - when you have kids it's usually the best time to do it.
Here's a tip for next time you do a partial mash: don't add your extract to the main boil pot, instead use a seperate pot to dissolve and short boil sanitise it. You'll avoid foaming problems, avoid caramilization, get better hops utillisation, save time and cool faster. Your wort from the PM should be at around the right BG whthout any additional extract. I've written up my PM process here: http://beerandgarden.com/2011/11/my-partial-mash-brewing-process/
posted by Aidan on 4/11/2012 at 03:11:38 AM
By the way, the second pot for the extract doesn't need to be that big, a standard large kitchen pot should do. It's my approach to the 'late extract' method which overcomes the known shortfalls of partial boil (and the shortfalls of my stove!).
posted by Aidan on 4/12/2012 at 03:58:39 PM
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