Saturday, May 3, 2008

National Homebrew Day - My Honey Blonde Ale

Saturday May 3rd was the National Homebrew Day’s Big Brew. I wanted to participate in the big brew with a bunch of people, but my schedule didn’t allow it. I did squeeze in a brew though. I ran to my local homebrew shop and picked up some ingredients for a Honey Blonde Ale. I formulated the recipe in my head as I was driving to the store.

Every beer I have brewed so far has been dark or hoppy. My wife finds these styles repulsive. This beer is an attempt to brew a crowd pleaser for the people who don’t like a beer with complex flavors.

I am writing this post as the wort is boiling and the recipe goes a little something like this.


  • 2 cans - (6.6lbs) of Coopers Light Liquid Malt Extract (one at 45 min and one at 15min)
  • 1 lb - of Orange Blossom Honey (at flame out)
  • 8oz – Crystal 10L (steeped)
  • 4oz – Victory (steeped)
  • 1oz 4.0% Liberty (70min)
Did anyone else brew? If so, leave a comment on what you brewed.


Erik said...

I'm reading this a bit too late, but I brewed on National Homebrew Day '09. May 4th was on a Monday, so I had to wait until after work to brew. I called it the 5 O'clock Pale. Recipe as follows:

5.5 gal

10 lbs 2-row pale
.25 lbs c-40
.25 lbs c-60
1 lb munich

Mash at 150F for 75 minutes


2 oz. columbus 8%aa 60 min
1 oz. cascade 5%aa 30 min
1 oz. " " " " 15 min
1 oz. " " " 10 min
3 oz. " " " 0 min (flame out)

Dry American ale yeast (US-05)

Very good beer. Your basic American Pale Ale; nothing innovative here. Cheers!