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Belgian Blond recipe

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

Postby INDIAPALEALE » Sun Oct 30, 2016 08:20

I have tried and failed many times to brew a Leffe Blonde clone. I can never get that illusive hint of cloves.

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

Postby serum » Sun Oct 30, 2016 09:58

For leffe you want enough sweetness at the end and a decent bit of wheat as that carries through in the flavour. 500 is probably the right yeast.

I wouldn't mash too low or maybe think about a step mash as leffe has quite a bit of body compared to some others.

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

Postby serum » Sun Oct 30, 2016 15:34

I'm sure brew like a monk has a mash schedule in it, I'll have a look but all Belgians do it. Americans are dead against it and I've never known why. 70 may work as leffe is really sweet. The sugar will dry it out.

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Re: Leffe Blonde clone

Postby Monte Cristo » Sun Oct 30, 2016 18:48

Here is a recipe for Leffe i was looking at the other day http://www.candisyrup.com/uploads/6/0/3 ... _-_040.pdf
They reckon they have it pretty close. :hat:
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Re: Belgian Blond recipe

Postby Bad 'Ed » Sun Oct 30, 2016 23:13

I've changed the thread title to just find a Belgian Blonde as I've realised that's what I'm really after.

The Brewing Classic Styles book has a blonde that just has Pilsner, wheat and sugar. I think I'm going to keep it simple the first time, especially as I'm swapping the lager malt in. I might even spend the ££ on noble hops despite having far too many hops in the freezer already, just to keep the modifications down.

A lot of you boys seem to like the Belgian beers, anyone got a tried and tested recipe?

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Re: Belgian Blond recipe

Postby serum » Sun Oct 30, 2016 23:48

I think this would work well. It's based on some blonds and saisons I've done and should be decent:

3kg Dingemans Pilsner
2kg Dingemans Pale
350g Sugar

Challenger or Northern Brewer to bitter
Kent Goldings or Bobek at 30 mins left
Saaz or Hallertauer at 5 mins left

Use the same amount of hops for bittering and at 5 mins with about half as much for the middle addition and aim for about 25-30 IBU.

You could use WLP 500, 530 or 550. I really like 550 but it can finish fairly dry. 500 will be sweeter and 530 spicier.

You could also try changing the malt bill to 3.5kg pilsner and 1.5kg wheat if you like wheat. Depending on your system you might want some oat husks in there.

The brewing classic styles one will be decent too. I'd keep it simple. From what I've seen a lot of what the Belgians do is through technique and not fancy recipes, whereas books from the USA use much more complicated grain bills to get the body.

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