Advice for a Blonde Beer

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  1. Oct 13, 2018 at 7:38 AM #1

    parpot

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    Hi all,

    I want to try and make a brew that I used to get in Scotland it is called "Lomond Gold" and is a blonde beer with honey & slight citrus notes it is about 5.2%. Can anyone suggest a beer kit as a base and what I can add to get close to this kind of taste?
     
  2. Oct 14, 2018 at 12:56 AM #2

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    For any experiment I generally use the Wilco Cerveza Kit.

    https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-r...yle-brewing-kit-15kg-makes-40-pints/p/0318388

    It's cheap (£12) and so bland that it will carry almost any flavour that you wish to experiment with.

    In an attempt to get what you describe, I would:
    • Replace the sugar requirement of the Cerveza Kit with a 50/50 mix of sugar and honey.
    • Dry hop with about 50g of Citra Hops for the last five days of fermentation.
    • Make a Hop Tea with 20g of Citra Hops and add it to the brew prior to bottling.
    • Use honey at the rate of 4g per litre for bottle carbonation. (Honey is +/-82% sugar.)
    I would leave the brew for a bit longer in the FV than my normal 14 days, just to make sure that all the sugars in the honey have been fermented.

    There are other "citrus" flavoured hops (e.g. Chinook for a grapefruit taste) but I prefer Citra.

    Enjoy.
     
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    Many thanks Dutto, I will give that a go and let you know!
     
  4. Oct 15, 2018 at 5:54 PM #4

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    Dutto,

    Would you use the yeast from the Cerveza kit or a different one?

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  5. Oct 16, 2018 at 12:55 AM #5

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    I use the yeast from the kit, but make a Yeast Starter out of it just to make sure that it's in good condition.

    I've never needed it with the Wilco Cerveza kit, but I always have a sachet of Wilco Ale Yeast available in the garage and if any brew (*) hasn't kicked off within 24 hours I just sprinkle it on top of the wort.

    Here's how to make a Yeast Starter ...



    You don't need the stir-plate but they make life a lot easier. I started off using an old Kilner jar placed on the kitchen work-top and gave it a swirl every time I passed it.

    Also, if you think the man in the video is being OTT with his sanitising , he isn't and it's just good practice!

    Enjoy!

    (*)

    I did a "gluten free" kit for a mate once and it was a nightmare. It took ages to kick off and I was worried that adding a standard Wilco Ale Yeast would introduce the dreaded gluten.

    In the end, I lost patience, shoved more yeast into the brew and told my mate that it may be "iffy". He's still alive so the answer must was "My mate's coeliac disease level can cope with dried yeast in a gluten free beer."
     
  6. Oct 16, 2018 at 7:29 AM #6

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    Great thanks for the advice
     
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