Bride Blonde – Belgian style blond ale

One of my first beers I made was our wedding beer, called Bride Blond. A typical Belgian style blond ale. The beer was a big success at our wedding so I decided it was time again to brew the same beer.

I have tried to brew a couple of Tripel and blond style beers in the mean time. However, after I got some comments back from the Danish beer judges (I sent in a beer for the DM i håndbryg competition), it was clear that I needed to change the malt types for the beers. The taste was too much caramel-like, as I used too much biscuit malt in the malt bill.

So that is why I went back to my Bride Blonde beer recipe. The malt bill for this beer is quite simple, only some pilsner malt with some malted oat and a little bit of munich malt as well. On top of this, I also added some light kandis sugar to get the correct alcohol percentage. For the hops, I used a mild bitter hop, Mittelfrüh, which has a nice delicate hop taste.

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On top of the simple malt bill and sugar, I also added some typical spices used in a lot of Belgian style beers: dried orange peel and koriander seeds.

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As usual, I used the Braumeister, my favorite brew system :-).

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I wanted to try 2 yeast types, that is why I brewed around 37-38 liter, so I could split the brew. The two yeast types I used were WLP 510 Bastogne Ale yeast and WLP 570 Belgian Golden Ale yeast. I wanted to see the difference between the two as the WLP 570 is more spicy and fruity while the WLP 510 is more clean in taste with a light acid after taste.

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After filling the wort in two fermentation buckets, I fermented the two different beers at 22 degrees Celsius. The fermentation took two weeks and then the beers matured for another week before bottling.

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The beers were bottled with some added glucose and went into the fermentation cabinet for another 2-3 weeks until it is completely ready. Now it is waiting to be tasted….

 

 

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