Some weeks ago I could feel the butterflies in my tummy, yes, spring is coming! And that means it’s time to brew some light summer beers. As I still want to perfect my Belgian Blond recipe, I decided to give that one a try again. Last time I brewed a Belgian Blond was together with the people from Brewparts (read more here Brewing at Brewparts). That beer was served on the 40 years birthday party of my husband last November and was very well appreciated by the people.
So I used a similar recipe, existing of pilsner malt, flakes oats instead of oat malt and some Cara blonde to elevate the caramel taste and color. I also added some cane sugar during the boil.
As hops I used Mittelfruh as that one gives a very clean bitterness. This time I also used some spices: bitter orange peel and coriander seeds.
My Braumeister is still doing an excellent job and I really love brewing with it.
It takes me around 5 hours to brew with it, perfect for a Saturday :-).
I mashed in at 50 degrees Celsius and used a two step mashing: 45 min at 65 degrees C and 25 min at 73 degrees C.
After mashing, I boiled the wort for 60 min with the hops.
After boiling, I whirlpooled the wort and then it cooled down to around 75 degrees C so I could put it on a fermentation bucket.
I left the wort in my fermentation closet to cool down overnight. The next day, I aerated the wort for about 30 min before adding the yeast. I used M47 Belgian Abbey yeast from Mangrove Jacks.
After 7 days of fermentation, I cooled the green beer down to 4-5 degrees Celsius before bottling it. After 3 days of cooling, mist of the yeast dropped to the bottom and I could bottle my beer.
I bottled half of the beer on bottles to referment and half of the beer I put on a keg.
The beer has been nicely fermenting further in the bottles and I tried the beer some days ago. The flavor is really like a Belgian Blond should be: spicy phenolic, fruity (banana) and with a clean soft bitterness. As I used quite some oats, the beer is quite hazy, but it gives a good body to the beer. I’m quite satisfied already with the outcome but will need to age the beer a bit more to see how it evolves.
I have sent this beer in for the DM i håndbryg (Danish National Home-brewing competition). Very exciting to hear their verdict!