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Beer Style: Blonde Ale (6B)
Recipe Type: all-grain
Yield: 5 US gallons

Blonde Ale


An unusual tastethe honey, corn and millet flavors are prominent and give this beer a lovely character, especially when served ice cold. This brew ages very well. I think it is probably at its best starting at around 6 months. It has a lagerlike character, but an unusual flavor. The last batch I made had head retention that was just unbelievable--a fine, creamy, featherweight froth that just sat atop the very pale beer.


  • 6 pounds, 6-row cracked pale malt
  • 1 pound, white or brown rice
  • 1 pound, yellow corn grits or flaked maize
  • 6 ounces, flaked barley
  • 4 ounces, oatmeal
  • 4 ounces, millet
  • 1-1/2 pounds, clover or orange blossom honey
  • Hops to 12-15 HBU, e.g., 1 oz. Hallertau + 1 oz. Centennial,

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Cook rice, grits, oatmeal and millet together in plenty of water for 3 hours to gelatinize. The result should be a mushy, gummy mess.

Mash malt, barley and gelatinized grains in moderately hard water at 150F for 1-1/2 hours. Raise to 168F to deactivate enzymes. Sparge with hot water (168F) to collect 250+ degrees of extract (e.g., 6 gallons at S.G. 1.042).

Boil 1-1/2 hours, adding all but 1/2 ounce of hops after 1 hour, honey towards end of boil. Chill wort and add cold water to bring S.G. to 1.050. Pitch with working starter. Dry-hop with reserved hops in hopping bag. Primary fermentation takes 5-7 days. Wyeast 1007 will require 3-4 weeks in secondary fermenter to settle out. Bottle, then age 2 months. Drink and enjoy!