Homebrewing a Centennial Blonde



While browsing various homebrew pages on the Internet for my next recipe to brew, I found that a number of people kept pointing to the “Centennial Blonde” as their go-to or favourite recipe. So I found the recipe and decided to try it out myself!

Recipe Source: Homebrew Talk

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:Centennial Blonde
Beer Style:Blonde Ale
Recipe Type:All Grain
Batch Size:5.5 gallons / 20.8 litres
Estimated SRM:3.9°
Estimated IBU:21.5
Estimated OG:1.042
Estimated FG:1.011
Estimated ABV:4.2%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

LBSFermentables
72 Row
0.75Cara-Pils/Dextrine
0.5Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L
0.5Vienna Malt

Hops

OzTimeHops
0.2555 minCentennial
0.2535 minCentennial
0.2520 minCascade
0.255 minCascade

Yeast

#Yeast
1Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast

Fermentation Schedule

21 daysPrimary
7-14 daysBottle Conditioning
Optimal Fermentation Temperature: 57-70°F / 13.8-21.1°C
Place fermenter in stable temperature, out of the light.

Directions

Mash Temperature:150°F / 65.6°C
Mash Time:60 min
Strike Water Volume:3.5 gallons / 15.9 litres
Sparge Water Volume:3 gallons / 11.4 litres
Boil Duration:60 min

As you can see from the recipe above this is actually a pretty straight forward recipe. It is also very affordable given its smaller grain bill and use of 1 oz of hops total.

Brew day went without any hitches and even though I scaled down my ingredients from what’s listed above I still managed to pull a starting gravity (SG) of 1.040 for a brewhouse efficiency of 92%! After the boil my original gravity (OG) reading was 1.041 which seems a little low compared to my SG but whatever.

Fast forward to bottling day and my final gravity (FG) measurement came out to 1.006 for an estimated ABV of 4.59%. Unfortunately I’m not able to cold crash at the minute and the yeast hadn’t quite settled to the bottom of the fermenter so that was a bit of a small challenge but RDWHAHB right? I primed with enough sugar for 2.4 volumes of CO2 and let the bottles carbonate for two weeks.

Two weeks later…

Nice clear brew!

This is my first time trying a Centennial Blonde so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I have to say I’m quite pleased with the result. It’s a very light, smooth beer that has very low bitterness up front taste with a very subtle but almost fruity after taste. An easily “crushable” beer that I think most beer drinkers would be happy with. It may not be the best beer ever made but it’s also so inoffensive that you can’t help but be happy with it.

P.S. – we called this brew “Team Effort”



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