I'm trying my first sample of the Golden Ale that I brewed on Sunday and I am very excited for this one to be done. I really like the way my recipe and mash process looks like on paper and this sample, even though it is still not 100% attenuated, tastes amazing. I am so glad that I talked myself into the late hop addition. I added 1oz. of Ahtanum hops right at knock out and they came through very nicely. All I wanted was some nice sort of citrus (but not a ton of grapefruit)to go along with my coriander and grains of paradise that I added at 2min left in the boil. I'll post my recipe below.
Sexy Time Blonde Ale Grain Bill: 11.75 lbs Belgian Pilsner (Castle) .31 lbs Melanoidin 1.00 lbs Sugar -- (half lb of turbinado and a half lb or cane) .30 lbs Vanilla Sugar (I keep about a pint sized jar full of cane sugar and a few used vanilla bean pods to make vanilla flavored sugar)
Hops 1 oz Sterling @ 60 min (21.7 IBUs) .5 oz E. Kent Golding @ 60 min (9.8 IBUs) 1 oz Ahtanum @ 0 min (0 IBUs)
I also added .5 tsp of Grains of Paradise @ 2 min and 1 tsp. Coriander @ 2 min.
Note:When I added my sugar I added the 1 lb of Turbinado/Cane sugar at 15 left and I added the .30 lbs of vanilla sugar with like 2 min left so I wouldn't boil off any of the subtle vanilla notes.
I am 33 years old I have been brewing for about 12 years now. I love all styles of beer but I have a serious obsession with Belgian Ales and sour beer. For all of you gmail users, I am always online and love chatting beer. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or ideas concerning brewing or my blog.