Brewed by Gareth Phillips for our Gladfield American Ale Homebrew Showcase, this recipe was judged in third place but also picked up first place in another local homebrew comp. It is a very easy-drinking pale beer with relatively low IBUs but plenty of hop characteristic.
7.50 kg Gladfield American Ale Malt – 71.4%
2.50 kg Pale Wheat Malt – 23.8%
0.50 kg Gladfield Munich Malt – 4.8%
60.0 min at 67 deg C
50.00 g Liberty [3.90 %] – First wort addition
20.00 g Crystal [4.10 %] – Boil 30.0 min
20.00 g Liberty [3.90 %] – Boil 30.0 min
15.00 g Crystal [4.10 %] – Boil 15.0 min
15.00 g Liberty [3.90 %] – Boil 15.0 min
10.00 g Crystal [4.10 %] – Boil 5.0 min
10.00 g Crystal [4.10 %] – Whirlpool
15.00 g Crystal [4.10 %] – Dry hop
15.00 g Liberty [3.90 %] – Dry hop
2 pack Safale US-05
Pre-boil Gravity: 1.048
Post-boil Gravity (OG): 1.053
Finishing Gravity (FG): 1.014
I wanted to brew a beer that allowed the characteristics of the Gladfield American Ale malt to shine through so opted for a low IBU, moderately hopped American Blonde Ale. The resulting beer was a beautifully clear light golden colour with a pleasant hop aroma which made for easy (a bit too easy) drinking. If I was to brew this recipe again I would probably look to increase the body (perhaps digging into Gladfield’s range of speciality malts) and be a bit braver with the late hop and dry hop additions.
All in all I’m pretty pleased with the results and picking up 1st and 3rd place in two different competitions with the same beer can’t be bad!