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American Blonde Ale

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Okay my first brew American Blonde Ale has been fermenting for a week. I drew a small amount to taste and it taste flat and no sugery taste. What should it look like? It looks like a weak orange orange juice.

Any help would be awesome!!!

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All brews benefit from 2 weeks (3 is better) in the fermenting keg. But, if it taste like flat beer, not sweet, it is ready. I say give it 14 days, then bottle. Leave it in the bottle for 4 weeks for best carb and taste. I would also suggest on getting/using a hydrometer. Takes the guess work out of it.

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ok I am in no rush of rushing the process so I will wait longer. Smells like beer. Is there any harm in leaving the beer in the keg too long? Also it is cloudy. This goes away I am assuming the longer it sits in the bottle?

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Rule of thumb, 21 days max. If your really worried about the cloudiness, do as yd says and cold crash for 3 days, it helps to settle out some of the proteins. Either way, it does not affect the taste. It's only for looks, and I don't care what it looks like as I drink it, only about the taste and how quick it knocks me on my arse.

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That's why I said cold crash it. Give it about 21 days (that way you know its done), at day 21, drop that puppy in the fridge. leave it there for about 3 days. Pull it out, and bottle strait away.

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Sounds like a plan. I have the Cowboy Lager fermenting in my bedroom closet. That has been in the keg about three days. So soon there will be plenty of beer to go around!

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one would think...but then, I've 5 MB kegs, 2 5gal conical fermenters, 2 5 gallon fermenters...and more options...but..wait...did I type that out?

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Since I bought my second gold kit three days after I brewed my fist beer I have a second Blonde Ale and Cowboy Lager. Looking at getting the ingrediants to make the Blonde Bombshell! Not sure what I am going to make with the Cowboy Lager.

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Good luck with it. You'll be surpised how quick it will get drunk, or drank, whichever.... LOL

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My american blode ale has been in the fermenter almost two weeks. Besides tasting flat it taste week like not enought flavor. Any suggestions

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marblejones wrote:

Since I bought my second gold kit three days after I brewed my fist beer I have a second Blonde Ale and Cowboy Lager. Looking at getting the ingrediants to make the Blonde Bombshell! Not sure what I am going to make with the Cowboy Lager.

I had the same - made Blonde Bombshell (conditioning now) and Cascadia Pale Ale (fermenting) with the Cowboy. You can look at the recipes and pick up the extra ingredients.

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if you want more flavor, that means more body. that means a grain steep and that is easy as pie. but it will give greater flavor and body :)

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marblejones wrote:

My american blode ale has been in the fermenter almost two weeks. Besides tasting flat it taste week like not enought flavor. Any suggestions

Is this a standard refill? The standard refills are a little bland if you do them as-is.

I like to start with a standard refill, but add malt and do a hop boil.

What kind of flavor are you looking for? Are you looking for more bitterness? If so, you want to add a hop boil. Are you looking for more body and/or malt flavor and/or sweetness? If so, add more malt. If you're looking for more malt flavor and/or body, but not more sweetness, add more malt and boil some hops.

Steeping a specialty grain can add more body and flavor and really isn't all that difficult. Doing a partial mash is only marginally more difficult than steeping.

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I too am doing the American Blond (my second). I did the double malt version this time.. I am at week #2 and the sample I pulled off was a tad sweet and still cloudy. I am struggling with the temperature as the weather here in the northeast has not been that great. I plan on going one more week and hopefully it will clear out.

My first batch was the Standard Oktoberfest. After 2 weeks it was very clear. It has been in the bottles for 2 weeks now and I think after 3 weeks it'll go in the refrigerator..

I am hoping for some success here soon. Hopefully I have a future in home brewing :laugh:

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:borg: Welcome to the BeerBorg Information Center. You will be assimilated. Resistance IS quite Futile: We have Beer.

You might want to let it sit in the bottle 4 weeks before you put the beer in the fridge.

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