Brewing the Classic American Blonde Ale
An interesting thing happened on my last batch. I didn’t feel like my Doppel Bock was fermenting, so I stole a packet of yeast from the Blonde Ale kit. The catch, that meant that now I’m short on yeast for my Blonde. This gave me a fun chance to try out reusing the yeast from the Doppel Bock.
The day I bottled the Doppel Bock also needed to be the day I started the Classic American Blonde Ale. I went ahead and bottled the Doppel Bock, just like normal, but I made sure to leave the trub and old yeast in the bottom of the Mr. Beer Keg.
Next up, I boiled water and dissolved my sugars – standard stuff for a Mr. Beer batch. I filled the Mr. Beer keg with some room temp water, added my hot dissolved sugars, then topped off with cooler water to bring down the temp. I didn’t make a good note, but I think I lightly stirred the contents of the keg. Not fully stirring up the sediment from the last batch, but enough to mix things up a little. At this point I screwed on the lid and crossed my fingers…
Used Yeast Fermentation
Eureka! I wouldn’t have bet on it, but the next day I could smell that fermentation was taking place. Looks like this might just work!
Bottling the Blonde Ale
Starting gravity was 1.025. When it was all said and done, my final gravity was .096 – which calculates to about 5.8% alcohol. Nice!
I’ve got most of my plastic Mr. Beer bottles being used for other batches, so I had a strange mix of the Blonde. I used 2 Growlers, 3 Liter Bottles, and 3 Grolsch style bottles.
I primed using amounts specified in the instructions, but I may have made a mistake… about a week after bottling I ended up with my first Bottle Bomb! I’ll write and post pix of that soon!
Final Tasting and Thoughts
The best part of this batch was that I got to re-use yeast from another beer. I have a feeling that this contributes a little more character to what might otherwise be a pretty boring Blonde Ale. Using the yeast from a much darker beer, I think that my Blonde ended up with a little darker color, and a little bit of additional flavor. Honestly, it’s pretty good. As with any Mr. Beer, it’s nothing too mind blowing, but there’s also very little to complain about. A fun experiment that actually worked out in the end.