Codename : Rise-Up Blonde Alethorpe

In my ongoing attempts at learning, and improving my brewhouse efficiency, I kept this recipe simple. I am sticking with a simple blonde ale, while using up some of the stocks I had on hand from previous batches. The name is inspired by the recently released song by Pink Floyd, “Rise up”.

Recipe inspiration


  • 1 Lb 2-Row Malted Barley
  • 10 oz Pilsner Malt
  • 2 oz Munich Dark Malt (8L)
  • 0.1 oz Cascade hops at 60 minutes
  • 0.1 oz Challenger hops at 20 minutes
  • ¼ Whirlfloc tablet at 15 minutes (optional)
  • 0.1 oz Challenger hops at 0 minutes

Anticipated IBU : 22
Anticipated ABV : 4.2%
Target OG : 1.043
Target FG : 1.011
(Sort of calculated) Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 67%

  • Prepare 9.5L strike water, 154F.
  • Add the grains to the bag.
  • Calibrate sonic screwdriver.
  • Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 90 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 149 F. Looking for a minimum SG 1.021
  • Lift the bag out, allow it to drip into the pot. Capturing every bit of potential sugar is good.
  • Bring wort up to 212F to boil for 10 minutes, then bring down to 205-210 F.
  • Set the timer for 2 hours. Add hops and Whirlfloc at the prescribed time above. Looking for a minimum SG 1.043
  • Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
  • Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively
  • Prepare yeast mixture.
  • Add wort to the jug. Pitch yeast
  • Store in a cool place for primary fermentation for 14-21 days.

Bottling Day

  • Sanitise everything required for bottling.
  • Transfer from carboy to bottling pot.
  • Prepare 19g corn sugar with enough hot water to dissolve it. Add to pot.
  • Bottle.
  • Preferably conduct bottle conditioning for at least 2-4 weeks.

Brew Notes

  • Pre-boil SG 1.021 was hit. I should not be so surprised, but yay!
  • Forgetfulness, as opposed to a mistake, I neglected to turn down the rigorous boil, so I ended up with about 3L of wort, and an SG of 1.050. This might change things.

Tasting notes

This was an easy drinking ale. No complexity to it.

Brew day : 9-Apr-2022
Bottling day : 23-Apr-2022