Cashmere Blonde Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit
Cashmere is one of the newer hops in the brewer's arsenal, so naturally we had to make a recipe kit making it the star of the show. With promising smooth bittering potential and complex fruit and herbal qualities, it is the perfect candidate for a single-hop brew, and Cashmere Blonde Ale is built to show off this new hop's talents. Effortless to brew, it pours with a smooth, golden radiance. Upon sipping, a soft, supple malt body comes to the front, with delicate fruit-forward flavors washing over the palate. Cashmere hops offer a bouquet of lemon and lime citrus, melon and faint lemongrass notes, which are perfectly supported by this recipe's simple malt underpinnings.
- Style: American Blonde Ale
- Fermentation Range: 65-70F
- Original Gravity: 1.050
- SRM: 5
- IBUs: 22
- ABV: 4.9%
- Aroma: Bready malt nose with medium-low aromas of lemon candies, lime, ripe melon and stone fruits.
- Appearance: Deep golden straw straw color topped with a bright white firm foam head.
- Flavor: Well balanced between malt and hops with medium-low bitterness. Fresh crusty bread malt notes and moderate citrus, melon and soft herbal hop flavors.
- Mouthfeel: Medium-low body with moderate mouthfeel and slight creaminess.
It’s always fun to get my hands on new hop varieties and embark on test batches to understand just what the specific hop variety can do. In the case of Cashmere, I found that it stands up very well on its own, especially in a recipe that does not have an overly complex malt bill. A small initial addition of Cashmere adds a bit of bitterness, but does so very cleanly thanks to its low co-humulone levels. To amp up the flavor and aroma, a more substantial hop addition is made late in the boil, and then the beer is modestly dry hopped, again with Cashmere, to provide its unique aroma profile subtly as to not be overwhelming for a relatively delicately flavored beer style. By keeping the grain bill simple, it allows the Cashmere to be the sensory focus of the beer. A little bit of Caramel 10 is added to add a touch of caramel-esque sweetness and it also serves to add some dextrins to the beer to aid in mouthfeel and foam formation and retention. In these days of IPA dominated beer choices, it is quite refreshing to dial things back a bit and enjoy an easy drinking, not too in-your-face classic American Blonde Ale.
|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||Hybrid Beers|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
Just moved it from fermenter to keg- first impression is it's going to be pretty nice. I haven't used Cashmere hops yet, so this is my first experience. It's a little hoppier than a 'normal' blonde ale, I think, but that doesn't take away from what is turning out to be a fine beer.
I followed the directions exactly, no additions or tweaking. The result was a crisp, clean, refreshing beer that really leaves you wanting another. No bitter after taste at all. I bottled this only 3 weeks ago and it is already a quality beer.
This is a great showcase for the Cashmere hops. The resultant ale is a slightly hazy gold-colored beer that produces a medium-bodied with head when dispensed from the tap at 10 psi CO2. The flavor is uniquely smooth and mellow with faint flavors of tropical and citrus fruits. The Cashmere Blonde is proving to be an easy-drinking hot weather beer without the bitterness that i had expected with this more heavily single-hopped recipe. Kudos to the creator of this fine recipe. I will definitely keep this ale in my brewing repertoire.
Great tasting summer beer. Not bitter at all. Nice clean finish.
Picked this one for a family gathering. Even the people who usually drink the mass produced colored water were going for a refill. Almost drained the keg! I'll be making more.