Sour Belgian Blond - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Sour Belgian Blond - All Grain Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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(Makes 5 Gallons) Brewed for the first time in 2010 in our parking lot at the annual July 15th Showroom Sale, we decided to experiment with another sour. This Belgian Style Blonde, destined for a Brettanomyces fermentation was born! On a whim, the boys decided to have fun with it and add 1lb of California Golden Raisins per 5 gallons with the second dose of Brettanomyces. The sugars in the raisins ferment out completely and seem to be an excellent source of food for our ‘lil wild buddy's. The end result: A classic lambic that is as mild or as wild as you make it!

This is a great base recipe for a Belgian Style Blonde Ale. Great body and mouthfeel balanced with a funky delicious sour edge. So have fun with this Lambic Recipe and make it your own!

Tip: Patience, patience, patience. If brewing All-Grain, try mashing higher for some added body. (We recommend 156F.) Brettanomyces loves oxygen just as much, or maybe more than Saccharomyces spread the love! Use restraint with these critters, don’t add the whole kitchen sink. Experiment with one to two cultures per batch, at intervals, and preferably with a small amount of a new food source. Patience. CA Golden Raisins are an excellent food source! (ahem, hint hint!) Don’t disturb the fermentation vessel while the pellicle is formed. The pellicle provides protection from excessive oxidation over the long aging time. Patience. Use excellent sanitary methods when working with our wild lil buddy’s to ensure a clean brewhouse. Try adding any local fruit as a food source for the bugs and wild yeasts. They love it! Patience!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.060-65
  • SRM (Color Range): 4-6
  • IBUs: 7-10
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

Please Note: Kit does not include raisins. We recommend California Golden Raisins.

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
ABV %6–7
Ready to Drink Within8+ Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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My wife loves this type of beer
roy w j on Jan 8, 2022
Easy way to get to free shipping.
Ethan G on Mar 3, 2021
My wife loves this type of beer
roy w j on Jan 8, 2022
I like sour ales
Brian K on May 28, 2021
Easy way to get to free shipping.
Ethan G on Mar 3, 2021
New beer type for husband
Cynthia K on Oct 7, 2020
My husband loves sours!
Nicole M V on Jun 8, 2020
best way to get free shipping
Jim F on Dec 27, 2019
2nd time brewing it. Liked first round
Greg P on Jul 20, 2019
Never made a sour. Something new to me!
James S on Jan 13, 2018
I like sour ales
Brian K on May 28, 2021
New beer type for husband
Cynthia K on Oct 7, 2020
What yeasts to you recommend, and when do you add the raisins? are there intervals for each?
harvey Maute on Jan 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We recommend using a yeast/bacteria blend such as WLP670 Farmhouse Blend, WY3763 Roselare, or WY3278 Lambic Blend. All of these will have a mix of standard yeast, wild yeast, and souring bacteria and offer a one-time pitch simplfied process. After that you can leave the beer in the same glass or steel fermenter for 6-12 months depending on temperature. The raisins can be added any time during that year. I recommend adding them about 3 months before you plan to bottle it. Too long of exposure can lead to strong tannins leaching from the raising skins.
Looking to make this as my first sour. If I wanted to swap blackberries for the raisins, would I do this at the same time interval or not? Also how much blackberries should I use? Can I bottle age this pr does it have to age in the fermentation vessel?
Joe Beitelspacher on Feb 1, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can swap blackberries, however i would do it later on long after primary fermentation. I would age in the fermentation vessel, because brett and other bugs, if you pitch them, will continue to ferment and can cause bottle bombs. Reference the milkthefunk wiki for way more info than I know.
If I am pitching WY3278, do your recommend pitching a clean sacch first and then WY3278 after primary? Why a pound of sugar? Add the raisins after primary for 6 months or near then end at 3 months based on Malcolm’s previous answer?
Cary A. Becker on Feb 22, 2021

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