Canadian Blonde Standard Refill

Canadian Blonde Standard Refill is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 38.
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Lightly colored, a clean, fresh palate, well balanced with subtle hop notes and a crisp finish. This is a classic easy drinking Canadian style beer.

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Canadian Blonde Standard Refill
Canadian Blonde Standard Refill

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Summary

    What You Get

    1 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    2 Packets of Booster

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser


    For Fans Of

    Moosehead

    Molson Canadian

    Labatt Blue


    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.040

    Final Gravity: 1.012

    ABV: 5%

    SRM: (Color): 2

    IBU: (Bitterness): 13


    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    STEP 2: BREWING

    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of brewing extract, then remove the label from the can. Place the unopened can in hot tap water

    2. Using the clean measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 4-quart or larger pot. Add your booster packs slowly while stirring the cool water until dissolved. Bring water to a boil, and then remove pot from heat.

    3. Open the can of brewing extract from the bottom of the can and pour it into the pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture is the wort.

    4. Fill the keg with cold water to line mark 1 on the back. The water must be cold (ideally from the refrigerator) with a temperature of 40-55°F/4-12°C. For the best results, we recommend using bottled spring water or filtered tap water. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into the keg and then bring the volume of the keg up to line mark 2 by adding more cold water. Mix vigorously with the plastic spoon/ whisk. Be careful to not scratch the inside of the keg, which could create small spaces for bacteria to grow. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Sprinkle the entire yeast packet into the keg and then screw on the lid.Do not stir.

    7. Allow your fermenter to sit for 10-14 days.

    Store the fermenter in a cool, dark place between 68-78°F/20-26°C for the yeast to work properly. The ideal temperature range is 70-72°F / 21-22°C. After a few days the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. However, the yeast is still at work, slowly finishing the fermentation process.


    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 10 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 4 more days (14 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by runfastryan from An honest beer for an honest man. This is the brew I used when I was first starting to make beer at home. Living in the Canadian Arctic I wanted something that would remind me of our tropical southern provinces, something that would remind me of the warm Toronto summers. Canadian Blonde reminds me of myself (A blonde Canadian). When I am pouring my first pint after weeks of waiting, suddenly everything becomes easier. No longer must I embellish the truth. I can speak from the heart. Somehow these frothy notes bring me to a simpler place. This well balanced, light body, refreshing beer always keeps me honest …dreaming of a warmer and simpler time.
    Date published: 2017-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bohemian Brewer from Oh My Goodness! Normally with every beer I brew I add DME. On this one I decided to try the booster that came with it along with an oz of Saaz hops. I dissolved the booster in the water and added the hops to a hop bag and boiled the mixture for ten minutes. Then I stirred in the HME. I let the hop bag sit in the keg during fermentation. The result after three weeks in the keg and five weeks of conditioning is absolutely amazing. The beer is a light golden color that is very clear. It has a nice body with a crisp flavor. I can't get enough of this beer; it is that good. Much better than any Canadian Blonde I've purchased that was commercially brewed. Unfortunately, the beer didn't last that long and I have to brew another batch.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Kevin Caffrey from Very Solid Light Beer The Canadian Blonde standard review is a very solid choice for a basic light beer. It's light gold in color, slightly sweet/malty, with a one inch head and a dry finish. Nothing about this reinvents the wheel, but I'd prefer it to a Bud or Miller Lite. My advice would be to follow the three weeks fermenting and four weeks conditioning method and let it chill for 3 days before drinking. At the 4 week mark, it is good; even better at the 5-6 week mark, but not a huge difference. KEY POINT -- as with all Mr. Beer recipes/kits -- make sure you do not ferment at too high a temperature. Another option to liven this recipe up is to add .5 ml of a fruit extract (pineapple, apricot, etc.) at bottling; I did this and came away with very tasty Apricot Blonde and Pineapple Blonde beers.
    Date published: 2016-12-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by MrBenda 1 from Simple Drink This is an easy to make beer as well as easy to drink. This is not a complex kit so if you just want to learn or get a few gallons with as little work as possible this is a good one. Goes well with dinner or just a go to for company or BBQ's. Gave it to my girlfriend and all her friends and they drank me out of house and home, went through more than a gallon in less than 2 hours!
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by EZRadio from Really Good Example Of A Canadian Beer The lawn is mowed, the pool is filling with water taking it out of the winter slumber and the outside temperature is 80F . What a great day for a beer...... I am finishing the last few bottles of Canadian Blonde and it turned out really good. I compare this to Kokanee Canadian beer. The Mr. Beer version has a little more body but just as good with great flavor with nice color. My brew turned out really good and as expected. No special brewing techniques, just a 68F closet in the LBK and three weeks of fermentation, two weeks of carbonation and 3 weeks of conditioning. I used the refill with booster. If anything I would use some LME to enhance it a little bit. But for a standard refill, it was really good. This is a new standard for me to have on hand.
    Date published: 2017-05-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Johnny Beer from Ok I am disappointed with the results of this beer and perhaps I did something wrong brewing it. Mine is not a yellow color, more like orange and cloudy. To me, it has a odd fruity taste. I let it ferment for 3 weeks and did the taste test. It did not taste sweet and tasted like flat beer, so I bottled it and let it sit another 3 weeks. After 6 weeks of waiting for this beer only to be disappointed, I won't be buying this flavor again.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by joeyb from taste great This was my 2nd try at making a Mr beer,beer I couldn't wait until it got done condition to see how it came out...well to my surprise that beer tasted great and i kinda didn't share that beer with nobody I was still letting my friends try my first batch
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by milesthedeputy from Decent brew I used this refill as one of my first brews. It turned out decent and kept me wanting to brew more. I'm certain that m=now having more than a dozen brews under my belt the next time I make this it will be a five star result.
    Date published: 2016-05-06
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