The Bee's Knees Blonde Ale

The Bee's Knees Blonde Ale is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19.
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Pale golden, misty and malty, with subtle notes of wheat, honey and hop spice, the nectar from the honey will influence the finished flavor of this honey blonde ale. Medium-bodied with a dry finish, and capped with a rich veil of white...

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    What You Get

    1 Canadian Blonde Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Packet of Safbrew S-33 Dry Ale Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1 Cup Honey

    1 Teaspoon Coriander, freshly crushed

    For Fans Of

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.050

    Final Gravity: 1.010

    ABV: 5.4%

    SRM: (Color): 3

    IBU: (Bitterness): 13


    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.


    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,(you will not need for this recipe) then
    place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, mix in the 1 cup of honey and
    add the 1 teaspoon of coriander and bring the mixture to a boil then remove from heat. 

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir
    until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be
    approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water.
    (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the S-33 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 68° F (15°-20° C), and out of direct
    sunlight. Ferment for 14 days


    After 14 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 3 more days (17 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 a 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 solutions 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 sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    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 desrtdog from Nice Refreshing Beer This is my 3rd batch of brew - first time with Bee's Knees...Came out a little weaker than advertised (only about 4.5% ABV) but could have been a bad OG measurement, or just diluted it a bit much in the fermenter. In any case, still a really pleasant brew (cracked the first one open this week). Used orange blossom honey and ground coriander seeds - recipe was not clear on what was meant by "freshly crushed" whether it was the leaves or seeds, but found the seeds gave it a nice aromaticity. Also not sure how much difference the honey type makes, but will definitely brew this one again maybe trying some other type of honey. Will definitely
    Date published: 2020-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptainShiffler from My First Homebrew EVER So my crack at The Bee's Knees was my very first ever attempt at home brewing. To be completely honest here, I blew my own expectations out of the water. The recipe directions were simple, easy to follow, and specific. Granted, it took some time to read up on all of the proper procedures concerning making the wort, sanitizing, brewing, and bottling. I followed the directions as closely as possible (probably overdid it a lot; I have a reputation for being a perfectionist with projects similar to these) and my end result was a brew that tastes awesome. Great carbonation and head retention, excellent flavor profile, everything that you could want out of a honey wheat beer. I would like to note that the only recipe related thing that I was slightly confused on was, in the ingredients list, this brew calls for "ground coriander" and I wasn't sure if that meant coriander leaves or coriander seeds. I did some online research and learned that most brewers use the seeds, so that's what I went with and it turned out great. All in all I am super pleased with my end result and will definitely be brewing more of my own beer in the future!
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Mark from Great beer! While I am pretty new to home brewing, this has been my favorite so far. Full, rich flavor. Not too heavy and not too light. I'd highly recommend it!
    Date published: 2015-09-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by terrymcdnl from First time brewing I'm a first time Brewer and couldn't make it any easier
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Just Troy from Bees Knees is a Hive above the Rest! This will be about the fourth batch of bees knees dlx that I have made this year. Most every one who prefers a lighter tasting beer really enjoys this mix. It has a very god flavor and is smooth to the pallet. I condition for one and a half to two months to let every thing settle into its proper place. The cossiander and honey sets it off just right for me.
    Date published: 2017-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Stretch50 from New Hobby Begins! First time brewer and I’m really impressed with Mr. Beers thorough and helpful website to guide me along. I also called the customer service with a few questions and they were great with helping me out. I purchased 2 LBK so I’m in the process of fermenting 2 and bottle conditioning 2. I fermented the Bee’s knees for 3 weeks, bottled for 2 weeks and refrigerated 1 bottle for 2 days before sampling. It tasted really good, especially since I prefer a lighter less bitter beer. I’m going to let the other bottles sit out at room temperature for another week and probably refrigerate after that. I also bought a hydrometer, which is really nice to check out the ABV! I’m not really sure when fermentation is complete and don’t trust myself yet by tasting alone. I don’t like testing everyday after 14 days in my hydrometer since it seems like I’m wasting too much beer so I ordered a refractometer, which only requires a few drops for testing instead of several ounces. So far I’m finding it to be a very enjoyable hobby with lots to learn!
    Date published: 2021-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jessica from Great Flavor This is my most favorite brew that I have done so far. I did add a little extra honey than what the recipe called for. It's light but has a really good flavor. This is a great summer beer and I hope to get in another batch before summer ends.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Loof from Nice and Smooth This is a nice beer. The honey gives it a smooth finish. I normally make the Chantily Lace. I still like the chantily lace better, but this is a close second. My batch was called Honey Bee(r)... get it?
    Date published: 2018-06-18
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    Do the coriander seeds have to be crushed prior to adding them, or do you add them whole?

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