Chamomile Blonde

Chamomile Blonde (5.8%)
To make great chamomile tea, tea specialists pour hot water slowly and uniformly through metal cones (sound like sparging to anyone?). Dried chamomile flowers sit inside these metal cones to provide the delicate chamomile flavour to the tea. This recipe uses the same principle to provide the beautiful flavours from the flowers, to the beer, without any of the astringency which is associated with over-steeping.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
60-minute mash at 67°C
  1. 2.3L (2¼ qt) water, with an extra 1 gal (3.8 L) for sparging
  2. 680g (1.5 lb) Belgian Pilsner malt
  3. 135g (0.3 lb) Victory malt
  4. 90g (0.2 lb) Caramel 10 malt
  5. *All grains should be milled - see this page for information on milling
60-Minute Boil
  1. 8.5g (0.3 oz) Saaz hops, split into thirds
  1. Belgian ale yeast, such as Safale S-33
  2. 65g honey, for bottling
  3. 25g dried chamomile flowers
  1. In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the 2.3L (2¼ quarts) of water over high heat to 70°C. Combine with all the malts and stir gently. The temperature should decrease to 66°C in around 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat. Steep the grains for 60 minutes between 62°C and 67°C. Every 10 minutes or so, stir and take a temperature reading. If the temperature of the grain becomes too cold, return it to heat and stir until the temperature returns to the specified range and then take it back off the heat. With 10 minutes remaining, in a separate medium-sized stockpot heat 1 gallon (3.8 litres) of water to 77°C. Once the grains have been steeped for 60 minutes, turn the heat to high and stir until the temperature hits 77°C. At this point, take it off the heat.
  1. Position a fine-mesh strainer across a stockpot and pour the grains into the strainer, maintain the liquid. Pour the gallon (3.8 litres) of 77°C water over the grains. Recirculate the collected liquid through the grains once.
  1. Place the pot with the liquid in on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the liquid starts to foam, lower the heat to a slow rolling boil and add the one third of the Saaz hops. After 45 minutes add another third, and then the final third after 55 minutes. Prepare an ice bath by stopping the sink and filling it halfway with water and ice. After 60 minutes, take the pot off the heat and place in the ice bath, cooling it to 21°C, this should take about 30 minutes.
  1. Position a strainer over a funnel. Add the chamomile flowers to the strainer, and then pour the liquid through the flowers and into the fermenter (remember, it MUST be sanitized). Supplement with water in order to fill the to the 1-gallon mark. Add the yeast using your hands (remember to sanitize those too!) cover the mouth of the jug with one hand, and shake to distribute evenly. Insert the sanitized stopper and tubing to the fermenter and place the other end of the tubing into a bowl of sanitizing solution. As the yeast activates, this solution will bubble as gas is forced through the tube. After 2 to 3 days, once the bubbling has reduced, replace the tubing system with an airlock. Once a further 11 days has passed, bottle your beer using the honey - see this page for bottling instructions.
Suggested Food Pairings
  1. Spent Grain Popovers, scones with clotted cream, frittata
For 5 Gallons:
60-Minute Mash at 67°C
  1. 11L (2.8 gallons) water, with an extra 5 gallons (19 L) for sparging
  2. 3.4kg (7.5 pounds) Belgian Pilsner malt
  3. 680g (1.5 pounds) Victory malt
  4. 450g (1 pound) Caramel 10 malt
60-Minute Boil
  1. 45g (1.5 ounces) Saaz hops, split into thirds
  1. Belgian ale yeast, such as Safale S-33
  2. 340g honey, for bottling
  3. 125g dried chamomile flowers

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