Coopers’ Marilyn’s Secret recipe
Tried a few Blonde/White IPAs in the States and Down Under, so when I found this one I just had to try it.
This recipe is a version of an American Blonde Ale (category 6.B. of the BJCP guidelines) with some extra hop character. Sure, an American Blonde could be made by simply using the brew can, wheat malt and light dry malt but we think the hop additions add an extra element of “sassy”. What’s more, we were looking to use a suitable base recipe, which would showcase a relatively new Australian hop, Vic Secret (with a little help from Motueka).
Coppers Marilyn’s Secret recipe/ingredients:
1.7kg Thomas Coopers Sparkling Ale
1.5kg Thomas Coopers Wheat Malt Extract
500g Light Dry Malt
25g Motueka Hop Pellets
25g Vic Secret Hop Pellets
One sachet of BRY-97
This was my second boil before mixing it up in the FV. I’m glad that I read that spray malt likes to boil over. It was close, even with a keen eye on the pot, not something you could do while doing other things.
The Motueka hobs smelled strong but nice, fruity, as I poured into the FV.
It started of at 22c dropped fast down to a stable 18c overnight. After two days in the FV there was some action, but no big Krausen that I have seen pictures the BY-97 do.
Late on day six I couldn’t wait any more so I took a sample. I couldn’t get a reading because it was still bobbling away vigorously. Nearly like the fizzy headache pills you can get. Though there was a nice fruity and hoppy smell.
Three days later I did my first dry hopping. Got a bit of muslin mesh wrapped up 20g of Vic Secret and dropped it into the FV.
Another five days later I bottled it up, 41 in all at FG 1007, so about 6.4% when ready to drink. Nearly a full % over what the recipe said. It was a wonderful golden hazy colour, like good apple juice/cider. It had a wonderful smell and tasted fruity and very dry.
Lets see in two-three weeks how this one is.