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July 1, 2020

Kona Big Wave Clone - Blonde Ale Homebrew Recipe

kona big wave homebrew recipeWe were feeling lazy and didn't want to come up with a recipe on our own, so we asked the Clawhammer Instagram audience to do the work for us and that's exactly what they did. We ended up receiving this sweet Kona Brewing Big Wave Blonde Ale clone recipe and it's delicious! Work smarter, folks, not harder.

NOTE: Below is our modified version of the recipe notes below.

kona big wave homebrew recipe

Brewing Water

7.5 gallons (30 quarts or 28.4 liters) of tap water went into this baby. We didn't even filter it. Welcome to the lazy river!

Grains and Mash

9 Pounds (4.1 kg) of pale is best but we used a 50/50 mix of pale and pilsner because that's all we had. Problem solvers are what we are.

8 ounces (226.8g) of honey malt.

4 ounces (113.4g) of caramel malt.

We mashed for 60 minutes at 152 degrees F (66.7C).

Hops and Boil

.15 ounces (4.25g) of Galaxy at start of boil (60 minutes).

.25 ounces (7.1g) of Citra with 15 mins left.

.25 ounces (7.1g) of Citra with 5 minutes left.

.2 ounces (7.1g) of Citra at flame out.

Citra hop package

Our Citra hops had 13% alpha acids

We also added a whirlfloc tablet with 15 minutes left.

Brew System

Of course, we used our trusty Clawhammer Supply 10 Gallon BIAB brew system for this one. Like, duhhhh.

Yeast and Fermentation

We chilled to the high 60s F (~16C) and added one package of Safale US-05

pitching yeast

Pitching yeast

We then fermented at 68 degrees F (20C) for a couple of weeks

Tasting

This beer tastes a lot like....a Kona Brewing Big Wave Blonde Ale, believe it or not. It's really good. Light and refreshing and a nice lemon / lime citrus character. This beer scored really high marks by everyone who tasted it. Do yourself a favor and brew it!

best beer yet

Emmet called this the "Best beer yet."

  • Well, i messed up lol
    the beer turned out red!! it is not bad but its kinda sweet.. i’ll brew it again with 50/50 pale and pilsner (i only used pale malt)

    Posted by ANNA MAY THIEF on September 09, 2020
  • Nice video!! I tried with kveik yeast, cant wait to taste it!

    Posted by Sente on July 20, 2020
  • Long time viewer – never commented before, but just wanted to say, love your videos and your philosophy. You guys got me into brewing, and now on my 50th brew day I wanted to say thank you for the constant supply of great content, hilarious videos, and all-round positive attitudes. You guys embody the spirit of homebrew – if it isn’t fun, why are you doing it? – and I look forward to the next 50 brews!

    Posted by Spudddddd on July 14, 2020
  • Boil time? 60 minutes? What is the final volume?

    Posted by miropsep@gmail.com on July 14, 2020
  • I brewed this but my wort turned out really dark and my og was 1045.
    i hope i didnt messed up

    Posted by Anna may thief on July 14, 2020
  • what abu did this turn out at? What was the starting gravity? Mine came out before yeast addition at 1.048

    Posted by Mick COOPER on July 14, 2020
  • what’s the batch size? is there any sparging after the grain is pulled from the 7.5 litre of water?

    Posted by john on July 02, 2020

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