I designed the Elven Blonde to be another good beer for beginning brewers and something really easy to enjoy and share. Blondes are refreshing and light but still very flavorful. I like them over American Ales because they are typically less hoppy, and I am not much of a hophead.
OG: 1.045, IBUs: 22.7, SRM: 3.6, ABV: 4.3
.5 lbs. CaraPils/Dextrine
.5 lbs. Crystal 10 Malt
.5 lbs. Vienna Malt
.5 lbs. American 2-row
5 lbs Extra Light DME
1 tsp Irish Moss
1 oz Tettnang hops [6.1%] (60 minutes bittering)
.5 oz Tettnang hops [6.1%] (5 minutes aroma)
Yeast: Wyeast London Ale III
The Blonde is a great beer to represent the elves; not just because one of the most famous elves was blonde, but because it is elegant, balanced, and precise. The malts were chosen to keep the color as pale as I could, while giving the beer a subtle sweetness. The yeast was chosen partly because of the fruity esters it will add to the beer and partly for its origin. Elves have a history on the British Isles after all. The hops just seemed like the right choice to balance the beer out. It should have a pleasant, mild, and slightly spicy aroma.