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Recipe: Earthbound Cardamom Pepper Tea Blonde

Courtesy of Stuart Keating, founder of Earthbound Brewing in St. Louis, Missouri, here is a homebrew recipe for a crisp, sessionable blonde ale in which cardamom, black pepper, and black tea mimic the floral, spicy notes of British hops.

Stuart Keating Apr 21, 2020 - 4 min read

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Pilot kit in action at Earthbound Brewing. Photo: Joe Stange.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.045
FG: 1.010
ABV: 4.4%
IBUs: 13, except not really. Adjuncts alter the bitterness. Also, I dislike using IBUs as a measurement anyway, since everyone’s palate is different, alpha-acid content varies wildly over time, and handling and storage can all alter perceived bitterness.

7.5 lb (3.4 kg) two-row pale
10 oz (283 g) rye malt
5 oz (142 g) Caramel/Crystal 10
5 oz (142 g) biscuit malt

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