Recipes

100% Brettanomyces Belgian Specialty Ale

This recipe by Kevin Consentino is a gold medal winner from the 2008 National Homebrew Competition, in Category 16 Belgian and French Ales.

When working with brettanomyces it is highly recommended to have a separate set of equipment to prevent contamination of future batches. A thorough cleaning of glass should get rid of brettanomyces remnants.

100% Brettanomyces Belgian Specialty Ale | Belgian Specialty Ale

Ingredients

  • For 6 gallons (22.7 L)
    • 11.5 lb (5.22 kg) | Weyermann pilsner malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) | Weyermann Vienna malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) | Weyermann acidulated malt
    • 0.5 lb (227 g) | Weyermann malted wheat
    • 2.0 oz (57 g) | Hersbrucker pellet hops (60 min.)
    • 0.25 oz (7 g) | Styrian Goldings pellet hops (2 min.)
    • Wyeast B. bruxellensis (3 qt starter)
    • Wyeast B. lambicus (1 qt starter)
    • 1 tsp diammonium phosphate for yeast nutrient (4.9 mL)
    • 0.75 cup corn sugar per 5 gallons to prime
    • 1 tablet Whirlfloc

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.055
    • Final Gravity: 1.003
    • ABV: 6.8%
    • IBU: n/a
    • SRM: n/a
    • Boil Time: 90 minutes
    • Efficiency: n/a
    • Pre-boil Volume: n/a
    • Pre-boil Gravity: n/a

    Directions

    Mash at 148° F (64° C) for 60-90 minutes (until conversion is complete).

    Mash out at 168° F (76°C) for 15 minutes.

    After boil, chill to 65 F, and hit it with about 30 seconds of oxygen.

    Hold beer temperature at 65° F for the rest of fermentation.

    Primary Fermentation: 45 days at 65° F (18° C) in glass.

    Judges' Notes:

    • "Bready malt with barnyard Brett character. Finishes bone dry with some lingering bitterness. A really nice Brett beer. Nice barnyard with hints of pineapple."
    • "Nice balance, classic Brett character, grainy malt backbone, spicy hops complement. All that is good about Brett, with no negatives to mar it."
    • "Musty, tangy, very interesting. Orval-like hoppiness. I love the aroma."

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