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Bell's Expedition Stout
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:50:32 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has a recipe that they've brewed for Bell's Expedition Stout.

I found this one elsewhere.  It's supposedly from an old Zymurgy.

If anyone has brewed it, or something similar, throw me some feedback please.

Bell's Expedition Stout Clone
Target OG 1.110
Target IBU 100

23 lb. pale 2-row
1.0 lb. flaked barley
1.5 lb. roasted barley
1.0 lb. black patent
1.0 lb crystal 80
0.5 lb. chocolate malt
3.3 lb. amber malt extract

2.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - 45 minutes
1.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - 30 minutes
0.5 oz. Centennial hops 10% AA - end of boil

Single step infusion mash @ 150-152 deg. F.
Collect as much wort as practical - reduce volume to approximately 5.5 gallons by extended boiling. Add extract to the wort at the beginning of the boil.
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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 05:58:10 PM »
Looks very familiar to what I brewed based on the Zymurgy article.  It was very good, lt was like Expedition.

Temp control is what would make it better for me today.  Also consider culturing the Bell's yest from some bottles of Amber or Pale Ale, to get the yeast profile going for you.
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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 10:04:37 AM »
Thanks.  I think I will try to culture their yeast.

I have a pound of centennial hops en route, so this is on the front burner, so to speak.

I was thinking of just pitching it on to a cake of US-05 or Windsor, but those beers will be kegged before I get around to brewing again.
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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 10:22:19 AM »
I might take a gravity reading before adding the extract as I am not sure you really need it. I did a 5 gallon batch of 1.105 BW with first runnings only with 31lb of grain total. so if you collect second runnings and boil a long time with the 28 lbs you've got there you might hit your gravity anyway.

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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 10:25:56 AM »
I'll be adjusting this to a partial mash recipe regardless.  I'll probably do 10 lbs of grain maximum.

I may move to all grain someday, but for now I've got my process dialed in and soooo many other things to worry about.
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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 12:27:00 PM »
I'll be adjusting this to a partial mash recipe regardless.  I'll probably do 10 lbs of grain maximum.

I may move to all grain someday, but for now I've got my process dialed in and soooo many other things to worry about.

makes sense!

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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 05:47:48 AM »
I think Wyeast 1272 is a decent match for Bell's yeast, if you don't want to bother culturing. I've used it in an RIS that has a very similar grain bill and been quite happy with the results.
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Re: Bell's Expedition Stout
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 07:45:22 PM »
The extract is in there to reflect the recipe that was being brewed at the time.  At the old brewery downtown, it was said that they could not mash enough grain to get the gravity, hence the extract to get there.  There are some local brewpubs that boost the gravity with extract in the boil for the big beers.

No idea how they make Expedition today - i.e. if they use extract at all.
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