So, I am considering brewing a Belgian Dark Strong this weekend. Thinking of doing something a little different for simplicity sake. Planing on doing a parti-gyle with 90% Pils, 10% 5-10% Munich. Using only the first runnings for the BDS. Using candi sugar for the color and to dial in my desired gravity; either a pound each of D2 and dark for a little complexity, or just 2 pounds of D2. Not sure I need or want any crystal-type malts for the first runnings? Mash 147-148F, 90+ minute boil. R/O water with CaCl2. I have big, fresh, healty pitch of Westmalle from a local brewery that is calling my name!
I have Denny's 400th batch slightly in mind for a base beer...
Anyone having any tips, suggestions, or pitfalls? I have not done a parti-gyle before. Plan on using Kai's calculator.
Also, I can't decide what beer to make with the second runnings...Belgian? Hybrid? Some bastardized American-style ale? Anyone have suggestions?