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Offline chadchaney97

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Belgian Red Ale?
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:50:56 AM »
I was thinking of maybe making a sessionable/low OG Belgian style red ale but have little experience in making reds.  I have a vial of WL Trappist that I want to use, anyone want to throw out some links, ideas, suggestions, etc.  I have a decent amount CaraRed and was wondering if that would have a place somewhere/

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Re: Belgian Red Ale?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 09:03:36 AM »
I made a Belgian IPA a few months ago and I used some Weyermann Abbey Malt 16L.  It gave the beer a nice amber/red color and I really liked the taste.  You could also use some Carared.
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Re: Belgian Red Ale?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2013, 09:28:33 AM »
I made something similar a few years back using Castle Pils, Caramunich, Caravienne, Biscuit, and White Wheat, finished with Hallertau, and for yeast, WY1214.  For a summer party I believe.  Around OG 1.060 IIRC.  Came out really good.
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Re: Belgian Red Ale?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 07:41:01 PM »
This is what i came up with so far, plan on pitching WL Trappist

Belgian Session Red
Belgian Specialty Ale
Type: All Grain Date: 6/12/2013
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal Brewer: Opposition Brewing Co. 
Boil Size: 8.28 gal Asst Brewer: 
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My All Grain Setup
End of Boil Volume 7.28 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.80 gal Est Mash Efficiency 75.8 %
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0
Taste Notes: 
Ingredients
 

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 56.2 %
3 lbs 4.5 oz Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 28.4 %
1 lbs 1.2 oz Carared (20.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.3 %
6.4 oz Caramel Malt - 120L (Briess) (120.0 SRM) Grain 4 3.5 %
4.8 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.6 %
0.40 oz Nugget [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 15.8 IBUs
 
Beer Profile
 
Est Original Gravity: 1.044 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.4 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 %
Bitterness: 15.8 IBUs Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz

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Re: Belgian Red Ale?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 03:30:43 PM »
Depending on how "Belgian" you want it to taste vs. how much you want it to taste like a red ale, I'd use Special B and/or dark Candi Syrup to get your red color from instead of the roast barley. I brewed a small dubbel with lots of late hops over the winter that was one of my best brews ever.
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Belgian Red Ale?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 03:18:31 AM »
I make a Belgian red ale with cara red that turns out really nice. It's a little over "session able" at 1.060 bit it's a deep red and very quaffable. I use a lot of cara red and some sugar to dry the beer out. LMK if you are interested in the recipe.
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