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Belgian Ale Recipe?
« on: July 19, 2015, 06:10:46 AM »
So I came across a 1762 packet, but have never attempted any type of Belgian.  Anyone have a recipe I might be able to take a swing at?  This time of year ought work great for fermentation temperature, so I figured why not.  Thanks.
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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2015, 07:02:02 AM »
I did a dark strong once with dark cherries in secondary that was awesome for winter nights. Wife loved it.

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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2015, 01:12:51 PM »
So I came across a 1762 packet, but have never attempted any type of Belgian.  Anyone have a recipe I might be able to take a swing at?  This time of year ought work great for fermentation temperature, so I figured why not.  Thanks.

Here's a good place to start:   http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipes/

Several books have recipes: _Brewing Classic Styles_, _Modern Homebrew Recipes_, _Brewing Better Beer_; lots of others.

Here's a recipe for a dubbel that I did a few months ago that turned out well:
       11.5# Belgian Pilsner malt
       0.5# Carared
       0.5# Special B
       0.5# aromatic malt
       1.0# D-180 candi syrup
       1.5 oz Styrian Golden 3.2% 60 minutes
       1.5 oz Styrian Golden 3.2% 20 minutes
Mash at 152* 60 minutes
90 minute boil
I used WLP540 and got good results. Popular brew with my friends.
       
I would start with the AHA site, in addition to what others here might add.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2015, 01:28:23 PM by riceral »
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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2015, 01:19:41 PM »
That's one of my favorite strains for Dubbel and Quad.  Here's a Dubbel recipe I used with 1762. It's pretty simple and tasty.

1.068OG
23 IBU Hallertau (60 min)

75% Belgian Pils
5% Special B
5% Aromatic
15% D180 syrup

Mash 149F/ 90 mins

Hold @ 64F for 48 hours, then slow ramp up to upper 70s until FG. There you go !
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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2015, 02:44:24 AM »
Thanks everyone!  My LHBS carries most of that although I may have to run to Portland for the Belgian Pils.  Thanks for the fermentation schedule Jon, it's always good to head down a path already travelled when making your first pass. 
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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2015, 02:55:22 AM »
If you can't find Belgian malts, use German. I personally prefer Castle Pils, but I can't get it locally. I sub with Weyermann which is fine.

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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2015, 03:42:37 PM »
Speaking from limited experience (1 Belgian extract/steeping grains brew and 1 all grain in primary now) i'd keep it simple.

Use Pils and Pale malts for a base with maybe some Munich/Caramunich for good measure (small amounts). Add Dark syrup to taste depending on style.

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Re: Belgian Ale Recipe?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2015, 03:55:17 PM »
If you can't find Belgian malts, use German. I personally prefer Castle Pils, but I can't get it locally. I sub with Weyermann which is fine.

+1 on anything from Weyermann.