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belgian dark strong ale

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vista:
i'm looking to make a belgian dark strong ale. i saw a couple of recipes on the brew wiki link that's here and thought both had too complex of a grain bill for me at least...not knocking them, i just dont' have access to all the ingredients. so here's what i'm looking to do at least grain bill wise...

Pilsner Malt (2 Row) Belgium   12 lbs         
Munich Malt                   4 lbs         
D2 candi syrup               2 lbs         
Biscuit Malt                   0.5 lbs      
Caraaroma                                   0.5 lbs         
Caramunich Malt                   0.5 lbs      

am i way off track? will this just end up like a massive dubbel? would that be a bad thing?

narvin:
I would simplify it a little bit more, as I personally like these beers to be full of flavor from the yeast and candi sugar but otherwise dry.  You could drop the biscuit and maybe cut the munich down and still get a beer with plenty of malt flavor.

Robert:
I agree with the more simplification. But I'd also get some Special B in there. I really like that malt in a dark style. Maybe sub in for the Caramunich.

mikeypedersen:

--- Quote from: Robert on July 15, 2010, 10:43:34 AM ---I agree with the more simplification. But I'd also get some Special B in there. I really like that malt in a dark style. Maybe sub in for the Caramunich.

--- End quote ---
+1 on the Special B.  For that style I would definitely get it in your grain bill.  Be careful though, a little bit goes a long way!

vista:
from my experience, caraaroma lies somewhere between c120 and special B...i'd say it's got more special B in it than 120 as well...but, just looking at some of the recipes posted on the brew wiki it lead me to believe these were supposed to have somewhat complex grain bills. i prefer simplifying it, so i may end up taking up both of these recommendations.

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