Used Pilsner malt for high diastatic power and because it is the traditional malt for the style. Special B was used to contribute color as well as raisin, caramel, and dark fruit notes described in BJCP guidelines. Additionally, the use of Belgian candi syrup will add more extract to the wort as well as wild cherry and dark fruit flavors and contribute to final color. Added dextrose to help dry out the beer a little more. Used warrior for good bittering hop, didn't use any aroma hops as hop notes are not typical of style.
Lactic acid added in the mash to lower pH to optimal range. Gypsum and calcium chloride added to balance out water profile, and Wyeast 1762 used for subtle dry fruit esters at 1.25m cells/mL. Mashed at 1.25 qt/lb which left 6.25gal for sparging, considered thicker mash but with the larger mash tun didn't feel it necessary. Fermentation should be at 65f for 3 days then allowed to rise to 72f to boost ester production.
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