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RB 1 (Belgian Single)

200 calories 18.4 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Belgian Blond Ale
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 5.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.045 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 67% (brew house)
Calories: 200 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 18.4 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday November 11th 2019
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
11 lb American - Pilsner11 lb Pilsner 37 1.8 92.6%
0.25 lb Belgian - Aromatic0.25 lb Aromatic 33 38 2.1%
10 oz Cane Sugar10 oz Cane Sugar 46 0 5.3%
11.87 lbs / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1.50 oz YCH - german hallertau1.5 oz YCH - german hallertau Hops Pellet 4 Boil 60 min 23.85 100%
1.50 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
Infusion 150 °F 60 min
3.3 gal Strike 152 °F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.12 qt/lb
Wyeast - Trappist High Gravity 3787
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
64 - 78 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 99 B cells required
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CO2 Level: 2.45 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator
Quick Water Requirements
Water Gallons  Quarts
Total mash water needed 8.92 35.7  
Strike water volume at mash thickness of 1.12 qt/lb 3.15 12.6  
Grain absorption losses -1.41 -5.6  
Remaining sparge water volume 5.77 23.1  
Mash Lauter Tun losses -0.25 -1  
Amount going into kettle 7.26 29  
Volume increase from sugar/extract (early additions) 0.05 0.2  
Adjusted starting boil size 7.31 29.2  
Boil off losses -2.25 -9  
Hops absorption losses -0.06 -0.2  
Amount going into fermentor 5 20  
Total: 8.92 35.7

kind of a bust. turned out kind of dark and really sweet. bottled and canned from keg, undercarbonated and headless. should maybe revisit other previous single recipes and punt on this one. next time need to bottle condition or otherwise get more fine tuned on the keg carbonation before trying that again.

6/3/2020 brew day
Removed 0.5 dextrine carapils bc dont have it on hand. Still rolling with it at 6.2%. downgrade eff to 65....update : OG 1061 so actual eff 67%

Removing 2nd hallertau and ekg additions for simplicity. Ref

Planning to reuse yeast for other heavier Belgian styles so I'm starting with wy 3787

2020 belgian blonde

trying this again, after failed COTU (not a great effort). Copying recipe from that although it was only 2row. I think i might be able to get closer.

changing :

  • 2row back to pilsner
  • reducing pilsner a little to land around 6.5%
  • reducing efficiency from 72 to 69
  • changing T-58 back to WY1214 (originally used with trustmonkey)
  • this time be sure to boil 90 minutes (trustmonkey was only 60)

    COTU belgian blonde
    update jan 2019
    Update they probably meant the wort was 1055 preboil. After brew day the OG was 1065 so in taking a little of the cane sugar out of the recipe (haven't added it yet)

    copied from 2016 trustmonkey recipe. that batch turned out bad but im blaming the yeast / fermentation on it. will be getting mystery wort from center of the universe for a contest. the brewery says it will be 100% 2 row at 14 plato which is 1057 so this recipe lines up with that being that i could add the cane sugar. (i really dont want to have to add any DME). of course, this is a malty beer so i would be at the mercy of whatever malt bill they use for most of the flavor. might be fun to do it this way instead of covering it up with hops etc.

    also im changing out the WY1214 for Safale T-58 to coincide with another ongoing experiment....should be fine...

    copied from 2015's blinde recipe. came out with 5 gallons exactly but was under on gravity - 1.044 (without the sugar), wanted to hit 1.051. By chance I have some Pilsen LME so I will add enough to add 7 pts. Wort has been chilling for one day while yeast starter....starts. Adding the LME and pitching tonight (night after brew night)
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