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Belgian Dark Strong Ale

284.53 calories 25.69 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 6 gallons (ending kettle volume)
Pre Boil Size: 7.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 14.4 °P (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 78% (ending kettle)
Source: Jon and Megan
Calories: (Per 12oz)
Carbs: (Per 12oz)
Created Wednesday January 23rd 2019
20.7 °P
4.2 °P
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
1 lb Candi Syrup - Belgian Candi Syrup - D2 (160L)1 lb Belgian Candi Syrup - D2 (160L) - (late addition) 32 160 5.8%
14.50 lb Belgian - Pilsner14.5 lb Pilsner 37 1.6 84.1%
0.75 lb Belgian - Special B0.75 lb Special B 34 115 4.3%
1 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose1 lb Corn Sugar - Dextrose - (late addition) 46 0.5 5.8%
17.25 lb / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.55 oz Warrior0.55 oz Warrior Hops Pellet 16.7 Boil 60 min 26.97 100%
0.55 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
19 qt mash Steeping 150 °F 30 min
mash out Temperature 168 °F 10 min
25 qt fly sparge Sparge 168 °F 30 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.25 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
2.10 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 0 min.
1.50 tsp Lactic acid Water Agt Mash 0 min.
1.60 g Calcium Chloride Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
0.50 each Campden tablet Other Mash 0 min.
Wyeast - Belgian Abby Ale II 1762
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
65 - 75 °F
Fermentation Temp:
65 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.25 (M cells / ml / ° P) 587 B cells required
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Target Water Profile
Balanced Profile
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
58.2 9 27 53.5 46.1 0.7
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

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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ASZanella 01/28/2019 at 09:06pm
Solid recipe overall. The adjunct level is definitely in the upper end of the range, but it works for the recipe. I appreciate the simplicity of the grain bill overall and I would certainly drink this beer. The only real criticism I have is the water usage.

15.25# of grain mashed at 1.25 qt/lb is ~4.75 gallons.
Of that volume, 1.9 gallons is lost to absorption (0.125 gallons per pound of grain).
Must collect 7.5 gallons for kettle full.
Add 1 gallon to maintain lauter.
Total water needed=7.5+1.9+1, or 10.4 gallons.

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