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Old 02-01-2013, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Help make this Doppelbock special

I know that the recipe is in BJCP guidelines, but what can I do to make this special. Basically, what flavor is a "must have" for you in a Doppel and how would you get it? For example, your Doppel might absolutely need raison/fig notes so Special B to the tune of 1.5 lbs.

1.073 OG -- 1.018 FG -- 24 SRMS/24 IBUS
% LB OZ
62% 9 8 Weyermann Munich Type I

30% 4 8 Weyermann Munich Type II

5% ~ 12 weyermann CaraWheat

3% ~ 8 Briess Chocolate 350 L

First Wort - 90 minute 2 oz. Hallertau
Flavor -- 20 minute 1.5 oz Hallertau

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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Special B is fantastic stuff. I use it @ 10% often. Your recipe looks great as is, but with the Special B it will probably be phenomenal! Enjoy!

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for the confirmation. I used the Special B as an example because of a bottle of Maximator that I recently enjoyed. I've seen very few "extreme" doppelbocks that keep a relatively low OG, so I am hoping to see some more thoughts.

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Not *exactly* a flavor, but melanoiden. Either use melanoiden malt or aromatic if you cannot get the former. For a 5 gallon doppelbock maybe .5-.75 lbs.


Maybe even a pound would be OK, although I'd want to keep it somewhat balanced if you've got a bunch of crystal in there, or your FG will be way too high even if you mash at 145F.


Another way to develop that same flavor is to take about a gallon of your wort, and while you're heating up your kettle to boil, in a separate pot/burner, boil that gallon down until it's a quart or less. That will give you some killer malty melanoiden goodness.

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Yeah, I've tried my hand at some psuedo decoctions. I was even contemplating a single decoction for this recipe. That would surely enhance the caramel/butterscotch elements.

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