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Old 04-15-2011, 07:02 AM   #1
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Default Hoppy Belgian/American fusion!

I have to say, as I am drinkin' this brew right now, this is friggin' fantastic!!! Anyone who likes the complexity of belgians and the hoppiness of american pales, IPA's, etc, will LOOOOOOOOOOVE this beer!!!

I originally modeled this brew after Hopfen Weisse. I just winged some stuff based on a pretty basic weizenbock with a blend of german and american hops. The end result is flat out awesome. I couldn't be happier with this beer.

The recipe I used is as follows:

Extract w/ steeping grains

Type: Extract
Date: 3/14/2011
Batch Size: 2.25 gal
Boil Size: 1.20 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.0 oz Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 6.38 % (Late addition)
3 lbs 4.8 oz Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 67.90 %
5.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.38 %
3.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 3.91 %
2.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.57 %
2.0 oz Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 2.57 %
1.00 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 31.1 IBU
0.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 11.9 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (20 min) Hops 5.3 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (10 min) Hops 3.2 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 4.0 IBU
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (Dry Hop 21 days) Hops -
4.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light (8.0 SRM) Sugar 5.14 %
4.0 oz Cane (Beet) Sugar (0.0 SRM) Sugar 5.14 %



Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.070 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.072 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.018 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.016 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.85 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 7.32 %
Bitterness: 58.4 IBU Calories: 327 cal/pint
Est Color: 23.1 SRM

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After 7 days it is WELL carbonated and very very good! I can't imagine what this stuff will taste like after 2 months! I really hope it lasts that long! Best beer to date!

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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What yeast did you use? Sounds more like a German/American fusion?

I did a hoppy hefeweizen last summer with WY3068 and Cascades and Amarillo, I was wsurprised how well the combination worked.

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Well, I'll just call it a 'European'/American fusion. lol. I used WY3068 as well. What a fantastic yeast!

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I brew a beer that seems to resist all classification that I, along with anyone that has ever had it, love. It started as a Belgian and uses a Belgian golden ale yeast but has American hops and no ester flavor. I say if it tastes good brew it! I would love to enter it in a competition but as of yet can't classify without changing the recipe.

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