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Old 09-20-2011, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default New Belgium Belgo

Just tried it, three bottles down -- anyone have a clone?

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New Belgium is one of those great breweries that put all of their recipe details on their website, take a crack at making a recipe:

Belgo IPA is a Belgian twist on India Pale Ale made with five varieties of hops. Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops are pitched in the kettle. Cascade, Amarillo, and Willamette hops are added during dry-hopping. Medium-bodied, Belgo opens with citrus and floral tones from generous hopping, then gives way to soft fruit tones implied by the authentic Trappist yeast strain and finishes clean.

Just the facts Ma'am...
ABV - 8.0%
IBU - 70
Calories - 232
Hops - Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo
Malts - Pale, C120, Honey malt
OG - 18.5
TG - 3

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Old 09-20-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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*facepalm* -- probably should have checked their site first

Guess it's time to make a clone

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Old 10-08-2011, 11:10 PM   #4
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8%?! really?! it doesnt taste like 8%

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:54 PM   #5
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Anyone give this one a go yet? This is one of my top beers I'm buying because I haven't found a good clone yet... I can damn near drink the whole 6 pack in a single sitting... need to brew this.

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:52 AM   #6
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I'm currently giving it a go. Just finished the boil. I will check back in with my results. I had a few (alot)of random hops in the freezer to use up, but my aim was this "style".

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:23 AM   #7
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Note, the new belgium site updated, it's now a 7% - 60 IBU beer; which seems a bit more in line with what I taste... Here's my take; gonna give this a try this week or next:


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Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 8.45 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.76 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 6.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.065 SG
Estimated Color: 8.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 61.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
14 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        93.3 %        
12.0 oz               Honey Malt (25.0 SRM)                    Grain         2        5.0 %         
4.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM)   Grain         3        1.7 %         
0.75 oz               Simcoe [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           4        34.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Centennial [8.10 %] - Boil 30.0 min      Hop           5        15.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Cascade [5.90 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           6        6.0 IBUs      
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop           7        5.1 IBUs      
1.0 pkg               Trappist High Gravity (Wyeast Labs #3787 Yeast         8        -             
0.50 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Day Hop           9        0.0 IBUs      
0.50 oz               Cascade [5.90 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop           10       0.0 IBUs      
0.50 oz               Willamette [4.30 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days   Hop           11       0.0 IBUs      


Mash Schedule: BIAB, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 15 lbs
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Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Saccharification  Add 38.19 qt of water at 156.5 F        148.0 F       90 min        
Mash Out          Heat to 168.0 F over 7 min              168.0 F       10 min
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:29 AM   #8
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Brewed this last night, currently fermenting at 72F... blowoff tube needed.
First time brewing on my new setup so didn't hit my numbers exactly, OG 1.061, target of 1.065. But I did get my 6G volume. Used a 3L starter of Wyeast 3522 (Ardennes instead of the strong). A quick side-by-side with a NB Belgo shows that the color is almost identical. Only time will tell if the rest of the recipe is on target.

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #9
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Any update on how this turned out?

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After 12 days in the primary... OG was 1.061, short about 4 points, and I hit 1.017 FG. that works out to close to 6%. I was shooting for 1.018 so that worked out nicely.

First, the color is still spot on. Second, the aroma ... I can't even describe how wonderful this is... but spot on... An amazing fruity, orange, grapefruit... just magical smell mixed with just the slightly hit of clove and belgian banana... perfect...

Taste... close, but so far it's just way too young... The dry-hop bitterness is overwhelming the flavor now and a bit too dry in flavor (a little odd with an FG of 1.017).. going to take a few more weeks (or more) to let the malt profile come out... going to shoot for this to be ready second week of June... I wish I could rush it, but it's so close to being a clone...

Thinking of a rebrew, I'm only looking to bump up the gravity to hit about 7% and maybe up the honey malt to really let the sweetness come out as well, maybe a water profile adjustment more toward malty.

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