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Old 06-13-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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I wanted some opinions on my asian tweak on a belgian ale

7 lbs Light Malt Extract
1 lb Dry Light Malt Extract

1/2 lb Belgian Caramunich
1/4 lb Belgian Special B

got at asain mart
add lotus root starch 250 grams
400g lump sugar looks like belgian rock sugar
2 slabs of brown slab sugar from china
500gram of maltose

60 min boil 1.5 oz of fuggle hops
.5 oz at 2 min

belgian abbey ale yeast

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Sounds like a tasty idea. I'd skip the lotus root starch because starches need to be converted in the mash to fermentable sugars. You can take or leave the maltose, it will be nicely fermentable, but it probably doesn't add much flavor. I believe Extreme Brewing has a recipe with Chinese Yellow Lump sugar, sounds like what you have. The brown sugar should be a tasty addition as well.

What is the weight of the brown sugar? You are probably pushing the upper limit in terms of simple sugars. I'd highly suggest adding some yeast nutrient with all that extract and sugar.


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