Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recipe with Belgian Yeast

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-07-2010, 01:02 AM   #1
snoworshine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 80
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recipe with Belgian Yeast

I've got an idea for you experts out there. I was thinking of brewing 10 gallons of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone and then splitting into 5 gallons into two fermenters with:
1. standard Cali Ale yeast
2. Belgian T58 ale yeast (same as WLP500/Wyeast 1214)

Any idea how the "belgian pale ale" would turn out? Of course it wouldn't be to style with the domestic 2-row and cascade hops...but would it be any good? I have yeast cakes of each that I could ferment this wort on so it would be a convenient experiment.

__________________
snoworshine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-07-2010, 03:35 AM   #2
mithion
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 395
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

You'll be making what is essentially a Belgian pale ale. I'm sure it will turn out great. However, I'm very curious as to how the "funky" nature of Belgian yeast will blend with the American hops. Let us know how it turns out.

__________________

Primary:
Secondary: Chimay Tripel #1
Conditioning: The Day After Christmas Eve Old Ale, Phil's Classic English #2
Drinking: Irish Rebellion
Next Beer: Earthly Brown

mithion is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-07-2010, 03:39 AM   #3
snoworshine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 80
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

That's what I am a little worried about, I'm hoping that it doesn't taste too funky....(In a bad way..)

__________________
snoworshine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-07-2010, 03:55 AM   #4
mithion
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 395
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Normally, Belgian beers are fermented warmer with typical temperatures somewhere in the mid 70s. For this beer, I'd go cooler, maybe high 60s. A Belgian pale ale is a more delicate beer than the traditional trappist ale. You'll probably want some of that "funkyness" (after all, you want to brew a beer that will distinguish itself from the regular snpa) but you don't want to over do it. A simple accent will be delicious.

__________________

Primary:
Secondary: Chimay Tripel #1
Conditioning: The Day After Christmas Eve Old Ale, Phil's Classic English #2
Drinking: Irish Rebellion
Next Beer: Earthly Brown

mithion is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-07-2010, 08:02 AM   #5
MattHollingsworth
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Samobor, Croatia
Posts: 1,612
Liked 30 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 37

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mithion View Post
Normally, Belgian beers are fermented warmer with typical temperatures somewhere in the mid 70s. For this beer, I'd go cooler, maybe high 60s. A Belgian pale ale is a more delicate beer than the traditional trappist ale. You'll probably want some of that "funkyness" (after all, you want to brew a beer that will distinguish itself from the regular snpa) but you don't want to over do it. A simple accent will be delicious.
It's not as simple as that. A widespread practice for Belgian brewers is to pitch much cooler, say 60-68, then let the temp rise on its own over 5 days or so into the mid 70s and even into the low 80s. BUT, that crucial early stage is when most of the esters and fusels are formed. Pitching cooler as they do helps avoid excessive amounts of these fermentation byproducts.

From Brew Like a Monk:

Chimay is pitched at 68, then rises to 81-82 over 4 days.
Duvel is pitched at 61-64, then rises to 79-84 over 120 hours.
Orval is pitched at 57, may rise to 72, 4 days.
Rochefort is pitched at 68, rises to 73, 7 days.
Westmalle is pitched at 64, rises to 68, 5 to 6 days.
Westvleteren is pitched at 68, rises to 82 to 84, 4 to 6 days.


I tried this sort of technique on a beer around Christmas and came out fantastic. Using Wyeast 1388 (Duvel strain), I pitched at 65, then raised the temp 2 degrees F every 12 hours until I got to 77, then left it at 77 until I hit the 2 week mark. The beer was 7.5% abv, but the alcohol was so soft it seemed like less. It still had alcohol flavor but it just wasn't hot at all. Hard to tell on the esters as this one was packed with Ginger and Grapefruit zest.
__________________
HOMEBREWING SINCE 1997

Last edited by MattHollingsworth; 04-07-2010 at 08:06 AM.
MattHollingsworth is offline
BreezyBrew Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2011, 09:42 PM   #6
surferdrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 182
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I know this is an old thread but I'll be doing the following beginning tomorrow:

10 gallon batch of my pale ale recipe split into:
5 gallons with WLP001
5 gallons with WLP500

Then, in a couple weeks, I'm going to do a 10 gallon batch of my IIPA recipe split into 5 gallons on each of those yeast cakes.

Will be an interesting experiment!!!

Btw, have any of you tried Green Flash La Freak? Belgian IIPA...west coast crazy hopped style. Amazing!

__________________
surferdrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2011, 11:53 PM   #7
badhabit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Evanston Wyoming
Posts: 721
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts

Default

I make a Belgin using American NW hops. I use a Belgian yeast, is kind of a dark Amber and finishes with Summitt hops. It is one of my favorites and a big hit with family and friends. I ferment at pretty low temps 65 max and condition for 90 days.

__________________
badhabit is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Michael_Currie Commercial Brew Discussion 12 12-15-2013 03:46 PM
All-Grain - High Sierra (Sierra Nevada) Pale Ale The Pol Recipes/Ingredients 45 05-04-2013 06:50 PM
sierra nevada pale ale FEARDIZ Commercial Brew Discussion 14 12-03-2007 08:57 PM
sierra nevada recipe(not pale ale or celebration!) grrtt78 Recipes/Ingredients 0 02-06-2007 07:45 PM
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale TREMBLE Commercial Brew Discussion 16 11-08-2006 03:40 AM