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Old 11-14-2012, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Simple Belgian Ale

Hey i brewed this up about a month ago and just got around to trying it. Basically this is my attempt at doing a smash (almost) and using some belgian ale yeast just to see how I like it. It turned out extremely thin bodied (i prefer malty) and a tad bitter. It has a strong yeast after taste. Its not terrible, but its not good. Any tips on adding some malty-ness or character? I'm trying to get a feel for how exactly different grains and hops will affect my brews. I guess I was imagining this would come out smoother cleaner and more balanced than it did.

Boil Size: 2.32 gal
Post Boil Volume: 1.57 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 1.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 0.78 gal
Estimated OG: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 3.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 98.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1 lbs 14.4 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 86.4 %
4.8 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 13.6 %
0.30 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 13.1 IBUs
0.30 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 4 10.1 IBUs
0.30 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 5 2.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belgian Ale (White Labs #WLP550) [35.49 Yeast 6 -


Mash Schedule: BIAB, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 2 lbs 3.2 oz

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