I'm curious if anyone has experience with brewing big beers with significant amounts of simple sugars in the bill (not like big Belgian beers - I don't want this to be as dry as possible).
So I got my hands on a jar of heather honey and I'm wanting to make a RIS in the image of Stormaktsporter from Närke (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/narke-k...sporter/58057/).
Batch size: 3.75 gallons
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%
I want to target a FG of 1.018 giving me an ABV of 9.5%
2 # 10 oz Light DME
4 # Maris Otter
12 oz Roasted Barley
10 oz Brown Malt
10 oz Caramunich II
4 oz Chocolate Malt
4 oz Carafa III
4 oz Aromatic Malt
1# 1.6 oz Heather Honey (10.5% of grist bill)
90 minute Boil
.82 oz Magnum (14.7aa) @60
.5 oz Styrian Goldings, .05 oz EKG @ 30
.5 oz Styrian Goldings, .05 oz EKG @ 0
I subbed DME in place of some of the base malt b/c I want to make sure I hit my OG and not have any efficiency issues.
My question is: what mash temp should I target? with 10% simple sugars I'm afraid to go too low and not have enough body I expect to have when I drink a RIS. I really want to fall into the 1.017-1.021 range (landing the ABV in the 9%ish range).
Anyone have any ideas?