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Old 12-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #341
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Here's my first Belma recipe (brewed it today):

12 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Warminster (4.5 SRM) 90.6 %
16.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) 7.5 % (added 30 min into a 50 min mash)
4.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) 1.9 %
0.25 oz Belma [11.30 %] - First Wort 60.0 min 9.5 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) -
1.00 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min 12.6 IBUs
1.75 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 1.0 min 2.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Brettanomyces Lambucus (Wyeast Labs #5526) [50.28 ml] -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] (starter made with both yeasts mixed together)

The O.G was 1.063 (~5.7 gallons), and I pitched the two yeasts at 65 F. Looking forward to drinking this sucker in a few months! The wort actually had a nice little acidic tang to it.
I did a similar saison-brett last year with 3711/Brett B that finished @ 1.002, so this bad boy could end up being 8% ABV when all is said and done.
That sounds tasty. Can I ask what temperature you mash at?
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:51 PM   #342
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That sounds tasty. Can I ask what temperature you mash at?
I mashed at 152 F, but it was cold out, and when I added the acid malt and gave the tun a stir, the temp reading was down to ~142, so I heated the tun back up to 152 and let it sit another 10 minutes. Everything ran clear, so it looked good. There's no way I could've mashed at a lower temp very easily when it was around 20 F in my garage, lol.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:41 PM   #343
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Here's my first Belma recipe (brewed it today):

12 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Warminster (4.5 SRM) 90.6 %
16.0 oz Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) 7.5 % (added 30 min into a 50 min mash)
4.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) 1.9 %
0.25 oz Belma [11.30 %] - First Wort 60.0 min 9.5 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) -
1.00 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min 12.6 IBUs
1.75 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 1.0 min 2.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Brettanomyces Lambucus (Wyeast Labs #5526) [50.28 ml] -
1.0 pkg French Saison (Wyeast Labs #3711) [50.28 ml] (starter made with both yeasts mixed together)

The O.G was 1.063 (~5.7 gallons), and I pitched the two yeasts at 65 F. Looking forward to drinking this sucker in a few months! The wort actually had a nice little acidic tang to it.
I did a similar saison-brett last year with 3711/Brett B that finished @ 1.002, so this bad boy could end up being 8% ABV when all is said and done.
I did a something similar last week. Lower gravity, less Acid malt, and 1.5lbs of Munich. Also a little Citra in there as well, and no brett.

Ok, it's nothing similar to that =). I'll try that again. I also brewed a Saison with Belma. There. That's better.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #344
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Put in the dry hops for my 2-row Belma SMaSH today and also took a gravity sample. Obviously I'll have to wait for the final beer to give my assessment, but for now the aroma I get is strong pineapple and strawberry. The flavor is also fruity, but with less discernible difference between the individual flavors. Unfortunately I had a brain fart and in the interest of trying a new hop schedule, I did all late hops and no bittering charge, so I don't have an idea of how it performs as a bittering hop. It's yet to be certain, but I don't think I'd use this as a bittering hop anyway, so hopefully it's a moot point.

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:14 PM   #345
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There are better bittering hops, but none cheaper. With Belma being confirmed by many of us as a "mild" strength hop without any harsh flavor characteristics, its safe to assume Belma in fact is a great candidate for bittering and aroma/flavor.

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #346
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So.. what do you guys think.. worth $16/LB after shipping?

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:30 PM   #347
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You bought one pound of Belma and nothing else?

Buy in bulk. You're doing it wrong.

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So.. what do you guys think.. worth $16/LB after shipping?

Ehh. No. I'll be honest, it's not. It's a flavorful, great dual purpose hop. Buying hops in bulk is only really worth it if you buy more, and it cuts down on the shipping and you have the ability to store it.
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You bought one pound of Belma and nothing else?

Buy in bulk. You're doing it wrong.
I'm primarily a one gallon brewer... So thats more like 5 lb of hops. I use Palisades a lot, maybe I could also order a pound of them if hopsdirect have them in stock along with belma


Thanks for feedback I'll pass on Belma
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:58 PM   #350
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I went in with 3 other guys from the local brew club for a total of 9 pounds. That made shipping $13.50, which is a HUGE difference.

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