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Old 06-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Great Big Belgian Split

I have on hand the following yeasts:
Wyeast 1214 Abbey
White Labs 575 Belgian Ale Blend
White Labs 500 Trappist

I am interested in doing a 10 gallon batch and splitting fermentations into (1) 5-gallon batch and (2) 2.5 gallon batches.

Last year I made a killer Belgian blonde and am curious if that style would possess an appropriate grain bill to experiment with these 3 particular strains.

Looking at the nature of Belgians it almost looks like I can do whatever I want.

Any advice would be pretty cool.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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The recipe goes (rounded values)
80% Pilsner
10% Table sugar
10% Cara-Pils

17 IBUs Perle
8 IBUs Styrian
2 IBUs Saaz

Mash @ 150

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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I'm in the midst of converting the BJCP guidelines to chart form and just did Belgian Strong ales, so that is burned into my eyeballs. Are you trying to make 3 versions of a blond? Or a blond and, say, two BGS? IIRC, the gravities overlap (or close enough for a # of DME to fix) and the other differences are mostly yeast-derived. Should be a cool experiment!

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:53 PM   #4
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I'm not really looking to make anything particular.

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Sounds like a perfect experiment to really learn those yeasts' characters.

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looks like a good experiment.

1214 and the 500 are basically the same yeast, so the taste should be the same for those two.

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Since 500 & 1214 are so close, I'll bottle one of them with orval dregs.

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Since 500 & 1214 are so close, I'll bottle one of them with orval dregs.

Great idea.
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Sounds like an interesting experiment! I'm currently doing something similar - a 5 gallon batch of dark strong ale, split between 500 and 550. Should be interesting. Especially trying to ramp fermentation temp with only a fish tank heater and an electric blanket. Nothing like going to sleep to the sound of multiple airlocks bubbling though

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What I can also do is split the 5 gallon batch at bottling as well between 1 case without a bottling yeast, and another with a bottling yeast.

This is pretty cool, I should end up with 4 cases of different beer.

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