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Old 05-10-2011, 02:16 AM   #21
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Batch # 1 a complete success. After a week in the keg it was a little cloudy, but after two weeks golden clear and delicious. As Revvy planned, the higher mash maintains the beer's body and keeps a Leffe-esque sweetness despite finishing at 1.010. Slightly peppery with strong yeast notes make this a delicious, albeit dangerous devil of a beer at 7.6% abv. The keg is almost gone already, which is a travesty that this didn't get more time to age.

On Batch # 2, it started a little lower at 1.064, but still finished at 1.010. Then, I decided to put that residual sweetness to work against 1.5 lbs of red raspberries. They've been devoured in the secondary, leaving a very light pinkish golden hue. Can't wait to get this one on tap and see how the sour raspberries work in this brew.
Awesome!!! I can't wait to here how the rasberry one turns out.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:41 AM   #22
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this picture shows off the beer color and clarity. it's actually clearer, but has a slight haze on the glass because it was pretty warm yesterday. this glass sat outside for awhile, and so the head is not quite what it usually is....

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Hi Revvy, this recipe inspired me to brew up a Belgian Blonde - I haven't made a Belgian ale in a couple of years. I'm not following the recipe exactly, because I'm using ingredients on hand, but am inspired by it.

Got the Abbey Ale yeast starter going and think we'll brew on Sunday afternoon.

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Hi Revvy, this recipe inspired me to brew up a Belgian Blonde - I haven't made a Belgian ale in a couple of years. I'm not following the recipe exactly, because I'm using ingredients on hand, but am inspired by it.

Got the Abbey Ale yeast starter going and think we'll brew on Sunday afternoon.
Sounds good. Best of luck.
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I am going to brew this this weekend, just wondering if I was to do strawberries frozen, how many pounds do you recommend?

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I had been planning to do this with cherries, but with strawberry season in full swing, my wife's asked me to use them instead. I had been waiting to do this about a month from now, but am doing it this weekend instead.

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Xander, I really couldn't tell you how much fruit to use. It looks like Mikeb has some fruiting experience so maybe he can tell us what he uses.

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Amount of fruit is really dependent on preference. My wife likes to have a decent amount of strawberry flavor in it, so I use 6 pounds. If you want it to be very fruity, use 8 pounds; less fruity, use 4 pounds.

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So I might have missed it.. but did you ever figure out a PM version of this recipe?

heh.. if not I'll have to run it through a calculator to get to 4 gallons (the size of AG I am limited to due to what equipment I have on hand).

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So I might have missed it.. but did you ever figure out a PM version of this recipe?

heh.. if not I'll have to run it through a calculator to get to 4 gallons (the size of AG I am limited to due to what equipment I have on hand).
The problem I find with coming up with an extract or PM version of some beers is that the base malt here is pilsner, and I don't know how able anyone is to get pilsner extract. I've never tried it.

I see more beer has Pilsner Malt extract here.

I guess I would use that for the majority of the base as that, but if I were doing a PM, use some Pils grain with the specialty grains tom help convert them. If you're doing extract with grains I would just go with the pils LME as the base and steep the rest.

I'd love it if someone would give it a try.
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