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Old 02-16-2010, 07:57 PM   #201
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Okay so forgive my noob question, but could someone enlighten me as to what is meant by single infusion and batch sparge?
Be sure to read the sticky threads at the top of the "All grain" forum on this site. In fact, I recommend reading all the stickies on all of the forums here. They are all enlightening. Welcome!
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:15 PM   #202
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This recipe is next on the list. I'm adjusting it a bit for 5.5 post-boil gallons, adding an additional ounce of fuggles for 60 min, boiling for 90 minutes instead of 60, and increasing the grain bill in equal proportions to end up with 14.25 lbs of grain (75% brewhaus efficiency) for an original gravity of 1.070. I'm estimating an SRM of 6.0 and 27 IBU's. I can't wait to get started!

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #203
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For my second brew I went to the store with the intentions of doing this but ended up with something, eh... different.

Since I'm not fancy enough to do the all grain version yet I tried to do extract version, but the LHBS didn't have any pale malt, so I did:

3# Briess Pilsner DME
4# Briess Bavarian LME.

Then I thought to myself: "Those extracts sound totally wrong and unBelgian." So I got some:

1# DARK Belgian rock candy (only used about .5# after picking out the darkest bits of candy. I wanted to keep it as light as possible. Yes I know. I'm an impulsive buyer. Sue me.)

I also put in 1oz of sweet orange peel.

I steeped 1# flaked wheat, then threw in the 1.2oz of Williamette at boil (1.2 oz because their Williamette had a different alpha acid listed. I imagine they do this so they can charge you more per recipe. Like selling packs of 10 hotdogs and packs of 8 buns.). Then I put the orange peel in for the last 20 minutes. Anyways they didn't have WLP400 so they sold me Wyeast 3844. He said it was "equivalent". Whatever that means. So after a very smooth boil, and chilling the wort pretty quickly in this arctic weather we're having I siphoned the stuff into the fermenter. While cutting open the yeast packet my dog decided to take a few licks outta the bucket. I hear dogs have more sanitary mouths than humans for what that's worth. He also eats poop off the ground so... Yeah.

I have no idea how this will turn out, but that's the fun. And if it turns out to be crap, the SWMBO WILL drink it because it was her damn idea! Belgian Blondes are her favorite style, well... because she IS a Belgian Blonde . If it turns out well I intend to name it "Evil Charlie's Dog Drool". If it's bad I'll call it "SWMBO Slayer" for a different reason than the original

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:38 PM   #204
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This recipe is next on the list. I'm adjusting it a bit for 5.5 post-boil gallons, adding an additional ounce of fuggles for 60 min, boiling for 90 minutes instead of 60, and increasing the grain bill in equal proportions to end up with 14.25 lbs of grain (75% brewhaus efficiency) for an original gravity of 1.070. I'm estimating an SRM of 6.0 and 27 IBU's. I can't wait to get started!
Why the extended boil? There's no pils malt so I wouldn't expect a lot of dms and 6 srm is still really light.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:38 PM   #205
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Actually I decided to follow more closely to the style guidelines of a true Belgian Blonde and completely changed my recipe. So I guess I'm no longer making the SWMBO Slayer. I am now, however, using pils grain. But even if I weren't using a pils grain I would still do 90 minutes. Why? Because I find it helps make the beer clearer in the end. I also like using more water in the mash/sparge because it seems to help with extraction efficiency.

New recipe:
5.5 gallons, 75% extraction efficiency, 80% yeast attenuation
10.7# Belgian pils
2# Belgian pale wheat
0.5# Caravienne
0.25# Aromatic malt
0.33# Clear candi sugar
1 oz. east kent goldings (5%) 60 min
1 oz. east kent goldings (5%) 30 min
Wyeast 1388 (2-stage step-up starter, pitch 1200mL)

Estimated results:
OG: 1.0701
FG: 1.0140
SRM: 5.4
IBU: 25.42
ABV: 7.34%

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Awesome, let us know how it comes out. Using more water definitely increases efficiency.

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Old 03-18-2010, 11:44 PM   #207
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I just brewed this today.Its been in the fermenter for a little over two hours and there is already signs of fermentation.This is the fastest i have ever seen a beer start up.Cant wait to try it.

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Old 03-19-2010, 04:36 PM   #208
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I started with extract and attenuation sucked. My first two all grains I had temp control problems and attenuations sucked. I mashed this one long and low and added a pound of invert sugar. I went from 1.070 to 1.010. Oops.

The 'syrup' going into the fermenter had a slick/silky mouth feel. I was afraid this would end up a bit thick. The hydro sample is a tad thin. Go figure. But summer is coming. I can live with it. Given the hydro sample taste I think I'll brew it again unchanged. Maybe a little higher mash to get some body. If I had Belgian bottles I'd just carb it up more. Haven't decided. IF I can get the wife to drink one little doubt she will be another notch.

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Old 03-22-2010, 07:11 PM   #209
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Well, my "experiment" that I posted about previously ended up working. It's not SWMBO Slayer, but it's actually pretty good. I actually ended up throwing in 2# of strawberries for 2 weeks in the secondary in order to make it a strawberry blonde. You can't taste strawberries in a draw, but it leaves a lingering strawberry hint after swallowing. I'll post the exact recipe if anyone's interested.

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Old 03-22-2010, 07:34 PM   #210
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I wonder what you'd have to do to make a "dirty blonde." Or better yet a dumb blonde.

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