I took a stab at this one last night. I'm a bit of a novice still, but it did seem awfully easy. I'm excited about this brew, I had it at a grand rapids brew festival this winter and it was my favorite there. Plus it's my first high gravity, etc.
Based on the great info in this thread, here's what I made:
WLP500 Trappist ale yeast. This was my first time doing a starter. Seemed easy enough to make. Used 4cups water & 2 cups light dme. It went into a couple quart mason jars with alum foil. I then gave 'em a good swirl / shake a half dozen times each day for 2 days, then into the fridge. Some research on here suggests using your starter with a day-ish for maximu
Viability...so I hope I didn't mess that up. I gave it a few hours on the counter before pitching to warm up, decanted half the beer off before pitching.
Recipe was slightly altered based on what was available.
10lbs Light malt extract LME (lhbs said it's the same as pilsner lme)
1lbs Amber DME
1lbs Light Belgian Candy
1/2 lb of pilsner light dme
1/2 lb of Cara pils steeped @160 for mouthfeel (I'm new to this term, but went with it)
12.5 lbs fermentables.
Hops: (IBU at 21 according to beer calculus)
1 oz. German Hallertau 3.8%AA 60min (subbed for mittlefruh)
0.25 oz. Cascade 12%AA 60 min (had this leftover from prev brew and accidentally didn't buy two packages of hallertau)
1/2 oz. Styrian Goldings 3.4% AA 30min
0.8 oz. Saaz 2.8% AA 3min
Also did a bit of late add with some of the lme, for Hopp utilization.
Steeped cara pils for 25min @ 160. In 3.5 gallons.
Brought to boil.
Remove Fromm boil.
Add 5lbs lme, candi, 1/2 lb Pilsen dme.
60 min - Add hallertau & cascade
Continue boil (never really threatened to boilover)
25 min - amber dme & styrian goldings
15 min - add 5lbs lme (and immersion chiller to sterilize)
5 min - add saaz.
Cooled with immersion chiller while on the stove.
Swirled to cone trub
Racked out wort, almost no trub
Added 2 gallons filtered water.
Poured back / forth to aerate.
Pitch that yeast.
Fermenting in our extra bathroom @ 72 - 75.
This morning, already bubbling, every 2-3 seconds thru 3/8" blowoff . Nice spicy banana scent.
Well see how it goes :-).