Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast Starter: 1 pint @ 1.050, 4 days
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.012
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: 4.2 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 28 @ 70
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): None
Tasting Notes: Like wit without the spices
This is an all-grain Belgian Blonde I designed that finished carbing this weekend.
Was going for a SWMBO drinkable beer (dark and hoppy being out of the question), and I picked the Willamette hop because I had been making an IPA and was having her sniff samples. The fruity esters from a Victory Saison were the inspiration here.
The strong fruit flavors were highly prevalent early on, but have mellowed out significantly. Now it reminds me of a Wit, though wheat and spices are absent. Next time I will try a fruitier belgian strain to try and make it more saison-y.
SWMBO absolutely loves it, and can drink it in large quantities. In that vein this beer was a smashing success.
8# Belgian Pilsner
0.25# Cara Foam
0.25# Cara Hell
Single infusion mash, 152F, 60 minutes
Batch sparge, 180F
Hop Schedule (all whole hops):
1.5 oz Williamette @ 60
0.25 oz Willamette @ 20
0.25 oz Willamette @ 15
0.25 oz Willamette @ 10
0.25 oz Willamette @ 5
0.5 oz Willamette @ 0