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Old 02-10-2010, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default Belgian Blonde - Opinions Please

Some friends from work are having a brew day in March and I'm thinking of making this recipe. Opinions please. :-)

Beer: Belgian Blonde
Type: Extract
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.88 gal
Boil Time: 60 min

Ingredients

Amount - Item - Type - % or IBU
5.00 lb - Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) - Extract - 55.6 %
4.00 lb - Wheat Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) - Extract - 44.4 %
1.00 oz - Williamette [5.50%] (60 min) - Hops - 18.1 IBU
1 Pkgs - Belgian Wheat (Brewtek #CL-0900) - Yeast-Wheat

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.065 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.3 %
Bitterness: 18.1 IBU
Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 9.3 SRM


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Old 02-10-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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you probably want to steep some grain here or your not going to have any unfermentable sugars to leave mouth feel. This will ferment almost completly down leaving a very thin beer in my oppinion. COnsider steeping a bit of crystal grains or some type of dextrin rich malt...


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Old 02-10-2010, 05:22 PM   #3
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you probably want to steep some grain here or your not going to have any unfermentable sugars to leave mouth feel. This will ferment almost completly down leaving a very thin beer in my oppinion. COnsider steeping a bit of crystal grains or some type of dextrin rich malt...
If I choose to not steep any grains, would a pound or two of Malto Dextrin help?
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:08 PM   #4
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There is plenty of unfermentable sugars in the extracts.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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If you did use malto-dextrin, I think it would be more like 4-8 oz.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:18 PM   #6
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i just had a glass of my belgian honey blonde...very sexy beer. spicy, light, crisp, funky, aromatic...wow


8oz crystal10
8oz flaked wheat
4oz caravienne malt
3# wheat dme -
1.5# light dme - added 30 minutes
1.5# honey - added 10 minutes
1oz willamette 60 minutes
.5oz saaz 15 mintues
.5oz saaz 5 minutes
2oz ginger 2 minutes

wyeast 3942 belgian wheat yeast
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If I choose to not steep any grains, would a pound or two of Malto Dextrin help?
yea it would but i still think you would be better off steeping a crystal grain but 4-8oz of malto dextrine should work also. Your final gravity will probably end up being lower than 1.017 as listed since your using only extracts... You could add the extracts at the beginning of the boil to get more carmelized sugars for the yeast but it will make your beer slightly darker vs a late addition of the extract
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:43 PM   #8
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i just had a glass of my belgian honey blonde...very sexy beer. spicy, light, crisp, funky, aromatic...wow


8oz crystal10
8oz flaked wheat
4oz caravienne malt
3# wheat dme -
1.5# light dme - added 30 minutes
1.5# honey - added 10 minutes
1oz willamette 60 minutes
.5oz saaz 15 mintues
.5oz saaz 5 minutes
2oz ginger 2 minutes

wyeast 3942 belgian wheat yeast
2 oz of ginger? How long did this beer need to mellow? I used 1 oz in an 8%ABV Christmas ale and wished I used less.
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i think it was better off after 1.5 months in bottle cause the honey needed to mellow. also, i put in at last 2 mintues, so spiciness just sort of blended with spiciness of belgian yeast?

when did you put in ginger? i think that can make a big difference.

and to OP...i'd steep atleast 8oz crystal 10l and think about doing a late addition on 1/2 of extract.
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:52 PM   #10
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yea it would but i still think you would be better off steeping a crystal grain but 4-8oz of malto dextrine should work also. Your final gravity will probably end up being lower than 1.017 as listed since your using only extracts... You could add the extracts at the beginning of the boil to get more carmelized sugars for the yeast but it will make your beer slightly darker vs a late addition of the extract
What Crystal Grain and how much. Also, what do mean exactly by late addition of the extract? I thought I was supposed let all of the extract boil for an hour?


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