Originally Posted by kinkothecarp
10 lbs Pilsner Liquid Extract
1.3lbs Belgian Rock Candi Amber
1lb Carafa III
8oz Biscuit Malt
7oz Special B
6oz Aromatic Malt
1oz Chocolate Malt
60 minutes: 1oz Northern Brewer @ 8.5AA
30 minutes: 1oz Styrian Aurora @ 8.0AA
30 minutes: 1oz Hallertau @ 3.1AA
Boil: 3.0 gallons
9.7% ABV / 8% ABW
Steep Grains. I didn't pitch a starter and the beer worked perfectly. It's rich and smooth. You can drink this young (3-4 weeks) but really deserves age (4-6+ months).
So, based on the comments of this thread, I intend to tweak this thing a bit to get where I want it to be. Namely, I want to all grain this, I want to use Belgian Candi Syrup in lieu of rock candi (this is what my LHBS carries), and I want this thing to be lighter somehow, to match BJCP style guidelines. Perhaps just switching from pilsner LME to all grain pilsner would give me enough lightning aspects to kill two birds?
So here is my modified recipe so far:
2lb of Belgium candi Syrup, one at boil, another for mid ferment (not sure if 180 or 90 or 45 this is what my LHBS carries)
carafa III: considering reducing this to gain light color , can I sub here with pale chocolate malt?
8 oz biscuit malt
7oz special b
6oz aromatic malt
considering omitting the chocolate malt or subbing pale chocolate malt
Belgium Strong 545 yeast (what I have on hand)(I am inclined to make a starter, unless there are strong reasons why I shouldn't)
Thanks to Daksin for steering me here.