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Old 09-23-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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After drinking massive amounts of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel I've inspired to brew something similar in balance and awesomeness. I'm shooting for a Belgian style beer on the hoppy end where both its yeast and the unique hop can complement each other.

6 Gallon Batch

OG: 1.084 (70% efficiency)
FG: 1.012
ADF: 85%
ABV: 9.44%
IBU: 62.1
SRM: 7.9

13.5 lb - Pilsner
2 lb - Light Munich (6.9L)
4 oz - Aromatic
4 oz - White Wheat Malt (Not for sure on this)

2 lb - Turbinado sugar

90 minute boil

1 oz - Nelson Sauvin (12% aa) @ 90 --- 40.2 IBU
1 oz - Nelson Sauvin @ 20 --- 13.5 IBU
1.25 oz - Nelson Sauvin @ 5 --- 8.4 IBU
.75 oz - Nelson Sauvin @ Day 7

Yeast: Either WL550 (L'chouffe's strain), Duvel yeast (I have it on hand), or possibly Allagash's yeast (it was suggested to capture some of this and culture it up).

I have never used this hop before but I have heard it is pretty crazy. I'm not sure if its flavors will be too overwhelming with this hop schedule. With the yeasts I'm leaning more towards WL550 - I wouldn't mind using Duvel's yeast but I'm just not sure how its super fruity notes would meld with the hop flavors.

Anyone who has any experience brewing a Belgian IPA or has used this hop please chime in!
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:11 PM   #2
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Looks good to me, should be an interesting batch. The 4 oz of wheat won't make a big difference either way. I used Nelson Sauvin in a brown ale a couple years back, tasty sort of grapey as I'd heard, but more pine/citrus to my taste buds. I think any of those yeasts will work well, but if you have been digging the Houblon, why not go that direction? Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:26 PM   #3
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I too am addicted to Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA. I followed this recipe and found it to be pretty close. A bit too much amarillo hops, but since I absolutly love those hops, it didn't bother me.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/houb...pchewy-150742/
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Ah thanks for the link. Well now my plan is to make a big ol' starter and brew this one up - then the week after take the second half the the starter and brew up an actual clone of Houblon Chouffe. I have so many different/odd hops laying around that I need to use up...like summit. Though, I do like the idea of using a hop named after a famous Belgian brewer in a Belgian style beer (even though the hops are from NZ).
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