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Old 08-01-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Belgian yeast for non-belgian styles?

I just bottled a very light belgian ale with Wyeast 1214 belgian abbey ale. it was a light straw color, very dry, and a slight banana flavor. the recipe included:
8 lbs castle pilsner malt
1 lb table sugar
.75 oz styrian goldings @ 60
.25 oz styrian goldings @ 15

mash at 149F for 80 min.

OG around 1.04 (broke hydrometer the day before).

after looking at the recipe, it occurred to me that i basically brewed a lite lager, but with belgian ale yeast. i may try the same recipe with S-05 to see what the difference is.

also, i have heard of imperial stouts using belgian ale yeast, and i have the washed cake of wyeast 1214 sitting in my fridge. does anyone have suggestions on other styles that could be fun to try with belgian yeast?


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Old 08-01-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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after looking at the recipe, it occurred to me that i basically brewed a lite lager, but with belgian ale yeast.
No you brewed a lite Belgian blond


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Old 08-01-2011, 05:13 PM   #3
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Brew an IPA with it, bet it comes out nice. Really, the beautiful fact of it is that this is all experimentation. Homebrew is what you make it.

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No you brewed a lite Belgian blond
by the numbers (og, srm and ibu) its a little light to be called a belgian pale. arent belgian blondes supposed to be stronger too? forgive my ignorance, i know very little about these styles.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:49 PM   #5
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I recently had a tasty amber ale brewed with a Belgian yeast.
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by the numbers (og, srm and ibu) its a little light to be called a belgian pale. arent belgian blondes supposed to be stronger too? forgive my ignorance, i know very little about these styles.
Yeah the gravity is too low for Belgian Blonde, hence he called it a lite. I guess technically it would fall under 16E. Belgian Specialty Ale.
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if you dont want to do another belgian style, barleywines and imperial stouts do well with the yeast. can also use it to start off a sour/brett batch too.
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I'm going to be brewing 10 gal of the Stone IPA clone. I'm going to use a Belgian strain I have from the Tripel I recently made on 5 gal of it to get something close to Stones Cali-Belgique.
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IPAs, stouts, Belgo-American pale ales, browns, ambers, wee-heavies -- and of course the whole universe of Belgian ales themselves. You have a lot of options, my friend.
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I'm a big fan of the Belgian IPA personally. I've also done american ambers fermented with belgian yeast and they all came out good.


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