Originally Posted by Calder
If it didn't have the Coopers Stout kit in it, I would have said it looked like a pretty good Dubbel.
Melanoiden really needs to be mashed. I don't know what you will get out of it by just steeping.
What's the point of the Willamette? 3 ozs is a lot. I assume the two kits have hops already in them.
Just use the Belgian yeast, not the Coopers.
Originally, I planned to do more than one Belgian Dubbel, but the first is taking a decent amount of time to age. I figured it was best to branch out in case I am not a big fan of it. When I saw that Belgian Abbey II was good for an RIS, I decided that was an interested path to move on.
I have heard mashing and steeping both for Melanoiden at this time. In fact, some extract kits include it as a specialty grain for steeping.
I was going with 3 ounces for the added complexity and the conditioning time in the bottles. I figure after around two months, they will fade out in both flavor and aroma to some extent. Am I incorrect on that assumption? And yes, the kits are prehopped.