I recently picked up a Brewer's Best Belgian Tripel
recipe kit. The kit came with over 9lbs of extract (mix of LME and DME), plus some candy sugar and maltodextrin... but only 1/4 lb of "specialty grains" (4oz of Belgian Aromatic).
I'm still pretty new to this brewing stuff, but I wanted to try my hand at modifying (hopefully improving) this recipe. I'd like to increase the head retention a bit, as my last few batches have lacked in that area. Also this kit is supposed to fall in the lower end of the ABV range for a Tripel (somewhere around 8.5%). I'd like to end up a bit closer to 10%. I wouldn't mind adding a little bit more caramel flavor/color as well.
So here's what I have in mind. The instructions suggest to steep 4oz of aromatic in 2.5 gallons of water for 20 minutes. I would like to increase that to at least 3 gallons of water, and steep the following:
.25lbs flaked wheat
.25lbs belgian aromatic
.25lbs belgian caravienne
.5lbs belgian caramel pils
Also, I plan to swap out the dry yeast (S-33) with some Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity.
So what do you think? How do you think these additions would change the flavor, head retention and overall outcome of the beer?