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Old 10-12-2012, 05:36 AM   #1
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Planning on brewing my fourth ever batch, a dubbel in a few days. I picked up ingredients for the Dubbel Trouble recipe posted on the American Homebrewer's Association site, which follows:

13.0 lb (6.9 kg) Belgian Pilsner malt
0.75 lb (340 g) Special B malt
0.50 lb (227 g) Wheat malt
0.75 lb (340 g) Dark candi syrup
1 oz (28 g) Hallertau Hersbrucker (4.75% AA, 90 min)
0.75 oz (21 g) Spalter Select (5.0% AA, 15 min)
1 oz (28 g) Saaz (3.5% AA, 15 min)

Yeast: 1 vial White Labs 530 Abbey yeast
1/2 gallon starter

Step mash for 45 minutes at 105 F (41 C), 30 minutes at 140 F (60 C), raise over 30 minutes to 160 F (71 C), hold for 15 minutes before mashing out. Ferment at 68 F (20 C) for 7-10 days. Condition in secondary at 40 F (4 C) for 1-2 weeks.

I'll be doing BIAB, which I've done very successfully for my last 3 batches, so I'm not totally sure how to deal with the step mash. Can this be as simple as raising the temp with the bag in the kettle, as long as I keep it from burning? I'll also be leaving it in the primary, no secondary.

Any tips would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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Yep, one advantage of BIAB is very easy step mashing. So you can just heat it on whatever heat source you have. Don't worry about scorching unless you've got a strong propane burner, just don't turn it all the way up.

Make sure to start your starter now to ensure you've got good cell count in a couple days.
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