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Aug092010

Chizzer Wizzer Belgo-American Brown

Mash-up of a Belgian Dubbel and American Brown Ale. Designed by Michael Dawson. Tweaked by Chizzer Wizzer (where noted). Here's a video showing my spartan method of cooling the fermentation down to about 70F.

OG - 1.048 (with 0.5 lb Dark Belgian Syrup) or 1.054 (with full pound of syrup, like I used)

FG (expected) - 1.011

Steeping Grains

  • 1.0 lb Crystal/Caramel 60L
  • 0.25 lb Carafa III

Fermentables

  • 6.0 lbs Gold LME
  • 1.0 lb Dark Belgian Syrup (I used the full pound.... Dawson called for 0.5 lb)

Hops

  • 1 oz Cluster whole leaf hops - First Wort Hop (added to the grain sack with the steeping grains... not part of original recipe)
  • 1 oz. Cluster pellet hops - 60 min
  • 0.5 oz Centennial whole leaf hops - 15 min
  • 0.5 oz Centennial whole leaf hops - 0 min

Yeast

I made a starter of Wyeast 3538-PC Leuven Pale Ale Yeast. It was a Private Collection (limited) release for Spring 2010. Not sure what other strain would be best substituted, but you can find its stats here and compare to the other year-round or future PC releases.

Process

  • I steeped grains and First Wort Hops in three gallons of water from cool to about 165, pulled and drained bag
  • Brought that steeped water to a near boil and added all the LME and Dark Syrup
  • Brought dark malted water to boil, added 60 min Cluster pellets
  • With 15 min left in boil, I added 0.5 oz Centennial whole leaf hops to my reusable nylon steeping bag... and Irish moss.
  • With 10 min left in boil, I added 1/2 tsp. Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
  • With 1 min left in boil, I added another 0.5 oz Centennial whole leaf hops to the steeping bag
  • Used immersion wort chiller to get to about 85F. Topped off to 5-gallons. OG: 1.053. Pitched insane yeast starter that had been going for about three days and was smelling like a funky Belgian beer all on its own.
  • Put bucket into tub with water and ice packs (swapped out daily or when needed) to maintain primary fermenting temperature of 70F.
  • After 4 days in bucket / tub combo, the SG is 1.013. Doing pretty good. BTV is leaving for Wisconsin today for four days of shooting so there will be no ice-swapping while I'm gone. Hopefully it will like the slight rise in temperature and lose a few more points. I would love for it be at 1.011 when I get back.
  • Expecting to rack to secondary on Friday August 13, 2010. ..... more to come.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

What type of yeast did you use for this?

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

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