Sunday, February 5, 2012

Belgium Strong Golden Ale

Last year I celebrated the Super Bowl by brewing what would become my finest beer thus far- a Belgium Strong Golden Ale. I should've entered it in a competition, but stupidly I didn't. Well, I shouldn't say stupidly, I mean my friends and I did enjoy every singly drop. I took it to our department Christmas party where it got mad props. I should probably be more humble, but seriously, it was awesome. So I thought what better way to celebrate this Super Bowl than by brewing the same beer again? Oh, and if I bottle it in two weeks it'll even be ready for the Bluebonnet Brewoff next month? Yes! If all goes as planned I'll finally meet my goal of submitting three beers: a Belgium Strong Dark, a Saison, and this Belgium Strong Golden Ale. This one is a little on the weak side with an initial gravity of 1.068 (which means that it'll probably clock in right around 7% since I expect it to finish dry), and the Saison is going to be a little cloudier than I'd like, I think, but regardless, these are going to be some of the finer beers the judges have the pleasure of tasting and I expect them all to make it to the second round. If my Strong Dark calms down a little (it tasted like rocket fuel when I bottled it due to the fact that it's right around 10% ABV) it should have a good chance of placing. And if not, I bottled enough that I may just have to let it sit around for the next year until it's nice and mellow for the 2013 contest! Anyway, if you want a recipe that has been described as "dangerously fun" by my boss and owner of the local homebrew supply shop, then you'll want to make this. Also, if you want to meet me in person, come find me representing the store at the St. Paddy's Day parade next month!

By the way, congratulations New York, that was an amazing game. Madonna for MVP!

Belgium "Strong" Golden Ale



12 lb. Dingmans Pils
0.75 lb. Cara 20 (Cara Vienne)
0.5 lb. Gambrinus Honey Malt
0.5 lb. Weyermann Carafoam
0.5 lb. Weyermann Lt. Wheat
0.2 lb. Dingmans Special B
0.2 lb. Dingmans Aromatic Malt

14 oz. Light Lump Sugar from the Asian Grocery Store
1 cups Cane Sugar

1 oz. Gr. Tettnang 3.7% AA (60 min)
0.5 oz. Gr Hersbrucker 2.6% AA (60 min)

0.5 oz. Gr Hersbrucker 2.6% AA (10 min)
0.5 oz Styrian Golding 3.8% AA (5 min)

Rind of 1 orange and 1 grapefruit
1 tbsp coriander crushed with mortar and pestle
1 tablet Whirlfloc (Irish Moss)
1 tbsp Yeast Nutrient

Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity Ale Yeast

Mash at 150 for 1 hour. Double batch sparge and collect 7.5 gallons.

OG: 1.068

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