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Shop Brew Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Westy-ish

Shop Brew Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Westy-ish

From the January '18 shop brew session, this recipe was created based on several ingredients I found available for cheap/free. The shop had accidentally ordered a bag of Munich light malt of a brand that they don't normally stock, so they marked it way down to get it out of inventory. I mentioned to several other members that I wanted to use that malt for the shop brew to see if they had recipe suggestions. John Aitcheson said he had saved yeast slurry from an earlier batch that had been cultured from a bottle of Westvleteren 8 and offered it for the shop brew. Given that yeast (free!) and that malt (cheap!) a strong dark Belgian style brew made the most sense. At this writing, the ferment is now tapering off. The wort by itself tasted fantastic.

Brewed By: Cullen Davis, Jenna Bonney, Duane Schmeckert, Bradley T., Kevin Alvarado
Brew Date: 01/21/2018

Shop Brew Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Westy-ish

By Cullen Davis
Method: All Grain Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Boil Time: 60 min Batch Size: 35 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 37.4 gallons Efficiency: 70% (brew house)
Boil Gravity: 1.076 (recipe based estimate) Hop Utilization Multiplier: 1
Original Gravity: 1.079
Final Gravity: 1.019
ABV (standard): 7.92%
IBU (tinseth): 20.23
SRM (morey): 16.96
Mash pH: 0
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
50 lb Munich - Light 10L 37.3 10 46.7%
50 lb Belgian Pilsner Malt 37 1.6 46.7%
3 lb CaraMunich III 34 57 2.8%
4 lb Special B 34 115 3.7%
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU
4 oz Aramis Pellet 8.1 Boil 60 min 13.94
4 oz Aramis Leaf/Whole 8.1 Boil 15 min 6.29
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
40.12 gal Strike 152 F 60 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
- Westveleteren 8 Bottle Dregs
Attenuation (avg): 65% Flocculation: Low
Optimum Temp: 65 - 78 °F Starter: Yes
Fermentation Temp: - Pitch Rate: 0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P)
CO2 Level: 3.5 Volumes
Target Water Profile: 35315
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0

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Date: 2021-08-23 02:51 UTC
Recipe Last Updated: 2021-08-23 02:46 UTC
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