55 LB Dingemans Belgian Pilsner
2 LB Special B
5 LB Cane Sugar inverted and boiled down to 3/4 gallon
5 LB Dark Liquid Candi Sugar
Dough malt into 120 degree water. Pull 35% of grist and decoct. Decoction should rest 15 minutes at 147 degrees and boil for 20 minutes. Add decoct to main mash and let rest for 1 hour at 150 degrees. Raise temperature to 160 and mash out.
4 oz 9.0 AA Northern Brewer pellets 60 minutes
3 oz 4.5 AA Hallertauer pellets 20 minutes
2 oz 1.9 AA Saaz pellets 20 minutes
Invert and concentrate sugar the week before. Stir constantly and lower heat. Sugar will become thin caramel.
Water should be very hard; similar to Dortmund or Burton-on-trent. High level of Sulfates, Carbonates, and Salts
Wyeast 3787 and White Labs WLP 530 (both Westmalle Strains) should be added right away
Wyeast 1388 (Duvel) and White Labs 550 (Le Chouffe) should be added on day 3
Slurry from bottle of Westvleteren 8 added three weeks into fermentation when gravity falls below 1.025.
Fermentation started at 65 degrees. Temperature raised 2 degrees a day until it reached 85 degrees. Massive starters or starter beers used in all cases.