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Lion's Share | Strong Ale

Original batch brewed with Falcon members Dave and Courtney Lopez a few weeks before my son was born in 2012. Recipe has remain unchanged across subsequent batches, winning Blue Ribbons in Strong Ale category at LA County Fair two years in a row (2012, 2013) and Silver Medal in Imperial Anything category at Doug King 2013. Highest score was a 40 from a BJCP certified judge (too generous I think). The biscuit malt plays really well with the Simcoe/Amarillo combination and the Denny's Favorite yeast leaves it full-bodied, chewy, yet not cloyingly sweet while balanced with the high IBUs from resiny hops.
Brewed By: 
Drew Sams & Malcolm Edwards
Brew Date: 
Brew Type: 
Beer Styles: 
Classic Style: 
American Strong Ale
Recipe Category: 
Batch Size: 
5.0 gallons
Boil Time: 
90 minutes
Original Gravity: 
1.090 O.G.
Final Gravity: 
1.026 F.G.
8.6% ABV
80.0 IBUs
25.0 SRM

16 lbs US 2-Row (66.7%)
5.5 lbs Belgian Biscuit (22.9%)
1.5 lbs UK Medium Crystal (6.2%)
10 oz German Wheat Malt (2.6%)
6oz US Roasted Barley (1.6%)

Mashing Instructions: 

Mash in grains to 8 gallons of Burton-on-Trent adjusted water.
Mash at 151F for 60min
Raise to 171F and mash out
Sparge with 171F to reach pre-boil volume of 7.5 gallons
Begin 90 min boil


1oz Simcoe (60)
1oz Amarillo (60)
1oz Simcoe (20)
1oz Amarillo (20)
1oz Simcoe (10)
1oz Amarillo (10)
1oz Simcoe (0)
1oz Amarillo (0)

*Bagged Pellet Hops*

Extra Ingredients: 

Whirfloc tablet (20 min)


2L starter of Wyeast - Denny's Favorite (1450)

Special Instructions / Notes: 

68F internal fermentation temp (increase temp if you want more complex esters)
1 month primary
1 week cold crash
Keg (or bottle)

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