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12% Belgian Tripel

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This takes a lot of making, but is so worth it!
I have to ration myself to a 330ml bottle a day.
Many ingredients are probably swappable, this is my choice.
Don't even think of going near the spice rack, this beer develops it's flavour from it's long mashing.
5 Kg Crisp Europils malt
.5Kg Wyermann Carapils malt
.5 Kg Ireks Crystal Maple malt
Now the long mash,turning up the boiler as you go.
15 litres of strike water
15" @ 35°C
15" @ 50°C
15" @ 55°C
30" @ 62°C
60" @ 64°C
Drain, should be around 9 litres at around 1.090
Pour 12 litres of water into the boiler
30" @ 77°C
Drain, or lift grain basket,Pour through the grain 3.5 litres boiling water.
You should now have around 22.5 litres of wort at around 1.056
Boil for 90".
Hop schedule;
90" add 50g cascade
60" add 50g Saaz
30" add 10g Citra
30" add 10g Bavarian Mandarine
10" Profloc or Carrageen.
Cool and drain onto 1Kg Light Belgian Candy sugar or inverted sugar.
It should now be around 1.104
Pitch Danstar Abbaye Belgian yeast.
Ferment @ 20°C
It should be ready to rack to secondary 5 days later @ around 1.012.
It probably will not go lower. Give it 2 or 3 days to settle a bit.
Bottle around 14 litres with no more than 100g priming sugar.
Leave at room temp. for a couple of weeks.
Chill a bottle and realise it was worth all the effort.:beer:
And it just gets better with time. :D



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WOW ED that sounds like a very enjoyable sippin' beer.
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I like the sound of that!!!

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A strong, clear Lager/not Lager type that you can really get your teeth into, and tickle your taste buds along the way.
A can of Fosters it is not!

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Guess what my next brew is?

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Stout maybe?
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Nope, bottled a Stout this evening, if it is as good as hoped, I will post the recipe in a couple of weeks.
I have just enough empty bottles for another brew of this Belgian tripel.
I feel another social media shout out for empty bottles coming on! :D

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I have 2-3 dozen (maybe more) brown, clean, delabelled glass bottles. Foc... But the problem is getting them to you.
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Thanks for the thought :)
It seems that a few beer drinkers of my acquaintance are not very efficient at recycling, and have garages full of good intentions!
More to the point, I have to go back to the supplier of crates you told me about mash.
I am fast becoming a regular customer.

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Lol. They are good crates. The milk creates are better for high density storage. I keep 144 bottles (4 recipes) rolling but the temptation too make more is incredible.

Are you recycling crown caps?
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Yes, the crown caps go around and around.
Branded ones from bought beer, appear to last longer than ones from a HBS, which seem prone to rust!

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Hi easydrinker,

I seen you mentioned a stout recipe in the shout out thread, just wondering if you could share it? Also interested in a IPA or bitter recipe if you have any? Want to have a crack at a gallon at a time.

Cheers Conan

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Easydrinker wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:12 am
Yes, the crown caps go around and around.
Branded ones from bought beer, appear to last longer than ones from a HBS, which seem prone to rust!

Robert.
So pleased you mentioned the quality / rust thing. I thought it was me. Tbh most homebrew guys think I am nuts for even recycling them.
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Conan the librarian wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:22 pm
Hi easydrinker,

I seen you mentioned a stout recipe in the shout out thread, just wondering if you could share it? Also interested in a IPA or bitter recipe if you have any? Want to have a crack at a gallon at a time.

Cheers Conan
Gotta ask... Why buy the gallon? Seems a very small quantity fir something that takes 6 weeks to finish.
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Hi mash,

Until I can get a man cave it will be difficult storing 40+ bottles plus I won't need to buy and store all the equipment needed and I can brew various styles more often.

Conan

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Can see that. I gallon recipes will be hard though.

All grain is a faff. Takes up a good sized kitchen, (without a beer machine) for most of the day.... For 8 pints :shock:

If I put new batteries in my crystal ball, I can foresee you getting pissed at it. Which would be a shame.

You will also struggle with recipes. They just don't come that size and don't scale linearly.

The smallest beer machine ever is 2 gallon. And IME many times people don't stick with it.

I make anything and everything yeasty. An AG beer is the most time consuming per bottle.

Let's come up with a better plan, cos I am definitely not trying to put you off!

Kegs?
Kits?
Brew shed first?

You can pm me if you prefer ?
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I have been having a look at these

https://www.brewstore.co.uk/small-batch ... -brew-kits

I understand what your saying regarding effort and it is a fair point. Was just looking to dip my toe in before jumping in. SWMBO may also have an opinion on my venture :lol: but she may be persuaded if the product is of a high quality.

To be honest I do have most of the equipment needed for a full scale mash but would need a few bits like a mash tun which I don't think would be to hard to make. I have a couple of plastic wilko kegs which I was never really happy with when I brewed beer though so would need to replace them (could you recommend any?).

Before I talk myself into full scale all grain beer what do you think to the link posted above? Thanks for taking time to coming back to me.

Conan

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Conan the librarian wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:32 am
I have been having a look at these

https://www.brewstore.co.uk/small-batch ... -brew-kits

I understand what your saying regarding effort and it is a fair point. Was just looking to dip my toe in before jumping in. SWMBO may also have an opinion on my venture :lol: but she may be persuaded if the product is of a high quality.

To be honest I do have most of the equipment needed for a full scale mash but would need a few bits like a mash tun which I don't think would be to hard to make. I have a couple of plastic wilko kegs which I was never really happy with when I brewed beer though so would need to replace them (could you recommend any?).

Before I talk myself into full scale all grain beer what do you think to the link posted above? Thanks for taking time to coming back to me.

Conan
You'd be amazed how little equipment you actually need.
I never used a mash tun. Get a plastic barrel (the type you ferment in), get the water up to a set temp, add grain and wrap it in a duvet for the mash time (I also used one of those foil runners blankets). You may lose a degree or 2 over the mash but worked well enough for me.

The John Wright River Cottage booze book has a really good budget "beginners guide" to all grain.

That setup has done me for a few years, although I'm currently waiting on delivery of my new shiny robobrew :D


ETA: Those 4.5l kits are fine and you'll still be doing basic all grain brewing. The point is it's a lot harder to scale down a recipe (like this one) to that volume.
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I think your link looks promising, but you would be doing the same amount of work, as making a full batch.
And at the minimum price I saw in your link, the beer costs at least £2.20 a litre.
I failed to make some posts last night,don't know why they failed, will put them up after this one.
Some concern the Stout I just made, possibly the most expensive beer that I have made.
I costed it out, all ingredients came to £14.63 and produced 24 litres, 60p a litre.
By all means try a brewstore small batch while you organise something bigger.

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This Stout has only been in the bottle a week, so I was sitting on it.
You have prompted me to open a bottle.
It has started carbonating, but thus far cannot hold it's head for long.
The taste is pretty good..
Scoot on over to the recipe section to see how It was made.

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This should have appeared last night...
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Conan the librarian wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:32 am
I have been having a look at these
https://www.brewstore.co.uk/small-batch ... -brew-kits
Nice idea, but a stunning price. I do a cacade ale 'all in' price is £9.25 - 25p per bottle. 40 bottles.

Conan the librarian wrote:
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Before I talk myself into full scale all grain beer ...
No need let us help! :beer: DorsetScott has the right idea. I started off with a cooler box as a mash tun for many brews. Soak it with a kettle full of boiling water, to clean and preheat then away you go.
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Brew Your Own British Real Ale by Graham Wheeler.

Simply to understand and packed with appropriate recipes.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Camra- ... =8-1-fkmr1
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Hahaha I knew this would happen! :lol:

I am going to have a good think about this and see what SWMBO has to say on it. I think any chance I have will depend on kegging it to save space. Thanks for the help guy's ( I think :D )
I actually have that book and was reading it last week which sparked my curiosity.

Thanks again

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Glad that we have got you pondering!
I have replied to your PM.

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Graham wheeler. Got me started. Think it is page 174 that's old speckled hen. Brewed bloody gallons of that. The 19l recipes keg nicely.

There is a reason "brew in a bag " is so popular. Tis much easier. Get a bag. REALLY!

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 1724864636

Providing it is covered up beer keeps outside for most of the year. I have a mate who keeps his in a garden box.
Google "garden box storage"
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