Sunday, August 7, 2011

Belgian Trippel Bottling

I know I know im thinking the same thing, it has been along time since the last post.  Well when you brew around 100 gallons of beer in just over a month it tends to wear you out.  That's what all the of the Hop Heaven crew did to pull off Maifest 2011.  The hot weather here in KC hasn't helped with the brewing schedule either!!  It has been in the upper 90s or 100 for what seems like the whole summer.

I brewed a Belgian Trippel back in November and just got around to bottling it.  I normally keg all my brews but I like my Belgian styles bottle conditioned.  I think it brings out something in the beer that kegging eliminates.  I normally bottle in 750ml bottles, 22oz bombers or 16oz flip top bottles.  The 16oz flip tops are bottles that I bought from a WWII veteran that lives in Leavenworth.  I was scouring Ebay one day looking for some cheap flip top bottles when I stumbled across these bottles.  There were (4) cases of bottles he brought back from Germany during WWII.  They are in the plastic cases and they had the original labels on them when I received them.  He was planning to brew his own beer and bottle them in these bottles.  He never actually used them once he returned and they have been in his basement every since.  I bottled some of the beer in a case of the German flip tops and the rest in a case of 1 liter flip tops.  Here is the recipe below if your interested in brewing this for yourself.  It is a simple recipe as far as the grain bill goes but you wouldn't know it from tasting it.  The recipe is posted below for your enjoyment!!  Cheers!!

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 12.00 gal      
Boil Size: 15.38 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated Color: 4.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 34.8 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
24 lbs        Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)             Grain        81.36 %       
8.0 oz        Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM)                  Grain        1.69 %        
1.00 oz       Tradition [6.90 %]  (60 min)              Hops         11.9 IBU      
1.50 oz       Tradition [7.50 %]  (60 min)              Hops         19.5 IBU      
1.50 oz       Glacier [6.50 %]  (10 min)                Hops         3.4 IBU       
5 lbs         Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)           Sugar        16.95 %       
2 Pkgs        Trappist High Gravity (Wyeast Labs #3787) Yeast-Wheat                

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion
Total Grain Weight: 24.50 lb
Single Infusion, Light Body
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp     
75 min        Mash In            Add 8.17 gal of water at 160.7 F    150.0 F       
10 min        Mash Out           Add 3.95 gal of water at 210.3 F    168.0 F       

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