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2016-04-17 · Belgianoidin


Beer Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Batch Size:
Brew Type:
All Grain
Boil Duration:
Mash Type:
Single infusion (65°C, 60mins)
Mash Method:
Mash Size:
Chill Method:
No-Chill Cube
Original Gravity:
Final Gravity:



This batch is a quick attempt at brewing a Dark Belgian Strong Ale. I have decided to use Maris Otter in favor of "regular" Pale Ale Malt, add wheat for head retention, and Melanoidin for complexity. I had 80g of Acid Malt leftover from the Tiber's Premium Pils batch and added it to the mash. I wanted to use a little Special B Malt in this batch, but unfortunately the LHBS ran out, so they gave me a combination of 70g Cara 200 Malt and 30g Crystal Malt (can't remember color).

I pitched an 11g package of Danstar Abbaye yeast the following day. My measured OG was much, much lower than expected, at 1.060 intead of ~1.090. This is probably due to a combination of factors, such as the mash being too thick, the extract from the malt being lower than expected, or more realistically, I got the wrong amounts from the LHBS. Since this will make the beer much weaker than planned, I decided to add corn syrup to the beer on high krausen. I added around ~350g of Karo's Light Corn Syrup.

The beer turned out quite nice, and you could certainly feel the lactic acid from the acid malt.


Stage Ingredient Duration Quantity
Mash Maris Otter Malt 2600g
Wheat Malt 1200g
Melanoidin Malt 400g
Special B Malt* 100g
Acidulated Malt 80g
Boil Huell Melon (6%) 50mins (30mins)** 10g
Huell Melon (6%) 20mins (Transfer)** 20g
Fermentation Danstar Abbaye 11g
Go Ferm 13.75g

* My LHBS ran out of Special B, so instead gave me some combination of Cara 200 (70g) and some Crystal malt (30g)

** Hop additions adjusted to account for greater utilization due to using the no-chill method.

Water Profile

  • Source: Mey Eden
  • pH: 7.8
  • Adjustments:
    • Gypsum: 0.9g
    • Calcium Chloride: 0.5g
Calcium Magnesium Sodium Potassium Sulfate Chloride Bicarbonate
Original 26ppm 18ppm 32ppm 3.5ppm 6ppm 24ppm 198ppm
Adjusted 63ppm 18ppm 32ppm 3.5ppm 62ppm 48ppm 0ppm


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