A traditional abbey-style Belgian ale with a thick mouth-feel, rich and complex flavour, and warming finish.
20 Litre Batch
Grainfather – All Grain
Est. ABV: 8%
Est. IBU’s: 21
Est. SG: 1.074
Est. FG: 1.012
MALTS FOR THE MASH:
5.5 kg German Pilsner
500g Aurora or Aromatic malt
300g Flaked Oats or Rolled Barley
500g Dark Belgian Candi Syrup (for the boil)
Add 19 litres of water to your Grainfather and insert inner basket, heat to 73°C. Add grain and stir well. Set temperature to 68°C, attach recirculation arm and recirculate for 60mins. Raise to 75°C and rest for 20 minutes. Raise basket and sparge with 10.5 litres of 75°C water to make a pre-boil volume of approximately 26 litres.
HOPS FOR THE BOIL (60 minute total):
35g Styrian Goldings (5.2% AA) (60min boil)
10g Styrian Goldings (5.2% AA) (10min boil)
1tsp Irish Moss/Whirlfloc (10min boil)
500g Dark Belgian Candi Syrup (0min boil)
Attach counter-flow chiller and chill the wort. Aerate well and start fermentation as close as possible to 20°C, preferably with Wyeast 1762 Belgian Abbey II, or Mangrove Jack’s M31 Belgian Tripel yeast. Optionally allow temperature to rise slightly over the course of fermentation to encourage ester production.
Tips for temperature control:
-Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
-Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter.
-Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water.
-Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant.
–Use a Brewing Thermostat and a fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.
Equipment needed for mead making:
– 4 Litre Pot
– Medium Funnel
– 2 x 5L Demijohns
– Bored Bung
– Solid Bung
-To make oak spirit use a 4-5 Litre wide neck glass jar, use around 200-300g of oak blocks or chips and 1 litre of vodka/neutral spirit. Soak for at least 14 days but the flavour intensifies the longer you leave the oak soaking. When ready, strain the oak out by passing it through filter wool in a funnel.