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End of Times

When the end of times comes and the Devil (Duvel) has risen, we shall sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Brewer: Christo Email: -
Beer: End of Times Style: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Type: All grain Size: 4.6 gallons
4 HCU (~4 SRM)
Bitterness: 30 IBU
OG: 1.077 FG: 1.005
Alcohol: 9.3% v/v (7.3% w/w)
Grain: 5.5 lb. Belgian Pilsner
5 lb. American 2-row
Mash: 75% efficiency
Batch sparge. Add 3.6 gallons to grist @ 146. Top w/ 0.5 gal of 168 water.
Drain and add additional 2.75 gallons @ 168.
Collect 5.75 gallons wort.
Add 1/4 gal invert mixture to boil.
Boil: 75 minutes SG 1.062 5.75 gallons
1 lb. 6 oz. Belgian candi sugar*
IM (SuperMoss) at 15 min.
*Add 1.5 lb of inverted sugar (in lieu of Belgian candi) at 30 minutes.
Make with 1L of water and 5mL lemon juice brought to boil.
Hops: 1.5 oz. Hallertauer (4.5% AA, 60 min.)
1 oz. Styrian Goldings (3.5% AA, 20 min.)
Yeast: 1388 from yeast cake from Biere de Table
Log: 21 days primary. 1st 3 days at 66F, then allowed to ramp to 74-76F in house for remainder. 35 day secondary at 74-76F.
Carbonation: 2.5 oz. of sugar in keg to naturally carbontate.
Tasting: @ rack, still quite hazy. Wonderful light fruits of pear, lemon, apple. A white pepper note as well. @ kegging it is beautifully crystal clear. Alcohol is slightly hot as it finished about .005 below what I thought it would (would probably come up on the mash temp a little bit next time). Malt is light, alcohol esters with light fruits add to sweet side but finishes very dry and on bitter side acentuated by the low gravity. Will enjoy this one over time to let it cool some more.

Update: @ tapping of keg after 4 more weeks of natural priming, this beer has turned out wonderfully balanced of the light fruits, pilsy malt, wisps of alcohol, slight peppery phenols and just a balancing of bittering hop. Wow! The End of Times can come now. I'm ready.

Recipe posted 06/18/10.