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En Garde!

This beer had wonderful tones of orange and spice and ended up with an incredible final gravity of 1.003 without giving too much of an alcoholic nature.

Brewer: Derek Almashy/Patrick Crabtree Email: crabtre@GZIS.COM
Beer: En Garde! Style: Bière de Garde
Type: Partial mash Size: 6 gallons
16 HCU (~10 SRM)
Bitterness: 20 IBU
OG: 1.069 FG: 1.003
Alcohol: 8.5% v/v (6.6% w/w)
Grain: .5 lb. Belgian Pilsner
.5 lb. Belgian biscuit
1 lb. American crystal 40L
Mash: 70% efficiency
Did a partial mash by heating three quarts of water to 175 degrees. Moved water to a cold pot and mashed in grains (in a grain bag) at 164 degrees. Mashed for 45 mins at temps of 150-156 degrees. Drained off initial runnings into boil kettle and then sparged with three quarts of 170 degree water. Drained second runnings into boil kettle. This is not a perfect way to do a mash, but works in a pinch.
Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.063 6.5 gallons
7 lb. 5 oz. Light malt extract
2 lb. Belgian candi sugar
Added 1 tsp Irish Moss at 15 mins left on the boil. Added 1 oz ground Coriander and 1 oz Sweet Orange Peel at end of boil. Steeped Coriander and Orange for 15 mins prior to cooling.
Hops: 1 oz. Styrian Goldings (4.2% AA, 60 min.)
1 oz. Saaz (3.4% AA, 35 min.)
Yeast: Wyeast 3725 Biere De Gard - from a 2 pint starter in growler
Log: Brewed 3/18/2007 - racked to primary (stainless semi-conical)
Drew off yeast from primary 3/29/2007
Kegged 4/4/2007 - FG 1.003 (Yep, really!)
Tasting: Orange and Spice so far...

Recipe posted 03/18/07.