Kid just loves him some cows (komos) wrote,
Kid just loves him some cows

Northwest "Belgiwine"

As we were making plans for the CA, visit, Clay decided that we should brew, and that we should consider attempting to recreate the crazy Belgian Golden Ale that was one of our first joint projects. (Ok, truth be known, at that point, I was a spectator, still operating on a "Gee whiz!" level and not really having wrapped my mind around the whole brewing thing). The thing is, the recipe for the Golden has been lost to posterity since the record of what went into it were redeemed as part of a store promotion. Yes, our receipt was our recipe and our log.

At any rate, I started tinkering and decided to take a slightly different approach. Rather than a Belgian that was up-malted, I thought it would be interesting to craft an American barleywine that had some characteristics borrowed from the low country ales. It's light in color, richly malty, and hopped relatively conservatively with the thought of bringing out citrus overtones. I had hoped to score some orange-blossom honey, but the wildflower that we used brought a great aroma with it.

Category: Strong Ale
Recipe Type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 gal.
Volume Boiled: 6 gal.
Total Grain/Extract: 14.00 lbs.
Total Hops: 7.0 oz.
Calories (12 fl. oz.): 422.1
Cost to Brew: $52.50 (USD)
Cost per Bottle (12 fl. oz.): $0.98 (USD)

.5 lbs. Crystal Malt 20°L
.5 lbs. Belgian Cara-Pils
1 lbs. American 2-row
4 lbs. Alexanders Pale Liquid
6 lbs. Muntons Dry Extra Light
1 lbs. Candi Sugar Clear
1 lbs. Wildflower Honey
2 oz. Northern Brewer (Whole, 8.00 %AA) boiled 60 minutes.
3 oz. Cascade (Whole, 5.50 %AA) boiled 15 minutes.
2 oz. Cascade (Whole, 5.50 %AA) boiled 2 minutes.
1 ounce fresh orange peel from the tree in the back yard (not included in calculations)
Yeast: White Labs WLP510 Bastogne Belgian Ale Yeast

Vital Statistics
Original Gravity: 1.105
Terminal Gravity: 1.022
Color: 11.13 SRM
Bitterness: 70.6 IBU
Alcohol (%volume): 10.9 %

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