This beer was meant to be. I went to the home brew store on Friday with no idea what I was brewing on Sunday. I looked at the base malts and the yeast available. The freshest things that caught my eye were WLP 530 Abbey Ale and WLP 800 Pilsener Lager. The Belgian pilsener malt was fresh so I went with the Abbey yeast. A couple ounces of Saaz and a couple of Hallertauer. I came home to find the latest issue of BYO. Whats the cover story? A feature article on brewing traitional Tripels. Sweet. Good reading will making sure the 2 L Erlenmeyer doesn't boil over.
Note: I was shooting for 1.081 original gravity. Two things happened. The lady at the homebrew store spilled some cracked malt going from a bucket into the bag. Then she added 4 more lbs. The spilled portion was probably mostly husks. Also I sparged really slow. I was concerned I'd be low on gravity. Good guess.
OG: 1.091-94 (Depends on whose refractometer calculator you use)
15 lbs - Belgian Pilsener Malt
2.5 lbs - Dixie Crystals Granulated Cane Sugar
131 F for 10 minutes
141 F for 40 minutes - raised by direct heat
153 F for 20 minutes - raised by direct heat
Could be the reason for the big jump in efficiency.
RO water from machine at grocery store. 4 grams each of SO4 and CaCL added to mash. 2 grams of SO4 added to Boil with 3 grams of CaCL.
1 oz - Hallertauer 85 mins
1 oz - Saaz 85 mins
.5 oz - Hallertauer 30 mins
.5 oz - Saaz 30 mins
WLP 530 Abbey Ale
1860 mL Starter, 1 tastey pint decanted.
Pitched at 62. Free Rise to 66. Raise 2 degrees a day for 3 days. Then temp control off.
This is my first time using my brand new chest freezer and Johnson controller. What a pain in the ass it tape the probe to the side of a better bottle with bubble wrap as insulation. Gotta figure out something better. Maybe I'll go the thermowell route.