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Belgian Blueberry Pale Ale

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No Cerveza HME in this one -- sorry Mexico, went with Canada this time.

 

Belgian Blueberry Pale Ale

 

Canadian Blonde HME, 1.87 lb.

Pale Ale malt, 1 lb.

Chateau Monastique, 0.25 lb.

CaraBelge, 0.25 lb.

CaraMunich Type 1, 0.18 lb.

Honey malt, 0.12 lb.

Oregon Blueberries, 15 oz.

Bramling Cross, 0.5 oz., 15 min.

Spalter Select, 0.5 oz., 5 min.

Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale M41 yeast

 

HME + mini-mash (60 min. @ 152 F)

Sparge with 3 cups hot water

30 min. boil

 

Add puréed blueberries following primary fermentation.

 

OG 1.052

IBU 28

SRM 8

 

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Yeah I used Canadian as the base for latest Saison. I have been interested in trying the Brambling Cross hop maybe next time I do Belgian. 

Next brew though is Baltic Porter. 

 

Curious about your process - it reads like you are adding HME then doing minimash with HME in already? Or am I confused?

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35 minutes ago, Nickfixit said:

Yeah I used Canadian as the base for latest Saison. I have been interested in trying the Brambling Cross hop maybe next time I do Belgian. 

Next brew though is Baltic Porter. 

 

Curious about your process - it reads like you are adding HME then doing minimash with HME in already? Or am I confused?

 

"HME + mini-mash" is just my way of categorizing the recipe.  I do the mini-mash, boil (sometimes w/added LME/DME), then the HME is always added at flame-out.  I'll take the opportunity to list my other self-defined categories:

 

HME + mini-mash (as described above).  I should call it 'Mini-mash + HME' to be more accurate.

Mostly grain (MG) = mash, with more than half the fermentables derived from grains/adjunct; recipes are without HME but do use LME/DME.

All Grain  

Partial mash = Mr. Beer partial mash recipes.

 

I really like doing the MG recipes as it allows for creativity, control and the opportunity to brew a really unique beer.

 

I know not all brewers make a distinction between 'mini-mash' vs 'partial mash', but I do.B)

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40 minutes ago, Nickfixit said:

I have been interested in trying the Brambling Cross hop maybe next time I do Belgian. 

 

 

I used Bramling Cross in the Port Barrel Aged Old Ale recipe but there are many flavors going on with that one so the hop presence was fairly subdued.  Hopefully BC will come through on this recipe.    

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