Golden Days

Belgian Golden Strong Ale

This is a 2004 BJCP style 18d beer.

Recipe: Duvel Clone recipe from Steve McKenna
Volume: 5 gallons

Activity Log

Yeast Starter:

About 24 hours before the brew, boiled 4 ounces of DME in 4 cups of water in a 2 liter flask and let cool. Shook to aerate, pitched yeast, fitted stopper and airlock and placed at 75 f.


Added gypsum to 4 gallons of water in 7 gallon pot with Bazooka T-screen and heated to 168 f. Stirred in grain and added cool water to obtain 149 f. Let rest for 90 minutes then added boiling water and heat to bring temperature to 158 f. Let rest for 25 minutes then added boiling water and heat to mash out at 169 f. Recirculated until clear with spigot open 30 degrees. Rinsed with 170 f water until 7 gallons of run-off was obtained.


Boiled through break then added first hops. Boiled 70 minutes then added second hops and irish moss. Boiled for 15 more minutes then added third hops. Boiled for 5 more minutes then removed from heat. Cooled through counterflow chiller into primary carboy. Took specific gravity reading of 1.068. Rocked on folded towel to aerate, pitched yeast from starter, fitted with stopper and airlock and placed at 75f.


Observations of primary stage Observations of secondary stage Bottling:

Boiled 4 ounces of corn sugar in 2 cups of water. Cooled and added to bottling bucket. Siphoned 2.3 gallons from carboy into bottling bucket. Filled and capped 22 12 ounce bottles. Siphoned remainder from carboy into keg. Pressurized to 30 lbs/sq in of CO2 and placed in fridge. Took specific gravity reading of 1.011 which puts ABV at 9.3%.

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