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This Belgian Style IPA recipe is the second recipe our friends Luis & Sarah have made for us, make sure to check out their first recipe if you haven’t! A Belgian Style IPA is a unique kind of beer that combines the funkiness of a Belgian beer with the crispness of an IPA. If you’re a fan of Trappist ales and hoppy beers, you’ll definitely like this recipe.
This recipe is for a 3 gallon batch using a Clawhammer Supply 10 Gallon 120 Volt BIAB system. Watch Luis use it in the video below.
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Fill your kettle with 4.5 gallons (17 liters) of water and heat it to 150°F (65.5°C).
The grain bill for this recipe is:
- Belgian Pilsner - 6.31 lbs (100.96 oz)
- Vienna Malt - 1.31 lbs (20.96 oz)
- Biscuit Malt - 2.68 lbs (42.88 oz)
- Victory Malt - 2.68 lbs (42.88 oz)
Make sure to crush your grain really fine for maximum efficiency
Once your 4.5 gallons (17 liters) of water is heated to 150°F (65.5°C) mash in and recirculate for 1 hour.
After a 1 hour mash, pull the grain basket and turn your temp up to start a boil. This recipe calls for a 1 hour boil. During the boil, add the following ingredients.
60 Minutes - .5 oz of Mosaic
10 Minutes - 1.25 oz of Cascade
10 Minutes - 1 Whirlfloc Tablet
Flameout - 1.31 lbs (20.96 oz) of sugar
At the end of your 60 minute boil, chill your wort to 170°F (76.7°C) for a whirlpool addition. Once you’re at whirlpool temp add the following for 30 minutes.
1.25 oz of El Dorado
1 oz of Mosaic
Yeast & Fermentation
After a 30 minute whirlpool chill your wort to 70°F (21.1°C) and pitch Belgian Ale A OYL-024 yeast from Omega Yeast. We recommend making a starter or using two packs. Luis used one pack and noted that the starting gravity of the beer was technically too high for 1 pack of yeast.
Ferment at room temp (around 70°F) for 1 week. Luis keg conditioned this beer. In order to do that, add ⅔ cup (156 ML) sugar with 2 cups (473.2 ML) of water to your keg and let it prime for 1 week.
One of the first things Luis noted when he poured this beer was the haziness of it. He wished he had fined the beer with gelatin or cold crashed it before serving. The aroma of the beer had caramel notes along with the unique aroma of a Belgian ale. The flavor was slightly sweet and slightly bitter and tasted like a traditional Belgian IPA. With an ABV of just under 9%, we recommend pairing this with a hearty meal, something like steak and potatoes if that’s your thing.