Archive for the ‘Belgian Special B’ Category

Batch 25: Dark Forest (Porter? Brown Ale?)

I wanted to make this in the style of a Baltic Porter … but it came out a bit too light (might not even count as a porter, maybe rather a brown ale), and a Baltic Porter is traditionally a lager (I’m not lagering yet), so let’s just call this Beer. My original recipe had […]

Batch 24: Pixelated Pumpkin Ale

Last time I did this, I put the pumpkin in the boil. This time, I’m trying the pumpkin in the mash. All else should be equal regarding ingredients! I broke my hydrometer brewing batch 25, so I couldn’t measure the final gravity of this delicious beer, but I’m assuming it’s around 8-8.5% ABV Brewed September […]

Batch 22: Holly Ale Redux

This past week, Dan and Drew were  complete heroes in caring for Zachary as we welcomed the arrival of Lillian. Thank you for your awesomeness. While Drew was here, he helped me brew another batch of the celebrated Holly Ale, explored in Batch 7 and Batch 10, and originating with jmo88 on This […]

Batches 13/14: Partigyle – Imperial IPA and a Porter

I’ve been reading about Partigyle brewing and I want to give it a shot. I’m brewing 2.5 gallons of an Imperial IPA, then 5 gallons of a Porter. I planned the grain bill for a 7.5 gallon, 1.060 FG beer, with the understanding that this would give me a <strong OG> 2.5 gallon first running, […]

Batch 11: Dark Forest Stout

Dark given that it’s black as night, forest given that I’ve used a rather healthy serving of Northern Brewer hops (for a stout) which are purported to have a piney resinous flavor and/or aroma, and stout because it doesn’t seem (after consulting BJCP) that it’s any form of porter, even though that’s what I originally […]

Batch 10: Belgian Holly Ale/Winter Warmer

Doing a second batch of jmo88’s holly ale from This time, I’m going to use a belgian yeast (WLP530), and I’m using the original grain bill proposed (instead of doing an extract batch), with slightly different quantities (probably negligible) due to the portions that my LHBS sells in: 13# pale 2-row 0.5# crystal 60 […]

Batch 9: Dogfish Pumpkin Clone

variation on this recipe: brewed Saturday 9/1/2012 carmelized canned pumpkin – spread into a baking pan, cooked at 350* for 1 hour SG (first 2.5 gallons): 1.059 (corrected from 1.042 at 148*) SG (second 1.5 gallons): 1.044 (corrected from 1.026 at 150*) OG: 1.071 !? (after cooling, measured before pitching yeast, suspecting it’s artifically high […]

Batch 7: Holly Ale/Winter Warmer

At the behest of Sarah, and certainly not begrudgingly, this batch is a winter warmer 🙂 Sarah asked for orange, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla, and I happened upon this recipe: Just in case that post or the site ever goes away, here’s the recipe (with minor changes that I made): Recipe Type: Partial Mash (the […]