Batch 38: Dubbel or Nothin

My first dubbel, which will serve as a starter for next week’s beer (Christmas Quad and Pumpkin Dubbel), I present: Dubbel or Nothin

Copious notes taken (though not necessarily followed) on the topic of and recipes for Dubbels from Zymurgy and a smattering of HBT recipes 🙂

10# Pearl Malt (2-row)
1# Aromatic
1# CaraAroma
0.5# C60
1# D90 (10 minutes left)

1oz Northern Brewer (9.1% leaf) 60 minutes

whirlfloc @ 10 minutes


O.G. 1.070 @ ~80* 🙂 ~6 gallons taken

no water additions, but filtered tap water

used a reflectix jacket (double layered) around the BK, and used my faucet/screen for the first time!

Filled the 5-gallon red cooler with grain and mash liquor. First addition: 3.75 gal 163* water, in a few portions (3.25 gal, then .25 gal at a time from the stove). lots of dough balls to break up. Mash held steady for just over an hour at 147*. Checked conversion with iodine before sparge and lauter 🙂

drew off first runnings, added 2.1 gal boiling water to get to 170 (mash out), then added an additional 3 gal water at 170* to get to final volume.

Brewer’s friend’s efficiency calculator says I got 85% efficiency on this one!!!! Woohoo!!

UPDATE 8/4/14: Krausen has been high since Sunday morning, bubbling away in frothy Belgian goodness 🙂

UPDATE 9/1/14: FG 1.012 (8% ABV) strong banana nose, but less banana nose than a month ago! Little to no banana taste, let’s hope it ages well 🙂