Here is a recipe for probably the best beer I have brewed to date. It is a Westveleteren abt 12 clone recipe that turned out awesome. To bad I don't have any more left. I think I am going to brew this one annually. A few months back I had the pleasure to do an on-line beer swap with a bunch of really great guys from the Burgundian Babble Belt website. We all sent each other one of our big belgian beers that we had brewed and we tasted them in 2 seperate sessions and critiqued each others brew. One of the guys that I got some feedback on my beer was none other than Stan Hieronymus, Author of "Brew Like A Monk". I thought it was great to be able to hear what Stan thought of my beer when his book is what inspired it to be brewed in the first place. This beer went over really well with everyone. I recieved some of the best homebrews I've ever tasted from some of these guys. One of them that I recieved was a Gold Medal winner at some big competition in Colorado I believe. If you are looking for a good recipe for Westy 12 clone, try this one and let me know what you think.
17.5 lb Dingemans Belgian Pilsner 1 lb Caramunich (belg) .44 lb Biscuit .31 lb Aromatic .25 lb Special B .19 lb Chocolate
Candi Sugar: 1 bottle of the Dark Candi Syrup(this is key, use the syrup) .25 Amber Rock Candi
Hops: 1.25 oz. Styrian Golding (60 min) .25 oz. Styrian Goldings (15 min) .25 oz. Haullertauer (15 min) .25 oz. Styrian Goldings (1 min) .25 oz. Haullertauer (1 min)
Yeast: WLP 530
Single infusion mash at 149 for 90 min. Mash out at 170 for 10-15 min. Sparge at 170. Boil for 60 minutes.
I am 33 years old I have been brewing for about 12 years now. I love all styles of beer but I have a serious obsession with Belgian Ales and sour beer. For all of you gmail users, I am always online and love chatting beer. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or ideas concerning brewing or my blog.