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Old 04-10-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Drunken Monk Quadrupel - NHC Gold Medal

This beer won me a gold medal in this year's NHC competition so thought I'd post the recipe and method here. It is based on a popular Rochefort 8 clone, though it turned out little like the original I am pretty happy with the result.

Drunken Monk

Recipe Specs
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Batch Size (L): 20.5
Total Grain (kg): 7.34
Total Hops (g): 74
Original Gravity (OG): 1.078
Final Gravity (FG): 1.012
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 8.7 %
Colour (SRM): 30
Bitterness (IBU): 24
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 65
Boil Time (Minutes): 90

Grain Bill
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5.000 kg Pilsner (68%)
0.750 kg Caramunich II (10%)
0.600 kg Cane Sugar (8%)
0.370 kg Candi Sugar, Dark (5%)
0.250 kg Flaked Corn (3.5%)
0.250 kg Special-B (3.5%)
0.120 kg Carafa Special (2%)

Hop Bill
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40.0 g Fuggles Leaf (4.8% AA) @ 90 Minutes (Boil)
24.0 g Hersbrucker Leaf (1.6% AA) @ 30 Minutes (Boil)
10.0 g Hersbrucker Leaf (1.6% AA) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)

Misc Bill
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10.0 g Crushed Coriander Seed @ 5 Minutes (Boil)

Notes
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Single step Infusion at 64°C for 120 Minutes
Fermented with Wyeast 1762 - Belgian Abbey II with 2L starter
Pitched at 19°c and allowed to rise naturally to 24°c then held there for 3 weeks
Primed to 2.8 vol CO2
Water profile: Ca 82, Mg 7, Na 37, So4 83, Cl 83, Bicarb 207

When I brew this again, a few tweaks I'll make are:
1. Increase the sugar percentage and mash at 63°c to lower the fg
2. Keep the fermentation temp a bit lower for a couple of days before ramping it up, to control esters
3. Increase carbonation a little, maybe around 3.2 vol
4. Reduce the caramunich and special b a little
5. Increase the coriander seed


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Sounds lovely Steve, and congrats on the gold medal


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Was that in the National homebrew competition?
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Sounds lovely Steve, and congrats on the gold medal ���
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Was that in the National homebrew competition?
It was the Irish national competition in March, the biggest homebrew comp in Europe, as they like to say
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Congratulations on the gold medal. It looks like a great recipe.

My only Belgian style brew so far topped out at 7% which was enough for me but it might be fun to do something even stronger. I'd have to get some small bottles though.
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Ah excellent, I'll enter that one next year too then. Thanks Steve.
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Ah excellent, I'll enter that one next year too then. Thanks Steve.
You'll find the details on that here.


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