Eureka, its time for another recipe. This one is a bit different compared to all the other recipes. From time to time my brother and I brew a batch together. And there are some times were my brother makes one on his own. My brother really likes Belgian Tripels and especially the one from Westmalle. So he decided one day to try to brew a Tripel on his own. We grabbed a beer and designed a Tripel recipe and below is what we got at the end. You might have wondered about the name of the beer already. Johan Gielis is a Belgian engineer, mathematician and entrepreneur. One particular thing he found out is the superformula which can be used to describe different symmetries. There is no story “how we came up with this name”. Another interesting fact about this recipe can be found below.
|Numbers:||Volume [L]||25 (6.6 gal)|
|Color||Around 13 EBC|
|Grains:||Pilsner Malt (4 EBC)||6.9 kg|
|Wheat Malt (4 EBC)||0.12 kg|
|Munich Malt 1 (14.5 EBC)||0.2 kg|
|Dark candy sugar (425 EBC)||0.2 kg (added to the boil)
|Table sugar||0.6 kg (added to the boil)|
|Hops:||Styrian Goldings (6,1% AA)||75 g and boil for 60 min|
|Saazer (3.5% AA)||24 g and boil for 5 min|
|Yeast:||#3787 Trappist High Gravity|
|Water:||Burgdorf||Mash: 20 L (5.3 gal), sparge: 30 L (7.9 gal) @78°C (172°F)|
|Rest:||2 steps||Mash in @66°C (151°F), 60 min @ 66°C (151°F), 10 min @ 78°C (172°F)|
|Boil:||Total 75 min|
|Fermentation:||Primary||7 days @ 18°C (64°F) in a plastic bucket|
|Secondary||14 days @ 18°C (64°F) in a plastic bucket|
|Maturation:||Carbonation (CO2 vol)||2 (114 g table sugar to 28 L of beer)|
09/17/2011: Brew day. It seems that all went according to plan. Both sugars were added at the end of the boil. Then pitched a #3787 Trappist High Gravity yeast that came straight out of a previous batch. The beer was racked in a secondary fermenter after seven days.
10/16/2011: Bottled the beer to 2 vol of carbon dioxide with some table sugar. Then left the bottles carbonate at 18°C (64°F) for 14 days and store the bottles at 15°C (59°F) since.
03/17/2012: My brother and I decided to enter each one beer at a homebrew competition this year and so we did. By the way our first competition ever. My brother chose to enter his Gielis Tripel, and I went with an Imperial Stout recipe. There are only two homebrew competitions in Switzerland every year. One is held by a homebrew supplier called SIOS, and another one held by the Swiss Homebrew Society (SHS). So we decided to enter our beers at the SIOS Trophy 2012. There were a total of twelve categories and a total of 131 beers entered. After two tasting rounds, the winners were announced. My brother won a first prize in the Abbey beer category (Klosterbier in German) with his Gielis Tripel which had exactly the same points as another beer. So the first prize was shared with another brewer. Congratulations to the other brewer for his Abbey beer (will not mention the brewers name to keep his privacy). Only the best beer in each category gets a Trophy (bottle in Fig 3). This was my brothers second batch ever… and already a first price! So the recipe above is an award-winning one! And my brother is an award-winning brewer already. That’s pretty cool. Now I know that at least one of us can brew really great beers. What about my Imperial Stout? I will tell you about that in another post soon.
I will post the tasting notes (tasting panel from the competition and my own) in another post. Stay tuned!