Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

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Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby serum » Tue Mar 31, 2015 09:52

Here are two tried and tested recipes of mine that turned out to be two of the best brews I'd done once they'd aged enough.

I've not put down a specific yeast to use because you can actually use anything you like. I went with some yeast from bottles of Duvel with a 1.5L stir plate starter for each and fermented between 18-20C to lower the esters.

It took 3 weeks to ferment like this but it's in line with style guidance. You can use a neutral yeast or something with a bit of fruitiness. in hindsight Duvel yeast is a bit too spicy but the malt flavour was great. Ive heard Kolsch yeast works very well in this sort of brew. Another angle is to use a saison yeast which will dry it out more.

What you're looking for is a malty flavour at the outset which gives way to dryness and just enough spicy hop flavour to linger on. You don't see this style often in the UK but it's fast becoming a favourite of mine.

Here goes:

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BLOND:
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5kg Pilsner Malt
1kg Munich Malt
0.5kg Flaked Wheat
200g Aromatic Malt

Mash at 64C for 75 mins

90 minute boil:
40g Brewer's Gold (7.5%AA) @ 60 min
20g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (1.3% AA) @ 20 min
700g Sugar @ 20 mins
1/2 protofloc tablet @ 20 mins

1.5L yeast starter - see note above

OG: 1.075
IBU: 25.8
Target ABV: 8.5%

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AMBER:
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5kg Munich malt
1kg Pilsner malt
500g Flaked wheat
300g Aromatic malt
100g Biscuit malt

Mash at 64C for 75 mins

90 min boil
40G Brewer's gold (7.3 AA) @ 60 mins
40g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (1.3 AA) @ 20 mins
350g White sugar & 350g Molasses sugar @ 15 mins

Enjoy!

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby brugen » Fri Apr 10, 2015 21:45

serum,

How long would you recommend bottling for before drinking?

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby serum » Sat Apr 11, 2015 16:47

brugen wrote:serum,

How long would you recommend bottling for before drinking?

Thanks

brugen


The blond took about 3 months to reach its best. The amber tasted better sooner but still seemed to benefit from aging.

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby brugen » Sat Apr 11, 2015 17:09

Thanks, serum

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby liamtmt7 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 18:21

Are the recipes for 23L brews?
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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby serum » Sat Apr 11, 2015 22:11

liamtmt7 wrote:Are the recipes for 23L brews?


Yes somewhere thereabouts. I got about 21-22L but my boiler has a fair bit of dead space

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby jkp » Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:45

Hi Serum

Do you have any updated on this style? Particularly the best yeast to use? I've got some MJ French Saison, and also the White labs Belgian blend wlp575. Any good?

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby serum » Fri Aug 26, 2016 19:11

I did some similar brews with Wlp011 last year which is a clean German ale yeast and I think it was one of my best ever. A kolsch yeast would also be good i think.

I dont know what the mj French saison is like but the wyeast one would be too dry I think.

I'm not sure what's in the Belgian blend you've got. That might be good in the dark recipe. It won't taste like Biere de garde but it'll be a good strong amber Belgian beer, which is really what my amber with duvel yeast tasted like now i think about it.

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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby rlemkin » Sat Aug 27, 2016 00:04

Definitely on the to brew list. I want to brew a grisette or patersbier, but this would probably be more interesting..
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Re: Blond and Amber Biere de Garde

Postby serum » Sat Aug 27, 2016 14:05

Here are my newer recipes which came out really well:

AMBER:

Est OG: 1.061
Est FG: 1.011
IBU: 23.6
Colour: 24 EBC
ABV: 6.5%
Yeast: WLP011 European Ale

Mash: 75 mins @ 64C

5kg Weyermann Munich type 1
1kg Dingemans Pilsner
200g Dingemans Aromatic
40g Weyermann Carafa I

Boil: 90 mins

30g Fuggles 3.2%AA @ 60 mins
30g Brewers Gold 3.76%AA @60 mins
20g Hallertau Hersbrucker 2%AA @ 20 mins

BLOND

Est OG: 1.065
Est FG: 1.013
IBU: 27.8
Est ABV: 6.7%
Yeast: WLP011 European Ale

Mash: 75 mins @ 64C

3.5kg Pilsner
3kg Vienna
200g Wheat
20g Carafa I

Fly sparge with 1.5L of first wort boiled down during sparge.

Boil: 90 mins

65g Brewer's Gold (3.7% AA) @ 60 mins
20g Tettnang (2.3% AA) @ 20 mins
30g Tettnang (2.3% AA) @ 5 mins

Fermented at 17-18C

BIERE DE MARS

Est OG: 1.065
Est IBU: 25.5
Est FG: 1.010
Est ABV: 7.3%
Colour: 13.9 EBC
Style: Biere de Garde
Yeast: WLP011 European Ale

Mash - 75 Mins @ 65C

3kg Dingemans Pilsner
2kg Dingemans Wheat
1kg Weyerman Munich I
20g Carafa Special I

Fly Sparge & Boil 1.3L of first wort to a thick syrup

Boil - 90 mins

60g Brewers Gold (3.8%AA) - 60 mins
12g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (2% AA) - 20 mins
350g White sugar - 15 mins
20g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (2% AA) - 5 mins

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