AG#11 Broadford Belgian Pale Ale

I needed to fit a brew in so I could take part in the Beer Ritz /Copper Dragon competition, Operation Remix, co-arranged and blogged by Ghost Drinker.  I have the crappy weather to thank for brewing today, but you won’t hear me complaining!  I had a four-year old brew assistant up until the boil, and he’s starting to learn the basics… he still can’t make me a cup of coffee but we’ll get there.

The competition guidelines state that the brewer must choose one of Copper Dragon’s flagship beers, use the specified ingredients and either brew a clone, or remix it!  I opted for Golden Pippin, which is 100% Maris Otter pale malt and hopped with Cascade and Columbus.  I didn’t much fancy brewing a clone, so decided on a Belgian remix, using Trappist Ale yeast and will be dry hopped.  By my standards this is something of an experimental brew, so decided on a 11L brew length. I’m not keen on the idea of 40 pints of ‘weird’ beer, although I’m hoping that I will be kicking myself for not brewing a full 23L.  Here’s the recipe:

AG#11 Golden Pippin Celebration Ale (Belgian Pale Ale)

Original Gravity (OG): 1.051 (°P): 12.6
Final Gravity (FG): 1.010 (°P): 2.6
Alcohol (ABV): 5.34 %
Colour (SRM): 5.5 (EBC): 10.8
Bitterness (IBU): 31.1 (Average)

100% Maris Otter Malt

Cascade (5.7% Alpha) @ 30 Minutes (Boil)
Cascade (5.7% Alpha) @ 20 Minutes (Boil)
Cascade (5.7% Alpha) @ 10 Minutes (Boil)
Cascade (5.7% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)
Columbus (14.2% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Aroma)
Columbus (14.2% Alpha) @ 3 Days (Dry Hop)

Single step Infusion at 66°C for 60 Minutes. Boil for 60 Minutes.

Fermented at 18°C with WLP500 – Trappist Ale (cropped from my previous brew)

HLT switched on at 10.30am for a reasonably early start.  Strike temp of 73C and 5.5L liquor for 2.20kg grain.  Mashed in at 66C and lost 3C over 60 mins, probably due to the mash tun being so empty.

Sparged at 85C, 11.0L liquor.  Collected 14.0L wort (pre boil) at specific gravity (SG) of 1.040.

First hop addition of UK Cascade added at 30 minutes.  Second addition of UK Cascade 20 minutes, third at 10 mins and fourth at 5 mins.  Added a protofloc tablet at 15 minutes, and Columbus hops at flame out (electricity off).  I really wanted to make the most of the aroma properties of both hops.

Collected 10L of wort post boil with SG of 1.050.  Cooled to 18C and pitched my WLP500 yeast (I added some of the cooled wort to the starter and aerated before pitching).

A couple of things with this brew:

  • 100% Maris Otter with a Belgian yeast may end up very dry! However, as per the Golden Pippin spec I could not use sugar.
  • I’m not entirely sure how my hop choice will get along with the banana that will most likely come through in the final beer from the yeast.  Could be interesting.
  • I used UK Cascade rather than the specified Cascade.  I can’t see this being a huge issue and as these were to hand then they seemed like the sensible thing to use.

More photos of the brewday here.

Updated: 08/05/2012

FG 1.009 making the beer 5.38%

Will bottle tonight and batch prime based on the same information I posted in this post.  Desired volume of CO2 are  4.4 g/l (or 2.2 volumes)

Sugar addition = 53g (sugar syrup added to beer before bottling).

Updated: 19/06/12

This beer won me the competition! Woop.

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10 thoughts on “AG#11 Broadford Belgian Pale Ale

  1. I’m going to try rush a brew thru next weekend, not ideal as its May 5th International Homebrew Day and we should really be all brewing together!
    I’m going to use UK Cascade, NZ Cascade & US Cascade / Columbus.

  2. Great idea for a brewing competition. Sometimes when you’re restricted in the options available you can end up producing something much better than if you had every option open to you. I love the colour of the sample, and I’m intrigued to see how the yeast works with those hops. Good luck!

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  5. How long did you boil for Dave? You got a lot
    More colour from your MO than I did and I boiled down some first runnings? My main boil was 60 mins! Wondering if you get more kettle caramelisation than me?

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