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De Belge Farmhouse IPA beer kit is unlike any Belgian ale you’ve had before - aggressively bitter, roundly Belgian, brilliantly aromatic. Reminiscent of Orval (pick up some Brett. B to add that special character) before they scrubbed the calcium deposits off the coppers. Built on a base of Belgian pils with a small percentage of torrefied wheat to fill out the body and add a suggestion of creaminess, then hopped to high levels with European gems (Brewer's Gold and Hallertau, anyone?) and rippling with rich yeast fruitiness. Back before the world caught on to the brilliance of Wallonian saison, brewers were wont to over-hop as their hearts dictated. Here we attempt to capture their joie de houblon, and bring full circle the versatility of "old" hop varieties.
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Beer Kit Yield 3 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here! Beer Style IPA Regional Style Belgian Color Light Original Gravity 1060 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
Browse 1 question and 5 answersShow all answers | Sort byHello, I'm looking to try BIAB brewing, coming from extract brewing. I've done a fair amount of extract brewing, and I'm used to 5-gallon yields. I don't have the equipment to accommodate 3-gallon yields (3-gallon carboy, etc.). My instinct tells me to simply order two of these kits (yields 6-gallons) and brew them together at the same time using my existing equipment (I have a FastFerment conical fermentor which can accommodate up to 7.5 gallons).
Is there something that I'm missing or not understanding? Is it recommended to stick with a 3-gallon batch, or is it as simple as purchasing two BIAB kits and brewing them at the same time on brew day?
Best regards.De Belge Farmhouse IPA BIAB All Grain KitBest Answer: I've recently switched from extract to BIAB as well and have only done a couple of batches with the process, so make sure you enjoy a nice grain of salt with my advice. Let's look at your options.
If you were to just brew one single batch you'd have a significant amount of extra head space at the top of your fermenter at which point the biggest risk I can think of is potential oxidation.
If by "brew together at the same time" you mean to sequentially brew one after the other and then ferment them both in the same vessel, you'll be just fine (you'll just have a long brew day is all, it usually takes me about 4 hours to do a single BIAB batch on the stove).
If you mean to brew them both at the same time concurrently I think you'll have a bit of a challenge on your hands. I recently brewed a batch using 10 lbs of grain with my BIAB system. I got the impression that I might not want to push the setup much beyond that. To double up it looks like you'll be using about 17 lbs which sounds like a lot to me. If you go this rout you'll probably have to use less water then the instructions recommend (5.5 gal per batch), unless you've got a kettle capable of handling over 11 gallons well. I also found that in the first batch I did I did not experience the water loss that the recipe anticipates so I wound up with a low gravity when I used 5.5 gal as a starting point. In a subsequent batch I used 2 quarts per lb of grain and I got better results (although results may vary based on personal setup). Your hop utilization will also be affected by the volume in the boil kettle (how big of a concern that is, I'm not sure). Come the end of the day will you get beer? sure. Will it be decent? probably. However, if you go this route you might have some logistical challenges to deal with depending on your setup.
Good luck and happy brewing.
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