Ambiorix Golden Strong Ale

Since Michelle can’t drink beer right now, I thought it would be fun to brew something that I would not ordinarily try. Yesterday I brewed my first Belgian-style beer; a golden strong ale. Since it is a partial mash recipe, the wort was a little darker than I anticipated even though I used 1/2 pale and 1/2 pilsner liquid extract. Live and learn, I guess.

  • 4 lbs light LME
  • 4 lbs extra-light LME
  • 1 lbs Carapils (steeped)
  • 1 lbs Cane Sugar
  • 1 oz Santiam (6.5% aa) @ 60 min
  • 1 oz Santiam (6.5% aa) @ 10 min
  • 1 oz Crystal (3.9% aa) @ 8 min
  • 1.5 oz Crystal (3.9% aa) @ 2 min
  • Fermentis T-58 dry ale yeast

I pitched a starter for the yeast on Friday and the stuff wasted no time turning the wort into beer – I had fermentation within 6 hours and this morning it was going crazy. I’ll be watching the temperature to see if it gets too warm, in which case I’ll move it down into the basement.

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