Brewed: Dubbely Bad

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The Belgian Dubbel has been a beer style that hasn’t been on my favorite list. That was at least until I had an outstanding foreign Abbey version several years ago. The beer was outstanding: complex flavor and aroma that were spot on for the style. It made me wonder if a solid dubbel could be brewed in the United States. Also, there was a good chance that my poor early experiences with the style scared me away from trying quality American and foreign vintages throughout those years. In spite of that one wonderful offering I have never brewed the style nor have I chased the style down.

In walks the chance to get some ECY13 – Trappist Ale. I have been jumping at the chance for ECY yeast lately. I didn’t pass it up.

The thoughts of what to brew with the yeast began to jump through my head like thoughts a child has on Christmas Eve. Belgian strongs, dubbel, quad and more were all shaking the cobwebs of my mind. I ending up settling on a dubbel, making a starter large enough to create another starter for a quad in the coming weeks. The recipe was inspired (quite possibly copied from somewhere as my memory is failing at the moment) by similar recipes I found on the internet, putting together an “average” of what I found.

Outside of mildly missing gravity numbers (gravity in Beersmith was set to 83% for some reason) and mashing at 152*F instead of the targeted 154*F, the brew day went well. Rich joined me for the brewing session. We shared several American craft beers and plenty of home brew. Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, September 01, 2013
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: ECY13 Trappist Ale
Yeast Starter: 2 liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.061
IBU: 23.2
Color: 22.9 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
Fermentation: 14 days @68*F, 3 months @60*F

Grain Bill:
10.0# Pilsner
1.50# Munich
1.00# Caramunch I
0.50# Special B
1.00# Liquid Candi Sugar 160SRM

Saccharification @152.0*F

Hop Bill:
1.75 ounces Fuggles @60 minutes

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes


  • 2013-11-01: Racked to secondary.

Useless Fact: A standard grave is 7’8 x 3’2 x 6.

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