Belgian style Golden Strong Ale

I’m brewing up a Golden Strong Ale today.  I made sure to title it a Belgian style instead of true Belgian for you purists out there.  Technically, this will be a Louisiana Golden Strong Ale…I’m liking the sound of that already!

Already brewday hasn’t gone quite to plan, my mash efficiency was a little lower than my normal brews.  I still want to figure out what exactly happened to hurt me so, but that is for another time.  Right now, I am concentrated on fixing the issue.  For me, this means a longer boil, which is why I have time for a quick blog post.  I don’t mind sacrificing a little volume to better attempt to hit my numbers.

Everything else so far has gone swimingly, however.  All a product of proper planning.  Planning your brew day out sure goes a long way in easing your mind during the process.

My recipe can be found below, I’ll certainly be checking back in to let you know how this one turned out.

Golden Strong Ale

5.5 gallons

15lbs Pilsen

3lbs Sucrose

East Kent Golding 2 oz at 60 min

Czech Saaz 2 oz at 30 min

Target Gravity was 1.100, but looking like I’ll be closer to 1.090.

Targeting 1.009 on the final gravity.

Fermenting with WLP570.  Going for fermentation in the low 80s this time.