De Koningsbeker Belgian Dark Strong Ale 5 Gallon
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WHAT YOU GET
2 Cans of Coopers Dark Malt
1 Can of Coopers Amber Malt
1 Can of Coopers Light Malt
4 Packets of BrewMax Booster
4 Packets of Goldings Hops
2 Packets of Crystal 40 Malt
2 Packets of Munich Malt
1 Packet of T-58 Ale Yeast
5 Muslin Hop Sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
1/2 Cup of Raisins
FOR FANS OF
Belgian Strong Ales
Original Gravity: 1.088
Final Gravity: 1.026
SRM: (Color): 23
IBU: (Bitterness): 20
STEP 1: SANITIZING
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, proceed immediately to brewing.
STEP 2: BREWING
Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.
1. Add all the grains between 2 of the muslin sacks and tie them closed so that the grain can flow freely within the sacks. Set aside.
2. Add 8 cups of water to a 1 gallon or larger boil pot. Add all 4 packets of Boosters to the cool water and stir until dissolved. Begin heating the water to a range of 155-160 degrees F and hold, at this range. Next, add the grain sack into the water, and maintain the 155-160 temp for 30 minutes.
3. While you wait, add ¼ cup of raisins to one of the muslin sacks, and tie it closed so that the raisins have room to expand and flow freely within the sack. Set aside.
4. Next, add 2 packets of hops to each of the two remaining sacks, and set them aside.
5. After the 30-minute steep has completed, turn off the heat and remove the grain sacks from the pot and place them into a colander to drain, allowing the runoff to flow back into the pot, and rinse the grains with one cup of hot water (around 160 degrees), letting the excess runoff flow back into your pot. DO NOT squeeze the grain sacks. Once drained, discard the grain sacks.
6. Bring the grain water to a low rolling boil. Add in ONE of the hop sacks you prepared earlier and allow it to boil in the grain water mixture for a total of 60 minutes.
7. 30 minutes after the addition of the first hop sack, add in the second hopsack and allow it to boil for 30 more minutes.
8. After the second hop sack has been boiling for 25 minutes, add in the sack containing the raisins and allow it boil for 5 more minutes, then remove the raisins and discard, remove the pot from the heat.
9. Once the total 60-minute boil has completed and you have removed your pot from the heat, add in ALL 4 cans of Cooper’s UME. Stir with a sanitized spoon to combine. This unfermented mixture is called “wort”.
10. Remove the two sacks containing the hops from the wort.
11. Fill your fermenter with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole. Approximately 1-2 gallons of water.
12. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5 gallons or 19-liters by adding more cold water.
13. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
14. Sprinkle the T-58 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 60- and 72-degrees F and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 to 21 days, total.
STEP 3: BOTTLING & CARBONATING
After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (14 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.
3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
TIP FROM OUR BREWMASTERS
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer