Matilda, The Seductress

The Temptation of the Idler
Albrecht Dürer, 1498

This is the penultimate post (minus the inevitable tasting notes) of my Brewing Vintage Beers Series. Today’s beer is  a Belgian Enkel, also known as a Patersbier. This is a style of beer that I wish was much more common – it has all the flavour and complexity of a double or triple, but comes in at less than 5% ABV and thus is quite sessionable. It solves all of the problems of dubbel and tripels; you can imbibe in pint after pint of an Enkel without finding yourself hugging the floor as the room spins around you.

This beer is obviously not a high-gravity beer, so why is it part of the vintage-beer series? The answer is that this isn’t just any old beer – it is also a massive stater for one hell of a big beer I’ll be brewing (and posting about) in two weeks time, and its also been scaled up to provide a few extra litres of wort to test-ferment a dozen wild yeasts I’ve isolated over the past year. This is truly a beer with many faces!

To make this beer a good “starter” for producing yeast I am taking the rather unusual route of adding yeast nutrient to what is a beer that wouldn’t normally require it – but keep in mind, our goal isn’t simply a good beer, but its also healthy yeast at the end of the ferment. Yeast nutrient plus a strong oxygenation will fulfill that goal.

Some may be wondering about the odd name for this beer. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is related to one of my favourite novels and also to the name of the strong/vintage beer this beer’s yeast cake will be re-pitched into.

Recipe & brew-day notes below the fold…

Recipe & Notes

Matilda, The Corruptor
Belgian Specialty Ale
Type: All GrainDate: 25 Jan 2015
Boil Size: 39.88 lBoil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Volume 35.88 lBrewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
3.64 kgPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain175.0 %
0.36 kgSpecial B Malt (180.0 SRM)Grain27.5 %
0.19 kgCarafa I (337.0 SRM)Grain33.9 %
0.66 kgTurbinado (10.0 SRM)Sugar413.6 %
29.00 gNorthern Brewer [6.10 %] – Boil 60.0 minHop515.3 IBUs
21.82 gHallertauer [4.80 %] – Boil 15.0 minHop64.5 IBUs
1.5 pkgTrappist High Gravity (Wyeast Labs #3787) [124.21 ml]Yeast7
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.036 SGMeasured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.005 SGEstimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.1 %
Bitterness: 19.8 IBUsEst Color: 17.0 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch SpargeTotal Grain Weight: 4.85 kg
Sparge Water: 33.15 lGrain Temperature: 21.0 C
Sparge Temperature: 75.6 CTun Temperature: 19.0 C
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUEMash PH: 5.20
Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 11.17 l of water at 74.7 C66.7 C60 min
Sparge Step: Batch sparge with 2 steps (13.09l, 20.07l) of 75.6 C water
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: BottleVolumes of CO2: 2.3
Pressure/Weight: 185.28 gCarbonation Used: Bottle with 185.28 g Corn Sugar
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 21.1 CAge for: 30.00 days
Fermentation: Ale, Two StageStorage Temperature: 18.3 C
-Hit mash-in temp dead-on
-Added first sparge at 85C to raise temp to mash-out
-Used mix of light brown sugar and white sugar to mimic turbinado
-Overshot gravity by quite a bit (1.040 pre-boil gravity!)
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