The Pilgrimage

I finally made it out to Northern Brewer yesterday afternoon. While there I purchased the ingredients for my Leftover EPA and an ingredient kit for a batch of ESB.

Unfortunately, NB was out of some of the ingredients I had chosen for the Leftover EPA. As a result, I made the following substitutions:

  • Loose leaf Cascade hops were substituted for Fuggles.
  • Crystal 20L was substituted for 10L
  • Wyeast #3944 (Belgian Witbier) was substituted for #3724 (Belgian Saison)

Cascade hops are usually higher in alpha acid than fuggles, so this beer will beer more bitter than I expected. The difference between the 10L and 20L should be negligible. The change that concerns me the most is the yeast. I had chosen the Belgian Saison yeast because it had a high attenuation rate and a fermentation range that extended to 85 degrees. My second choice would have been Wyeast #3522, Belgian Ardennes, with the same fermentation range but just a slightly lower attenuation. Instead, I followed the clerk’s advice and chose the Belgian Witbier, which has a lower attenuation rate and a lower fermentation range.

I still have high hopes for this batch however.


About foambrew

I'm a food science graduate from the University of Minnesota. I spend my time being in Seoul for a year, brewing beer, consuming food, biking, playing the tuba, and enjoying the Twins and Gophers. I can usually be found doing some combination or derivative of these things.
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